|Back in 2008, at a stop in Jacksonville, Florida, Mitt Romney took a photo with Black youth and he uttered "Who Let The Dogs Out?" in response. Romney is trying to chip away President Barack Obama's strongest supporters.|
In July, Romney will speak at the NAACP conference. Will he use the charm offense to chip away the president's most loyal base?
The Republican Party and the Black community. A friendship of convenience?
Most Blacks vote primarily Democrat in the national elections. They usually vote Republican in local elections. Nonetheless, all politics is local and Democrats and Republicans see this as a potential to court voters undecided on who they'll vote for in the general election.
Conservative agitators such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly kind of make the Republican Party look intrusive and divisive. They ramble on radio and television about the epidemic of Black crime, the blatant disrespect of the president and making issues of Civil Rights leaders and organizations. They kind of make Blacks less likely support Republicans.
Mitt Romney is a panderer to whatever the political winds shift. That kind of makes Republicans nervous. But again, the Republicans are enthusiastic about voting this year! The Democrats aren't so much. The president and Congress have been stalemating for the last few years and many Americans feel that President Barack Obama can't deliver the "Hope and Change" they've been looking for.
In 2007 when Mitt Romney ran the first time, he along with Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), former mayor Rudy Giuliani and former senator Fred Thompson skipped the Morgan State Debate. This debate focused on issues in the Black community. The issues that matter didn't seem important to then presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Now it's like he's seen the light and he'll focus on trying to win a few Black votes.
Romney and his supporters are mostly White males. Many people are starting to warm up to the 65-year old father of five. Romney's biggest strength is his record on business as founder of Bain Capital. His weakness is his inconsistency on issues domestic and international alongside his record as governor.
Republican congressmen Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Allen West (R-Florida) are working hard to help Romney bring over a few disgruntled Black voters.
Things that comes to mind with his decision to attend the NAACP Conference.
Will Romney denounce the smear tactics of the late Andrew Breitbart and Matt Drudge?
Will Romney address the issues of unemployment in the Black community?
Will Romney focus on small business in the Black community?
Will Romney address the divide between wealth?
Will Romney address the issue of White flight and misconceptions of crime in the Black community?
Will Romney stay focused on issues like home ownership, single families, married families, the intrusion tactics by law enforcement and thoughts of religion in the Black community?
Will Romney discuss issues like health and wellness in the Black community?
Will Romney avoid political dog whistles?
His former rivals Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) have used political dog whistles to rile up the extremist wing of the Republican Party. Conservative agitators such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Tucker Carlson, Michelle Malkin, Jesse Lee Peterson, and others who pander to disrespecting the president and the Black community.
Now many Republicans are going to chime in and voice disgust about the candidate's decision to reach out to a base that wants nothing to do with him. Some conservative are probably thinking he's walking into a trap. Some of the issues that will be discussed will make Romney uncomfortable. Will he handle the matter carefully?