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Who Let the Dog’s out… Who? Who?

July 11, 2012


Tomorrow Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney will be addressing the 103rd National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention in Houston, TX.

No. Really, he will be. Unless he gets a cold at the last second or maybe the family dog get’s sick from the ride over – he will be speaking at the convention that has the theme  “This is my power. This is my decision. This is my vote”

The likelihood that any of the people in the convention hall will be using their power, decisions or vote on Romney is highly doubtful.

Currently President Obama is polling at 87% amongst African American voters and with undecideds historically around 6% – it’s not looking too good for Romney.

Of course those numbers are not without good reason. Mitt’s inability to connect with blacks can only compared to his connection to the poor… it’s just not happening. One only has to look to this video to see why… when he asked a dozen or so young black kids… “Who? Who let the dogs out?”

We can hope that, the seminal track by the Baja Boys will not be his intro music… but for someone so famously out of touch – I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out on stage singing it like Obama belting “I’m so in love with you”

But in all seriousness – speech’s like this by Presidential nominees get a lot of attention – they are places that plans can be laid out and misunderstandings can be smoothed out.

Romney has a lot of smoothing to do.

From his white supremacist adviser (co-author of SB1070) Kris Kobach, his clowning around with head Birther Donald Trump to his adamant support of voter disenfranchisement laws such as voter ID – he’ll need ALOT of ironing.

While I don’t think that he can win that many voters over tomorrow – with one good speech he can separate himself from the people he surround keeps around.
Something like this.

“[W]hile our communication should always deal with current issues of importance, it must never stray far from our national commitment to battle against discrimination and increase our knowledge of each other.
A few isolated groups in the backwater of American life still hold perverted notions of what America is all about. Recently in some places in the nation there’s been a disturbing reoccurrence of bigotry and violence. If I may, from the platform of this organization, known for its tolerance, I would like to address a few remarks to those groups who still adhere to senseless racism and religious prejudice, to those individuals who persist in such hateful behavior.
If I were speaking to them instead of to you, I would say to them, “You are the ones who are out of step with our society. You are the ones who willfully violate the meaning of the dream that is America. And this country, because of what it stands for, will not stand for your conduct.” My administration will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who, by violence or intimidation, would attempt to deny Americans their constitutional rights.”

I’d like to see the response he gets amongst his friends at Fox, Arizona and in Trump Towers if he said those words to the NAACP tomorrow – the same words that their hero, Ronald Reagan said 31 years ago to the same group.

If you don’t believe me… here’s the video.

[yes, I cheated a bit and reused this video from a previous story I wrote about Sarah Palin for TheMudflats…. but you know, when you’ve got something good… you got to use it as much as possible. ]

Zach D Roberts is TheMudflats New York Bureau Chief and Greg Palast’s producer and researcher. He will be moving to Alaska very soon, he really promises.

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