A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed President Obama had the support of 94%, of African Americans, while Mitt Romney had the backing of 0%. When I saw those results, I first asked "How the heck does Mitt Romney get no support from African Americans in a political poll?"
In addition, almost 65% of Latino voters were recently polled in an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo survey and said they plan to back Obama in November, compared to about 30% for Romney. As we've heard for the past year, if Romney doesn't get at least 40% of the Hispanic vote, he can't win. Especially, when he's carrying a great big zero among black voters.
It appears the GOP has a serious problem with minority voters. Gee, how did that happen? Could it be the rhetoric coming from the so-called party leaders? Let's see...
Rick Santorum, former U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania and a 2012 candidate for the GOP President nomination, was caught on video saying, "I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money."
He later claimed he didn't say "black", but he actually said, "blah". Really?
"I don't want to make blah people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money."
I guess that makes sense. (Listen here and you be the judge).
And there's Newt Gingrich, another 2012 GOP candidate for the nomination, who routinely insults President Barack Obama as the "best food stamp president in American history", playing to a long-held stereotype.
He once told a town hall meeting of seniors in Plymouth, N.H., that if the NAACP invites him to speak at its annual convention, he'd go there and talk about "why the African American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps."
And let's not forget about Texas Governor Rick Perry's Niggerhead Ranch.
And the hits just keep coming. Is anyone really shocked the Republican Party has such a hard time getting support from African Americans or Latinos?
Not to mention the diabolical way they've tried to delegitimizing and dehumanize this President. He's not a man who's been constitutionally elected to his office, but some unqualified Kenyan socialist who somehow defrauded his way to the highest office of the land. An affirmative action President unworthy of his position.
Whether it's an image of a watermelon patch growing on the front lawn of the White House or a picture of the President being held as a pet chimpanzee, the base is responding. Need more proof? Just last week, two attendees of the Republican National Convention were thrown out of the convention center in Tampa on Tuesday after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, "this is how we feed the animals."
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) August 29, 2012
Mitt Romney, wanting to appeal to a base that's still not sure if he's one of them, has allowed his behavior to sink the level of the company he keeps. A day after appearing at an NAACP event, where he received loud disapproval for his promise to end the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he proudly said to reporters, "If you're looking for free stuff you don't have to pay for? Vote for the other guy, that's what he's all about, okay? That's not, that's not what I'm about."
Mr. Romney has even decided to wade into the already overfilled waters of birtherism with a "joke" directed subtly at President Obama. Speaking about his Michigan roots, Mr. Romney said to a crowd of supporters, "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."
We get it, Mr. Romney. You're a white guy in your sixties. Of course you're an American citizen.
The GOP is no longer the Party of Lincoln. It is now the Party of Mitt, one willing to play to the fears and prejudices of the masses, instead of the hopes and aspirations that have kept this country going. Of course, he believes it's the only path to victory. And it could work. But if Mitt Romney is elected President, we will have a man in White House who has shown he is devoid of any sense of morality and decency. He's a man who will do anything to win his prize.
I hope the GOP and Mr. Romney are proud of this 2012 version of Republican Party, because you definitely built it.
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