Romney really showed us something in his luridly self-congratulating N.A.A.C.P. gambit, followed by the awesomely disgusting "free stuff" post-mortem speech he delivered the next night in front of friendlier audiences. The twin appearances revealed the candidate to be not merely unlikable, and not merely a fatuous, unoriginal hack of a politician, but also a genuinely repugnant human being, a grasping corporate hypocrite with so little feel for how to get along with people that he has to dream up elaborate schemes just to try to pander to the mob.
I'm not sure which is worse - dreaming it up before or after his Obamacare comment at the NAACP. It doesn't matter.
What he said:
But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff.
What he meant in my own words, and no "dog whistle" here, plain as day:
"See how them fuckin' niggers are? They just want to lay around and let you support them, the lazy bastards. I'm the white massa, I'll show 'em, vote for me."
No worries Willard. You didn't have to say it. The 'people' you were addressing would never, ever, vote for Obama.
Mr. Taibbi concludes:
Romney can’t even be mean with any honesty. Even when he’s pandering to viciousness, ignorance and racism, it comes across like a scaly calculation. A guy who feels like he has to take a dump on the N.A.A.C.P. in Houston in order to connect with frustrated white yahoos everywhere else is a guy who has absolutely no social instincts at all. Someone like Jesse Helms at least had a genuine emotional connection with his crazy-mean-stupid audiences. But Mitt Romney has to think his way to the lowest common denominator, which is somehow so much worse.
[...] His vision of humanity is just a million tons of meat floating around in a sea of base calculations. He’s like a teenager who stays up all night thinking of a way to impress the prom queen, and what he comes up with is kicking a kid in a wheelchair. Instincts like those are probably what made him a great leveraged buyout specialist, but in a public figure? Man, is he a disaster. It’s really incredible theater, watching the Republicans talk themselves into this guy.
Suck it, bitchez. He's whatcha got. The other Other.
And just for fun, where Willard no doubt learned everything he "knows" about Afro-Americans:
A spoof on President Gerald Ford's Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz who thought he knew what would satisfy the "negroes."