When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy, I didn’t get the same response. That’s O.K, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine… 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. Mitt Romney, July 14, 2012
As Rolling Stone Magazine pointed out, the day after giving his speech to the NAACP in which he was booed for declaring that he would rescind Obama's health care legislation, Romney gave a speech to a more congenial crowd in Montana in which he made the comment about "free stuff". Read it carefully.
Fox News rhapsodized about Romney's "courage" in going to an audience known to be hostile to Republicans and laying it on the line. Woohoo!
He allegedly gave them the same speech he gives to white audiences. That's manly of him.
Except he did and he didn't. That is, it would have been courageous if Romney had made a bold statement of his personal principles and then made specific promise about things he was going to do as President which are necessary and right but which are politically unpopular.
That is exactly what he did not do.
He basically told them that he would cut taxes to the richest people in the country, increase military spending to deal with the communist menace, and then magically make the deficit go away without having to cut any entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.
His speech was nothing more than the usual clichés and conservative stock phrases and platitudes. And he clearly didn't care what they thought about it: the speech was not meant for them. It was meant for those folks up in Montana waiting for the line about "free stuff". They got it.
He wasn't booed because he advocated unpopular political positions but because he acted as if he was completely oblivious to where he was. It was as if your smelly old aunt with bad breath suddenly leaned in on you one day and urged you to get a haircut and go to church and get a job and find some girl and get married. And you already have a job.