How many of you have often thought, often believed that if the Republicans would make some real genuine outreach effort to the black community and just get three to five percent of the black vote, if we could do that, that would end it? A lot of people believe that. And the rule of thumb, standard operating procedure, opinion is that Republicans just never make the effort. They don’t know how. Outreach to the African-American community, they don’t do it. They should try it. Well, Romney did. Romney went to Philadelphia. The Washington Post has the details.

“When Mitt Romney came to an inner-city charter school here Thursday to promote his new education agenda, he received something of a history lecture about the persecution of blacks in America and the struggles of African American children to meet the academic achievements of their white counterparts.” What persecution would that be? Persecution of blacks in America. What are we talking about? Affirmative action? What is this persecution that’s going on? So Romney goes in for some outreach. This story, by the way, it was in the Washington Post, but it wasn’t picked up. It didn’t get very much attention.

Let me briefly tell you what happened. Romney goes to this charter school in West Philadelphia. Local officials attending the event lectured him and insulted him. The Obama campaign organized so-called residents to protest across the street from the school where Romney was. They shouted at Romney, and they told him to get out of their neighborhood. Now, I want you to just try to imagine the outrage from our news media if the Romney campaign had organized whites to tell Obama to get out of their neighborhood. But there was no outrage. This story caused none. I mean even the Washington Post sounds amused. They think this was funny, what happened. But you see, apparently the Republicans are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

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