Kathleen Parker: Trolling for boos in Houston
WASHINGTON — We're still a few weeks from summer's dog days and the conventions, and already feral rabidity has set in. Add to the long list of psycho-political syndromes the “Romney Derangement Syndrome.”
There is simply no other way to explain what has transpired in the few days since Mitt Romney's speech to the NAACP. If you read a headline or watched the news, most likely you're aware that Romney was booed for saying he would repeal “Obamacare.” What you may not know is that Romney also left the stage to a standing ovation.
In the aftermath, conservative talk shows and bloggers have made haste to clarify the event, but not before several on the other side of the aisle had made some stupendously strange remarks.
It is true that Romney was booed at the mention of “Obamacare” and his intention to repeal the Affordable Care Act as one of several programs that he says are too costly in these dear economic times. Was Romney surprised at the response? Of course not. The vast majority of blacks support the nation's first African-American president and most are favorably inclined toward his signature health care act.
While grudgingly giving Romney credit for showing up, commentators and politicos on the left have joined the birthers in being just plain weird. The narrative du jour is that Romney purposely used the term “Obamacare” to ensure that he was booed in order to … incite his racist white base.
Among those advancing this, ahem, “theory” is Nancy Pelosi, who said it was a “calculated move.” MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell said Romney was making a play for white racists. Over at The Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky called Romney a “race-mongering pyromaniac,” and wrote:
“You don't go into the NAACP and use the word ‘Obamacare' and think that you're not going to hear some boos. It's a heavily loaded word, and Romney and his people know very well that liberals and the president's supporters consider it an insult. … Romney and team obviously concluded that a little shower of boos was perfectly fine because the story ‘Romney Booed at NAACP' would jazz up their (very white) base.”
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