Michael Tomasky: With his incendiary speech to the NAACP, Mitt crossed an ugly line. No longer simply spineless and disingenuous, he’s now become a race-mongering pyromaniac.
Until yesterday, I thought of Mitt Romney as a spineless, disingenuous, and supercilious but more or less decently intentioned person who at least wasn’t the race-mongering pyromaniac that some other Republican candidates of my lifetime have been. Then he gave his speech to the NAACP, and now I think of him as a spineless, disingenuous, supercilious, race-mongering pyromaniac who is very poorly intentioned indeed, and woe to us if this man sets foot in the White House as anything but a tourist.
Let’s bat the easy charges out of the way first. Spineless? Please. He’s taken every position the Tea Party base has asked and a few they didn’t. Disingenuous? Easy. Either he’s lying now about health care, abortion rights, his support for Ronald Reagan, and his posture toward Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge, or he was lying then. Supercilious? Seems appropriate and perhaps even a bit mild for a man who made fun of NASCAR fans’ rain ponchos and a working-class family’s cookie service.
But he wasn’t a race-baiter until yesterday….
9:40: President Obama departs the White House
10:40: Arrives in Norfolk, Virginia
12:55: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach
2:40: Departs Norfolk, Virginia en route Hampton, Virginia
3:05: Arrives in Hampton
4:25: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Phoebus High School, Hampton
5:30: Departs Hampton, Virginia en route Roanoke, Virginia
7:05: Speaks to supporters at a fire station in Roanoke