RUSH: 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.
Not once in this entire article is it ever mentioned that Romney supports school vouchers, which Obama doesn’t. It’s something you think that local school officials would support as well. The article quotes the mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, as saying that Romney, “Suddenly somehow found West Philadelphia.” But Nutter said, “I donÂ’t know that a one-day experience in the heart of West Philadelphia is enough to get you ready to run the United States of America.”
Now, that’s a little ironic, given that you might think Mayor Nutter would be in hiding after what he and his fellow Democrats have done to that once great city. Then there’s a quote from a woman named Madaline Dunn, who said she was “personally offended” that Romney would visit her neighborhood. She said it was, “absolutely denigrating for him to come in here and speak his garbage.” Now, who is this babe? Madaline Dunn, she’s a longtime Democrat political activist. She has served as a chairwoman for the radical Philadelphia Congress of the National Congress of black women. She’s currently listed as one of Obama’s Truth Team. This is not in the story. I wanted to find out why was this woman being quoted? I was curious. Who is this woman? The Post doesn’t tell us. I found that stuff out on my own. They just portray her as another legitimately and genuinely outraged resident.
The bottom line is, Romney attempting outreach, goes into an inner city school to talk about his education ideas in West Philly and is basically told to get the hell out. “What are you doing here, pal? We don’t want you here.” It won’t be long before we hear some civil rights leader saying, “They don’t care about us, the Republicans, they don’t care about us. They never reach out. They never try.” So it’s a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation.
I don’t blame Romney for trying this. In fact, I give him credit for it. But it’s why I am of the belief that there’s no compromise here. I mean Romney shows up and they’re basically gonna say for publication that they’re offended he would dare come into their neighborhood and denigrate him for doing so, say that when he talks he’s speaking garbage? Where in the world is compromise there? Where is the common ground? That’s why to me defeating these people is what’s paramount. Not getting along with them and not trying to find common areas of agreement, particularly in an election year.
I mean, I wouldn’t expect these people to do anything other than what they are doing. They’re Obama voters. They’re Obama supporters. They’re Democrats. They’re not interested in what Romney has to say. Romney, to his credit, goes in there and he can always say that he did, and he can talk about the effort that he made. But note that it wasn’t widely reported. You probably didn’t know about this. I mean hell, if Dawn hadn’t heard about the new South Beach Diet, I’m sure you hadn’t heard about this story.
RUSH: If Romney had not gone to a black neighborhood to campaign, they’d call him a racist. You know how long this stuff has been going on? Does the name Jack Kemp ring a bell? As far back as the early nineties, Jack Kemp had an idea for Republican outreach to inner city communities. One of the ideas he came up with was something called enterprise zones, and in theory they’re pretty cool. There aren’t any to speak of. It’s not for lack of effort. Just the outreach isn’t really desired.
They talk about it, but all they do is talk. They demand outreach. “Show us you care! Show us you’re not racist! Show us that you’re not the KKK!” So Romney goes in, and they say, “What are you doing here? Get the hell out of our neighborhood! You make me sick! You got no business being here!” Then you have media people that tweet, “Well, what the hell did Romney think was gonna happen when he goes into a west Philadelphia neighborhood?
“Who’s the idiot that sent Romney in there? What did he they was gonna happen?” Those were media tweets. “Did they not think he’d be peppered by pro-Obama protesters? Who was the idiot sent Romney in there?” Once again, it’s accepting a premise. The premise is that we don’t care about minorities. Which is bogus! We care about everybody. We just don’t see people as minorities. We don’t see people as members of groups.