Philadelphia Daily News
Mitt Romney just scored a two-fer.
First, his speech Wednesday to the NAACP was the right thing to do because it showed he’s unafraid to leave the usual GOP bubble of controlled campaign events in front of selected, friendly audiences.
And it showed he’s willing to say unpopular things (for which he was booed and/or tongue-clucked) such as his intent to repeal Obamacare and his assertion he’d be better for the African-American community than the first elected African-American president.
There are those suggesting the boo lines were intended to win support among conservatives and independents, but that’s coming mostly from conservatives and some independents.
Still, I understand the take. And if anybody needs a shot of “says what he means no matter to whom” it is wafflemeister Mitt.
Mitt’s other score came Thursday with release of a powerful new TV ad that goes at the President and his campaign for banging away on charges that Mitt outsourced American jobs and thus contributed to unemployment woes.
The ad, which you can watch here, is a killer.
It sites The Washington Post and the highly-respected FactCheck.org as saying there’s little or no evidence to support claims that Mitt shipped American jobs overseas while he was running Bain Capital.
“When a president doesn’t tell the truth,” the ad states, “how can we trust him to lead?”
It also recalls a golden moment from the `08 Democratic primary when Hillary Clinton lashed out at candidate Obama. It says Obama lied about Clinton and then shows a clip of an angry Clinton saying, “So shame on you, Barack Obama.”
It ends with labeling Obama’s campaign as “dishonest,” and says that’s “another reason America has lost confidence in Barack Obama.”
It’s hard to know how many voters are paying attention at this stage and there’s lots that can and will happen twixt now and November.
But at least today, Mitt appears to be really on the move.