This entire interview was a set up from the start and the field hands fell for it hook, line and sinker.
Guest: Goldie Taylor, managing editor of the Goldie Taylor Project and a contributor of thegrio.com, which is part of NBC NewsO`DONNELL: Goldie Taylor, you`re a Southerner, you know the Southern strategy that Republicans have used since Nixon and started a little bit before that, where there`s actually an almost-overt sometimes appeal to racial and racist voting.And tell me, Goldie, if I`m being too cynical, to think that the Romney campaign actually went in that room today with the hope of getting booed, at least three times, because they want the video of their candidate being booed by the NAACP to play in certain racist precincts where that will actually help them?GOLDIE TAYLOR, THE GRIO.COM: I don`t think you`re being too cynical at all. As, you know, our friend Toure said earlier today, you know, I truly believe that Mitt Romney went into that room, not to speak to the NAACP, but to speak to his base. He still has a large base of conservative voters that he has to convince that he`s one of them. And given his switching stance on issues, they just don`t trust him. And so he looked to the NAACP to give him some kind of credibility.If he really intended to speak to this venerable civil rights organization, the oldest in our country, then he might have walked into the room and talked about how we fix basic public education, because we know education disrupts poverty. If he intended, I think, to speak to the NAACP, then maybe he would have gone into the room to repudiate some of the attacks on, you know, people who want to vote in this country.People who are legally able to vote in this country, and some of the very draconian laws that have come to grow to keep, you know, everyday citizens from the polls, who happen to skew Democratic — the elderly, young college students, you know, people who are poor, who don`t have access readily to some of the IDs that they are looking for today. Maybe we would have spoken to these issues.Instead, as Mark Thompson said, he was highly paternalistic. He used a word like “Obamacare,” which is a derisive term for the Affordable Care Act.THOMPSON: Right.TAYLOR: If he was truly interested in speaking to the NAACP, then he would have done that. But I`ll tell you this, he said we didn`t know his heart and maybe we would vote for him if we did. Well, we learned his heart tonight, because he left that speech and went to a fund-raiser and said out loud, and I quote, “If all they`re looking for is more free government stuff, they should vote for the other guy.”That tells me all I need to know now about Mitt Romney, who at first I believed was just disconnected. Now I know his problem is much bigger than that.