Romney later told Fox News that he had expected to be booed but believes in carrying the same message wherever he speaks. MSNBC hosts and their like-minded guests hit Romney for not playing to the NAACP crowd, that is, for not pandering.
Actually, Romney reached out to like-minded NAACP members when he talked about strong families, economic opportunity and his abiding belief in God. He even won some applause when he vowed to "defend traditional marriage."
Romney adviser Tara Wall said that though Romney "acknowledges that he will not get a majority of support from black voters, he also recognizes that President Obama can no longer count on the margins he once enjoyed." She continued, "We aim to seize on those opportunities."
This was one venue where Romney's low-key manner worked well. The audience may have booed, but anyone who saw the speech knows that it was not because the plain-spoken Romney was being gratuitously divisive.