First, though, a little context. Believe it or not, Barack Obama did not get all the African American vote in 2008. Senator John McCain still managed to score about 4 percent. And now, after three years, people of all colors can judge President Obama by his record. So how much of the African American vote is going for Mitt Romney in our latest polls?
Our number of the day …
In an NBC–Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday, even though Obama is getting 94 percent from African Americans — about the same as four years ago — Romney can’t even catch the spillover. The small nugget of black voters who wouldn’t vote for Obama four years ago still can’t stand Romney.
And this is even after Republicans floated the rumor that Condoleezza Rice would be his running mate. Come on, Mitt — didn’t that matter? No. It just seemed false and condescending. What matters is policy.
Romney loses points for looking out of step with most Americans — and for not seeming to care about average people.
So whether or not you judge the president by the color of his skin, Mitt is still being judged by his lack of character.