March 3rd, 2015
Never Mind, Mitt Romney Really Doesn’t Get It
Like John McCain before him, Mitt Romney has lost an election in a coast-to-coast drubbing by Barack Obama. Like McCain, Romney also doesn’t get why America rejected him.
Mitt Romney told his top donors Wednesday that his loss toPresident Obama was a disappointing result that neither he nor his top aides had expected, but said he believed his team ran a “superb” campaign with “no drama,” and attributed his rival’s victory to “the gifts” the administration had given to blacks, Hispanics and young voters during Obama’s first term.
Obama, Romney argued, had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited as motivating factors to young voters the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and the extension of health coverage for students on their parents’ insurance plans well into their 20s. Free contraception coverage under Obama’s healthcare plan, he added, gave an extra incentive to college-age women to back the president.
Romney argued that Obama’s healthcare plan’s promise of coverage “in perpetuity” was “highly motivational” to those voters making $25,000 to $35,000 who might not have been covered, as well as to African American and Hispanic voters. Pivoting to immigration, Romney said the Obama campaign’s efforts to paint him as “anti-immigrant” had been effective and that the administration’s promise to offer what he called “amnesty” to the children of illegal immigrants had helped turn out Hispanic voters in record numbers.
These guys. No, Mitt, you didn’t lose because of Obama giving away things. You lost because you’re an out of touch wealthy elitist who couldn’t connect with the American people. You lost because you called corporations people and described soldiers and people on disability as those who feel “entitled” to food. You lost because you embraced in a bear hug the most fringe anti-immigrant position out there. You lost due to the inability to connect on a basic level with people who don’t earn six figures a year.
But what’s great is that Republicans haven’t learned anything. Nevermind that they are the party and movement of corporate and 1% gifts and giveaways, they think that the only reason Democrats like Obama win are giveaways to minority groups, not because the Republican party has whittled itself down to white male wealthy extremists.
There’s a different America out there. A more diverse, tolerant America than the one in which guys like Mitt Romney used to run to the exclusion of all the rest of us. This election, more than any other, has bitten the old ruling class in the rear end, but they’re too busy making even more excuses for why they suck to even realize this.
March 3rd, 2015