I thought the Republican presidential candidate would simply evaporate into the ether after the election, but apparently he wasn’t the only one living in fantasyland.
From the Los Angeles Times:
“Mitt Romney told his top donors Wednesday that his loss to President 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.”
As William Saletan over at Slate astutely points out, Mitt’s most recent comments on blacks, Latinos and women sound awfully similar to the comments he made in the now-infamous 47 percent video recorded back in May. Governor Romney and his campaign later argued that the words had simply come out the wrong way.
“The call belies everything Romney said in his attempts to clean up the 47 percent video,” Saletan writes. “At the Sept. 19 Univision forum, Romney said the country was too divided, and he proclaimed his commitment to the poor. On the call, he depicts blacks, Latinos, and young women as interest groups bought off by handouts and amnesty. At the Univision forum, Romney framed food stamps as something unemployed people ‘had to go onto.’ On the call, he casts public assistance as ‘extraordinary financial gifts’ eagerly seized in exchange for votes.”
But now that Romney is no longer the GOP’s reluctant pick for the White House, Republicans can thoroughly disown Romney and anything he says from here on out.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is also head of the Republican Governors Association, and fellow Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin have both fired back at Romney’s comments. Speaking after Jindal at a conference in Las Vegas, Governor Walker said the Republican Party isn’t “just for people who are currently not dependent on the government. It’s for all Americans.”
Considering that Romney was “shell-shocked” when he learned that he’d lost the election, it’s clear that he still hasn’t come to terms with why or how he lost to the president. He wants to believe his ideas were the right ones for America, but that 47 percent of us were led astray by the promise of big gifts, stuff like immigration reform, reproductive rights, affordable education, social safety nets, health care, and the like.
Truth is, Romney was unable to defeat an incumbent black president with a Muslim name presiding over the toughest economic period in 70 years. If that doesn’t underscore how unpopular Romney’s plans for America were, I don’t know what does.