If Not For You Meddling Kids, African Americans, and Hispanics

Washington Post, defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney goes all Scooby Doo villain:

Mitt Romney is blaming his loss in the presidential election on “Obamacare” and other “gifts” he says President Obama handed out to African Americans, Hispanics and other core supporters, according to news reports Wednesday.

The defeated Republican candidate told donors in a conference call that Obama targeted those demographics, along with young voters and women, through programs such as health-care reform and “amnesty” for children of illegal immigrants, according to articles posted online by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Both papers appeared to have listened to the call or obtained at least partial transcripts.

In explaining his overwhelming electoral college defeat last week, Romney said Obama followed what he called the “old playbook” of seeking votes from specific interest groups, “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” the New York Times said. “In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” he added, according to the paper.

The Los Angeles Times quotes Romney directly:

“With regards to African American voters, ‘Obamacare’ was a huge plus – and was highly motivational to African American voters. You can imagine for somebody making $25-, or $30-, or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free healthcare – particularly if you don’t have it, getting free healthcare worth, what, $10,000 a family, in perpetuity, I mean this is huge. Likewise with Hispanic voters, free healthcare was a big plus.”

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 undocumented immigrants had helped turn out Latino voters in record numbers.

“With regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for the children of illegals – the so-called Dream Act kids – was a huge plus for that voting group,” he said. “On the negative side, of course, they always characterized us as being anti-immigrant, being tough on illegal immigration, and so forth, so that was very effective with that group.”

Back in September, the presidential race was upended by the release of a secretly-recorded video of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney disparaging roughly 47% of the nation as voters who “believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.” And you’ll recall Romney spent the rest of the campaign, a few hiccups aside, trying unsuccessfully to live those disastrous remarks down.

Well folks, the campaign is over, and Romney just confirmed he felt that way all along.

As The Hill reports, Republicans with a future are throwing Romney under the wheels:

A former surrogate for Mitt Romney’s campaign called the former GOP nominee “absolutely wrong” in blaming his recent election loss on President Obama giving “gifts” to black, Hispanic and young voters…

“I absolutely reject that notion,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Wednesday on a conference call with donors, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t think that represents where we are as a party and where we’re going as a party. And that has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election…”

“We have got to stop dividing the American voters,” he said. [Pols emphasis]

That’s as damning an indictment of the GOP in 2012 as any Democrat could offer. We’ll take Bobby Jindal at his word about where he wants his party to go, but must take issue with the claim that Romney doesn’t represent “where we are as a party.” As in today.

Because for the present, Romney most certainly does.

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  1. Automaticftp says:

    The GOP being the party of accepting personal responsibility . . .


  2. parsingreality says:

    As I recall, our own beloved Libertad was warning us about the gifts Obama has been bestowing on voters.

    Guess Rmoney got the same note.  

  3. Fidel's dirt nap says:

    I’ve paid into it for decades now and my desire to receive it as promised amounts to some sort of ” gift “.  Only a dick would think like that.

    I thought that his appeal would rise once the acrimony of the election was over, but Mitt Romney is still a dick.

  4. parsingreality says:

    That’s what my sister was told right after the election at a lesbian gathering.  A retired, lesbian, ex-college president told sis that Rmoney would have won if not for those people.  Nothing was mentioned about race or income demographics, but it wasn’t needed.

    My sister was floored, that sentiment coming from the mouth of an educated, intelligent, homosexual woman.  Theoretically a Democrat, no?

    My sister said something like, “What? Like Americans?”

    Who are the “Elitists” in America?  The Republicans, obviously.  At least that perjorative seems to have fallen out of popular rightie usage.  

    • ajb says:

      Correct me where I’m wrong…

      The red states are the poorest. Therefore they have the highest proportion of people receiving government assistance (i.e., the 47%)

      By definition, people in the red states vote for Republicans.

      Therefore, Republicans are elected by the 47%. Why? It might have something to do with their level of education (lower than in blue states).

  5. ColPhacts says:

    Impressively staight talk for a lawyer:

    @danwinslow: Um Mitt, there were some “gifts”‘ handed out during this election. But they were called #Akin, #Mourdock and McConnell. Word.

    Dan Winslow, MA State Representative in the 9th Norfolk District. Former Chief Counsel to Governor Mitt Romney

  6. allyncooper says:

    and still come up short, gotta blame it on something. But this gives a great insight to how his mind really works. For Romney it was who could “buy” the presidency, just like he buys a business at Bain, or how he buys another mansion (with or without a garage elevator for his cars).  Obviously Obama bought the election by handing out “gifts”.  

  7. that Republicans seem to continue to remain bent on alienating and marginalizing . . .

    blacks, the young, Hispanics, gays, women, persons working to get an education, Muslims, immigrants, anyone needing healthcare, people making less than $35,000 a year, children . . . pretty much anyone except elderly, rich, tax-avoiding, white men (and their love interests).

    . . . it’s a view that’s been working so very well for of late — keep it up!  Everyone should be so blessed to have opponents like these guys.  

  8. BlueCat says:

    Constituencies want stuff.  Mitt’s constituency wants huge tax breaks, subsidies for their industries, deregulation so they don’t have to sacrifice any profit to considerations like employees or the public’s health and safety or the safety of their retirement investments, control over other people’s bodies, who they chose to marry, an end to Obamacare, an amendment banning  same sex marriage, the freedom to continue to pay women less and treat being female as a pre-existing condition and all kinds of other very expensive valuable stuff.  Mittens offered them all of that stuff.  

    The Democratic constituency wants stuff like access to quality education and health care, jobs, equal pay for equal work, immigration reform that makes sense and allows a path to citizenship, social security and medicare, medicaid, strengthening programs that help more people join the middle class, policies that create more middle class jobs and prosperity, regulation to protect our health and general public welfare and lots of other stuff.  That’s the stuff the Dems offered. Also valuable and costly but with great potential returns.

    There are way more people who want and need the stuff the Dems have on offer because  the Dem constituency is bigger. I mean how many people really have to worry about about paying a little more in taxes on earnings over 250K for starters? Demographics and changing views mean it’s harder to get people to vote regardless of economic stuff on the strength of stuff like being scared of gays and such, a technique that used to be successful for your team but isn’t anymore.   So the Dems  won.

    Of course another word for stuff in this context would be policy and Dem policy won.

    Rs lost seats even in their gerrymandered House. So much for the mandate Americans gave Rs by electing a Republican House.  They just didn’t manage to un-elect a sufficient number of Republicans.  

    Unlike Rs, Dems gained in the Senate over their previous majority so yeah, America did definitely elect a Dem Senate.  When all the votes are counted it looks like Dems will hold 201 House seats, 8 more than their previous 193 with 17 more to go to to win back the majority in 2014.  Tough with the gerrymandering but so was gaining 8 and it could happen. There are still some truly competitive districts now in R hands. We have one or two right here in Colorado.

    So yeah, Mitt. Your team and the Dem team spent billions trying to get elected by promising  stuff and it just turned out the majority didn’t want your team’s stuff. They wanted the Dem stuff. Get used to it.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      in a year that was supposed to be a lean election cycle after the drubbing of 2010 and the ascendancy of the Tea Party.  Economic factors and political forces were aligned against them and they still won seats back.

      If the country continues to rebound and sound policies continue to be implemented then the political landscape changes to be more favorable to Democrats.  They could reap the benefits of good governing.

    • only wanted to, yet once again, demonstrate their renown public generosity . . . and deep sense pf patriotism.

      The idea that they might have wanted anything for themselves for their donated millions is simply liberal balderdash.  

  9. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    I always thought Romney was, deep down, an okay guy.

    Guess I was wrong. What a freakin’ DICK.

  10. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    As Chris Cizzilla puts it:

    Republicans don’t want Mitt Romney to go away mad but they do, it seems, want him to go away.

    That sentiment was in full bloom following Romney’s first post-election comments – made on a phone call with donors earlier this week. On the call, Romney attributed his loss to the “gifts” President Obama’s campaign doled out to young people and minorities. For many, the comments had an eerie echo of the secretly taped “47 percent” remarks Romney made at a May fundraiser.

    “There is no Romney wing in the party that he needs to address,” said Ed Rogers, a longtime Republican strategist. “He never developed an emotional foothold within the GOP so he can exit the stage anytime and no one will mourn.”

    To think this guy got within 2% of the majority of the popular vote.  I’m definitely rethinking my opposition to the Electoral College.

    That makes three strikes and your out!  G. W. Bush, McCain and now Romney.

    The young guns of the GOP are ready to abandon their elders out on the ice flows…

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