It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
Mitt Romney thnks Obama won because of “gifts”
“The president’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars,” Romney said on a conference call with donors, the Los Angeles Times first reported.
“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 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 per family, in perpetuity. I mean, this is huge,” Romney said, the New York Times reported.
“Likewise with Hispanic voters, free healthcare was a big plus,” Romney added. “But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”
Mitt Romney putting the ass in jackass.
What is most surprising is that this comment comes not only after the rather gracious concession speech Romney gave last week, but also after Obama offering an olive branch and stating that he would like to sit down with the former governor.
Romney repaid that by essentially claiming that Obama bought the election.
Romney, Republicans, and conservatives remain baffled by last week’s loss. They cannot figure out why they lost. Here is a hint: everything Romney stated above.
The far right has a bad habit of thinking no one is recording them when they speak behind closed doors. They say what they really think and then wonder why more than half the public dislikes them. Romney just wrote off 50% of voters, claiming that those who voted for the President did so to get stuff. When one treats people as moochers and takers, it is easy for them not to vote for you.
Indeed, the more one pushes that narrative, and the more one alienates marginalized groups like blacks, Hispanics, gays, and the poor, along with special interest groups like feminists and other activists, the more likely they will vote.
One simply cannot treat people that way and expect it not to come back and bite you.
Fortunately, there are some on the right who took issue with Romney’s comments. Bobby Jindal stated:
“No, I think that’s absolutely wrong,” he said at a press conference that opened the RGA’s post-election meeting here. “Two points on that: One, we have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent. We need to go after every single vote.
“And, secondly, we need to continue to show how our policies help every voter out there achieve the American Dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children an opportunity to be able to get a great education. … So, I absolutely reject that notion, that description. I think that’s absolutely wrong.”
Several other Republicans chimed in as well. However, the larger problem is that many more Republicans and conservatives actually believe this nonsense. It is all over right-wing talk radio and all over Fox News. This stupidity does not help anyone. It may make the right feel better, but it does not build up their movement or their party, and it will continue to cost them.