Why Mitt Romney will regret blaming his loss on Obama's 'gifts' to minorities
The defeated GOP candidate faces a backlash after he points the finger at young and minority voters in the wake of his landslide defeat
Mitt Romney is taking fire from both the left and the right after telling donors on Wednesday that he lost last week's election because President Obama had showered young voters, minorities, and other key liberal constituencies with "big gifts." "With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift," Romney said on a conference call with his national finance committee. "Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women." He also said that Obama's health care reform was a "huge" gift for Latinos and blacks. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, among other GOP leaders hoping to reach out to Latinos and other groups that spurned Romney, quickly denounced Romney's comments. "We have got to stop dividing American voters," Jindal said. "We're fighting for 100 percent of the vote." Here, four reasons why critics say Romney was wrong to place the blame where he did:
1. First, he's simply incorrect
Romney's analysis is somewhere on the spectrum from "incomplete to inaccurate," says Mike Allen at Politico. "Obama didn't win Janesville, Iowa or New Hampshire because of gifts to minorities." Those places are overwhelmingly white. Indeed, says Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway, Obama didn't somehow buy votes by showering Americans with "free stuff." He convinced people "he actually cared about the problems they were dealing with," which "is something that Romney never seemed to be able to do." Still, it's silly to deny that Obama made several major gestures to his liberal base — from imposing a safe harbor for young illegal immigrants to "evolving" on gay marriage — during the campaign, says Allahpundit at Hot Air. So the question "isn't whether O is guilty of 'clientelism'" — "it's whether clientelism was decisive."
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2. Romney is hurting the GOP effort to broaden its appeal
It's hardly a surprise that Romney's fellow Republicans, including Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, are upset, says Aaron Blake at The Washington Post. They're obviously "ready for the Romney chapter to be over."
3. Republican constituencies get plenty of loot, too
4. This just shines a light on Romney's other failures
do i really have to dig up exactly how many romney rubbers were handed out to the athletes in the 2002 winter fuckfest in utah?
speaking of free gifts, has romneys 2 shopping carts of wal mart goods arrived to greif stricken frankenstorm sandy victims.
hows that relief aid effort, that stretches blocks across a random city in ohio, going?
i dont know if ive ever seen more of a pathetic farce (besides 8 years of that texan in the white house and an organ grinding chimp, in a flightsuit on an aircraft carrier, of course.)