Post-election, Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney has not learned his lesson from reaction to his “47 percent” remarks and is still showing contempt for voters.
Romney said President Barack Obama won re-election last week because of political “gifts” he had provided to African Americans, Hispanics, women and young voters.
“The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift,” Romney said in a phone call Wednesday with top donors to his campaign. He cited immigration proposals aimed at Hispanics and free contraception coverage that appealed to women.
He said the president’s health-care plan was a useful tool in mobilizing African-American and Hispanic voters.
“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity – I mean, this is huge,” Romney said. “Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. 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.”
Romney’s insulting comments prove why he lost and why he deserved to lose.
His comments reaffirm the those he made behind closed doors where a video shows him telling wealthy donors at a private $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in May that 47 percent of Americans see themselves as victims entitled to government handouts, and that as a candidate, his job wasn’t to worry about them.
After the emergence of the video Romney sought to downplay the comments as a poorly worded mistake and not a reflection of his beliefs. He asserted that he sought to represent ‘100 percent” of America.
However, by blaming his loss on Obama’s “gifts” to minorities, women and young voters Romney is once again showing his contempt for voters who supported Obama by portraying them as wanting “gifts” as opposed to supporting a candidate they believed was the best choice for president.
The irony is that Romney’s campaign was clearly about providing political “gifts” to the wealthy in the form of tax breaks.
His remarks also reveal that he is in deep denial about why he lost the race.
A report by the Associated Press on the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas showed that the governors have a much better clue than Romney as to why he lost.
“Top Republicans meeting for the first time since Election Day say the party failed to win the presidency because Romney did not respond to criticism strongly enough or outline a specific agenda with a broad appeal.
“In conversations at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, a half-dozen party leaders predicted the GOP will lose again if it keeps running the same playbook based on platitudes in place of detailed policies,” reported the Associated Press. “Instead, these leaders asserted, the party needs to learn the lessons from its loss, respect voters’ savvy and put forward an agenda that appeals beyond the white male voters who are its base.”
The Republican governors said they were looking at how best to position the party to make inroads with Hispanic, African-American and young voters who voted overwhelmingly Democratic last week.
Republicans will not make any inroads if their losing candidates lash out at voters with contemptuous lies. To attract minorities and women voters Republicans need to reexamine their far-right policies.