Since President Obama won re-election last Tuesday, a lot of folks have been extremely salty and in denial, and one of those people just happens to be Mitt Romney. While the President spent his day yesterday talking to reporters about the possibility of working with Romney in the future since he agreed with some of the Governor’s ideas on certain things, Romney was throwing shade in a phone conversation with campaign donors where he claimed that the reason he couldn’t bring in a “W” for them was because the President won over voters with his promises, which Romney called “gifts.” According to USA Today, he says, “The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift. He made a big effort on small things.” Yet he believes that his campaign tried to pay attention to big issues that affected the whole country, worrying about foreign policy issues, a strong economy and more. This is what he had to say according to The New York Times:
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift…Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008 … 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 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 … 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 went on to call the President’s alleged strategy an “old playbook” that singles out certain interest groups while alienating the public at large. Too bad that’s not really why President Obama won and Mitt Romney is licking his wounds with pissy donors right now. Too bad he didn’t bring up his damaging 47 percent comments, or the Republican party’s obsession with talking about rape, or the fact that Romney did a whole lot of flip flopping throughout the campaign so that people–black, Hispanic, young, old, whatever–barely could figure out where he stood on issues that mattered. The man spent more time trying to say what the specific crowd in front of him wanted to hear rather than sticking to his guns and having a backbone. Too bad he thought he could buy the election and assume he could ignore the 47 percent he tried to diss behind closed doors. But I could go on. Either way, it’s a shame that folks can’t be gracious losers. And besides, everyone can benefit from the promises President Obama made, not just these certain voting groups. And on a sidenote, when did people run campaigns where they weren’t promising big things to get voters on their side? Don’t knock it because you didn’t do it right, sir.