Has there ever been a defeated presidential candidate any less gracious than Mitt Romney? Or has he been sucking on a lemon since his loss to President Obama last week?
In a conference call with large campaign donors Wednesday, the defeated Republican candidate blamed his loss on “big gifts’’ that the president has been giving out to “the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people’’ as well as to women during his first term.
Romney cited such benefits as “free health care,’’ contraceptive coverage, affordable student loans and “amnesty for children of illegal’’ immigrants.
This sounds eerily like the former Massachusetts governor’s 47 percent remarks that were taped without his approval at a fat cat fund-raiser earlier in the year. Romney disavowed those remarks before the election, saying “they were just wrong.’’
So now Romney is back to his old position, that the only people voting Democratic were the moochers and takers who depend on government benefits.
The sad thing about all this is that Romney appears much like the substance-abuser who is in denial. How do the Republicans and Romney explain that such states as Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Iowa all voted for Obama – despite having virtually all-white populations? There aren’t enough black and Latino people in Vermont to fill the stands at Gutterson Field House, but Obama won the Green Mountain state with 66 percent of the vote.
As far as the moocher states went, Romney won just about every Red State that gets more money from the federal government than it sends to Washington in taxes. That includes such mainstays of the old Confederacy as Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Red states, receive, on average, far more in federal government expenditures than they pay in taxes, according to calculations by the Washington Post. The balance is the opposite in blue states.
Thus, Obama won virtually all the states that have the cities that fuel the 21st Century U.S. economy. Centers of education, technology, finance, innovation and medicine, including New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Portland (both Maine and Oregon) all went for Obama.
Face it Mitt Romney, an awful lot of smart, well-educated, hard-working, diverse Americans, the people who support with their taxes federal largesse for the Republican Red brigade of states, voted for Obama. Including voters in the state that you served (admirably, for the most part) as governor for four years.
Time for some post-election rehab for the GOP. President Obama is the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win two consecutive terms with a majority of the vote. The people who spent his first term calling him a Kenyan-born socialist are in serious need of psychiatric help.