Still unable to concede defeat Mitt Romney blames Obama’s win on gifts to African Americans, Hispanics and young people. Between Donald Trump, Ted Nugent, Bill O’Reilly and now Mitt Romney there are certainly no shortage of excuses for the Republican candidate losing the presidential race to the incumbent president Barack Obama.
In a continuing display of how out of touch he is with the rest of the country and how clueless his campaign was about the factors that led to his resounding defeat, Mitt Romney yesterday on a phone call with wealthy donors to his campaign blame his lost to President Obama over gifts the president gave to key constituencies like blacks, Hispanics and young people.
In effect, Romney was accusing the president of buying their votes, in a stunningly off-base and factually incorrect post-election analysis that he provided on a private conference phone call when he didn’t know that reporters were listening in. It was yet another campaign blunder for Romney’s team, which had been so sure of victory before last week’s election that they were actually shocked by the breadth of their defeat.
“The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they could get to vote for them and be motivated to go out to the polls, specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Romney told hundreds of donors during a telephone town hall Wednesday. “In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups.”
Some pundits have suggested that Romney was just giving his donors something to make them feel better after Romney raised $900 million in the election and had nothing to show for it—though he did offer them the possibility of publishing a regular “newsletter.” But his remarks immediately reminded observers of the secretly recorded comments he made at a May fundraiser, where he told a small group of donors that 47 percent of the electorate was unlikely to vote for him because they paid no income taxes, were dependent on government and took no personal responsibility for their lives.
Romney’s “gifts” analysis came after his running mate Paul Ryan claimed that Obama won because of the turnout among “urban” voters—clearly a code word for black.
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