If there was ever any doubt that the GOP dodged a bullet with Mitt Romney’s defeat, his explanation to donors as to why voters walloped him should put it to rest. Byron York reports in the Washington Examiner:
Romney claims that Obama won votes by offering enticing “gifts” to key Democratic voting groups like blacks, Hispanics, and the young. Subsidized health care, cheaper student loans, free contraceptives — those were all things Romney said Obama gave those constituencies in order to win support at the polls. “In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Romney told his donors.
That’s a rich Republican's version of class warfare. And the fact that Romney is sticking with it after embarrassing his party with his infamous 47 percent comment demonstrates that he is politically obtuse, philosophically crude and an all around idiot. And Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – and possibly a 2016 presidential contender -- wasted no time capitalizing on that. Lashed out Jindal (as reported by York):
That is absolutely wrong…Two points on that. One, we have got to stop dividing American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent — we need to go after every single vote. And second, we need to continue to show that our policies help every voter out there achieve the American dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children the opportunity to get a great education, which is for their children to have even better-paying jobs than their parents.
So I absolutely reject that notion, that description.
Bonus material: My May column on five reasons why conservatives should wish for a Romney loss.