Romney Continues to Prove That He Is An Idiot

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.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I'm not sure voters exactly walloped him, but in any case he might have done better if he hadn't given that woman cancer and fired her husband.

  • mr simple||

    See also: his poor dog.

  • Bee Tagger||

    And the fact that Romney is sticking with it after embarrassing his party with his infamous 46 percent

    I bet he would have won had he went with 47 percent, instead. At the very least, Reason would have covered it less since 47 is a much less visually appealing number than 46.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    He could have won if he had framed the campaign as the makers against the takers. Brand the democrats as the party of parasites.

    Of course, doing so would have meant that some people called him bad names, so it was a total nonstarter.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Problem is the takers voted mostly for Romney and the makers for Obama.

    Takers (the elderly take 7/8ths of all federal handouts and vote GOP)

  • ||

    [Citation needed]

  • Palin's Buttplug||

  • ||

    Which shows that most of the people who spur economic voted for Obama how? That's less than half of ONE range of businesses. Hardly representative of all economic developers in the country. Or, for that matter, how does it show that most of the people who benefit from the government voted for Romney? You're so full of shit.

  • KMA Too||

    "By J.D. Harrison, Published: September 18"

    I see what you did there.

  • Belgian||

    Nearly half of small business owners (47 percent) plan to vote for a second term for the president

    IOW, "less than half of small business owners plan to vote for a second term for the president." Do you ever post anything honest, you ridiculous twit?

  • Enough About Palin||

    Hey Obama's Buttplug, you're a buttplugg!

  • Bee Tagger||

    I see it's fixed now. You're welcome, Shikha. I'll appreciate, in advance, you saying my name instead of Hayek's for who turned you on to freedom at the 2013 Bastiat Prize ceremony.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    "Never hit a man when he's down. Kick him."

    -W C Fields

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Just think, you Team Red people could have had Santorum or Gingrich instead.

    Well, there is always next time.

  • KalkiDas||

    'you' team red people? Sorry Tony's Shrike Plug. You should take your meds before posting. Wrong website. You need to go to http://theblaze.com

  • General Butt Naked||

    It's being intentionally obtuse, don't respond to it.

    Fuck, how many times has it made a similar statement and someone responded as you did?

    A lot, that's how many.

    Just let the fucking thing die already.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    I was addressing just the Team Red people (they know who they are).

  • ||

    Sure you were, SB.

  • Enough About Palin||

    But you're a buttplugg!

  • Restoras||

    Indeed, it does seem it's becoming the next sock.

  • Don Mynack||

    Nah. We coulda had Ron Paul.

  • Drake||

    I was more a Gary Johnson guy in those early hopeful days of the primary campaign.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    You voted for Obama, didn't you? Probably like fifty times.

  • Juice||

    The sad thing is that Bobby Jindal is pretty much a moron himself.

  • Scruffy Nerfherder||

    Yep. The rest of his message was along the lines of "We don't need to change our platform, we just need to communicate it better and put muzzles on people like Akin and Murdoch."

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Which is fucking stupid in and of itself--you don't put muzzles on people like Akin and Mourdock, you don't nominate them in the first place.

    I don't agree with these guys on abortion, but their stated beliefs are entirely consistent with Christian views on life after conception. If the electorate as a whole doesn't agree with that view, you won't win any elections nominating them.

  • mr simple||

    you don't nominate them in the first place.

    Here's the problem with this and with people saying things about who the Repubs should put in play next time: these people throw their own hat in the ring and the people vote on them in the primaries. There's not much else the party can do if good people won't run and the people keep voting for terrible candidates.

  • pmains||

    Add to that Obama's creepy support for mandating that doctors and nurses allow unsuccessfully aborted children to die from neglect. If Obama could learn to tapdance around his pro-infanticide views -- which are far outside the mainstream -- then Mourdock and Akin could have learned to stay on message and not philosophize on the stump.

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    "If Obama could learn to tapdance..."

    Racist!

    And he didn't have to tapdance - no one in the media ever brought it up. Romney should have in one of the debates.

  • OldMexican||

    Re: Red Rocks Rockin,

    I don't agree with these guys on abortion, but their stated beliefs are entirely consistent with Christian views on life after conception.

    Wait - Did you really say that Christians believe that bonafide rapes close the baby-making shop?

  • CampingInYourPark||

    "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."

    Since when is the American dream to be in the fucking middle class or gov't providing "great education". This is nothing but warmed over Dem talking points.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    I don't think either of the political parties can define exactly what "the American Dream" is anymore. Ask them, and ultimately their answers all boil down to, "The ability to buy a shit-ton of consumer goods!"

  • Loki||

    "The American Dream" is to own a Harley. Maybe 2 Harleys.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    No, it's to bang a lot of hot chicks.

  • Almanian.||

    I sold my Harley, bought a Honda, and kept my two Kawasakis.

    I guess I'm living the Japanese Dream.

    BANZAI!

  • Loki||

    Does the Japanese dream also involve bukkake? NTTAWWT.

  • ||

    Fun fact: Bukkake is a form of saimin (Ramen to you Mainlanders). It means "on top of". The sexual connotation is a more recent thing.

  • ||

    If you're a fag maybe

  • Enough About Palin||

    ^^THIS^^

  • Killazontherun||

    Politicians and B movie patriotism and C movie satires on patriotism are the only places I hear about this American Dream, as if my motivations for achievement are landlocked and dependent on the happenstance of being born or immigrated to a particular nation state. At best, this American Dream is similar to negative rights in meaning the state stays out of the way of snuffing out your choices; however, the American one is improving it capability of doing so by emulating Europe by the day.

  • C. Anacreon||

    Also, Jindal is re-quoting the DNC talking point, that everyone's American dream is to be in "the middle class." Really? That has certainly never been my dream.

    If the Rs want to get anywhere they need to go after all the voters and say that their policies are the pathway to success -- any success you can dream of. Show people of different stripes who worked hard, took risks and then made it big. People will be drawn to Horatio Alger stories, rather than want to be the guy who ended up between one standard deviation of the median income level.

    The Dems' "middle class dream" is to take a middling government unionized job and work it for the rest of your life. How dreamy.

  • Loki||

    ^THIS^

    The "American Dream" is the ability to have success in whatever way the individual defines it. As such, it's impossible to come up with a single definition that applies to everyone. That's why I usually tune out anytime I hear some pol even mention the term. It's basically a warning that generic meaningless platitudes are about to be spewed.

  • Pippers||

    The USA is a Capitalist nation. It isn't a stretch to think the majority of people living in said country want to make money as a primary goal, which also works into what ever their "American Dream" may be. You're going to have those people on rollerskates trying to go up stairs, but by and large, this country revolves primarily on making money.

    To obtain that in this day and age, an education is crucial. As time moves forward, the days of inventing something new or making a widget someone needs has already been done. There is a reason why there are so few Zuckerbegs, and so many more middle management.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    An education has always been crucial. An "education," not so much.

  • Almanian.||

    "You're going to have those people on rollerskates trying to go up stairs..."

    My brain got stuck right there, visualizing that.

    That is BRILLIANT imagery. Well done!

  • Spoonman.||

    Agreed, I love that phrase.

  • Enough About Palin||

    I think I saw Donold O'Connor do that in an old movie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPs0pmfL3Pk

  • mr simple||

    There were never that many Zuckerbergs or Vanderbilts or whomevers. That's what makes them special and why we know their names.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    The Dems' "middle class dream" is to take a middling government unionized job and work it for the rest of your life. How dreamy.

    Yes. Well put.

  • John Thacker||

    Even if people think that most of the poor won't vote for free market policies, some will. And there's also a large group of people who are educated and wealthy who can be persuaded to agree with the case for the free market, but only if they are persuaded that it's actually good for the poor as well (by increasing the size of the pie and improving opportunity.)

    The 47% comment loses votes not only among the 47%, but also among people who want government to do what's best for everyone. I believe that the free market does that, even if people are predisposed not to believe it. It's incorrect to think that people only vote in a selfish manner.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The 47% meme is just flat out wrong on many levels.

  • C. Anacreon||

    A recent poll showed that only 22% of people think they are part of that 47%. Poll takers think it was because most people don't get the difference between income taxes and payroll taxes.

  • CampingInYourPark||

    "And the fact that Romney is sticking with it after embarrassing his party with his infamous 46 percent comment..."

    Turned out he was right, but not being able to remember the highly publicized 47 percent comment wouldn't be stupid or anything.

  • Calidissident||

    How was he right? What proof do you have that the people who don't pay income tax were the same people that voted for Obama?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    I agree with Shikha for once.

  • tarran||

    Oddly Romney is accusing Obama of doing what Romney was doing... he was going to grow the military, reform the entitlement system to grow the safety net (efficiently), offered to reduce the government (but was vague as to the details), etc ad nauseam.

    Romney was all about telling people what they wanted to hear to get their vote. And, his promises, issued like banknotes by the Zimbabwe central bank, were so numerous that they became worthless.

  • Virginian||

    I'm sorry, how the fuck is he wrong? Obama does favor subsidized health care, cheaper student loans, and free contraception. He is on the record favoring these things.

    Look, I'm all for a pox on both their houses, but Willard is one hundred percent correct here. Obama did promise various groups free shit, and they voted for him expecting to get the free shit. He is President Free Shit, just like LBJ and FDR before him. He ran an explicit campaign of "if I am reelected, then Group X will get Y amount of money for cause Z." That's the secret, that's all there is to it.

  • Mike M.||

    He's not wrong at all. He is probably an idiot for having the audacity to say these things openly (not that it matters now), but the truth is the truth.

    But for some reason, Beltway cosmotarian dipshits seem to go totallty ballistic when a republican has the nerve to say these kinds of unpleasant truths, even when libertarians themselves often say the same kinds of things.

    That means look for Reason to spend the next week harping on this comment, just like they did with his "infamous" 47% remarks.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Obama won by a combination of racial identity politics and branding the republicans as the women hating troglodytes.

    The free shit for your votes meme is way way overplayed by republicans and Romney's apologists.

    In fact, one of Romneys big issues was 'protecting' social security and medicare; and another on was increasing military spending. Those are all bigger giveways to more people than Obama phones.

  • Virginian||

    The free shit for your votes meme is way way overplayed by republicans and Romney's apologists.

    In fact, one of Romneys big issues was 'protecting' social security and medicare; and another on was increasing military spending. Those are all bigger giveways to more people than Obama phones.

    Oh, I never said Romney didn't have his own bag of free shit he was going to hand out. It's free shit all the way down at this point in the long decline of the Republic.

    But just as we can say the Republican Party is much worse on an issue like, say, gay marriage then the Democrats, we can also acknowledge that the Democratic Party's electoral strategy for the last 80 years has been writing checks from the Treasury in return for votes. That's literally all they have.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    In fact, one of Romneys big issues was 'protecting' social security and medicare; and another on was increasing military spending. Those are all bigger giveways to more people than Obama phones.

    The difference is that when Team Red promises Free Shit, no one believes them. The Dems have been the party of Free Shit since the Wilson era, and there's no way the Reps are going to catch up with over 100 years of promising Free Shit within the span of less than a generation.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    The free shit for your votes meme is way way overplayed by republicans

    I live in a swing state. "Free shit for your votes" (plus Romney will take away your free shit) was the basis of the vast majority of Obama's commercials.

  • Don Mynack||

    If you can't see how he is wrong...then you must have voted for him.

  • KMA Too||

    Ok, you had me on the RP comment, then lost me on this. Do you an answer, or not?

  • KMA Too||

    *have

  • crazyfingers||

    Umm...he's not really wrong. Probably uncouth to come out and say it. Or at least that was the perception among Obama voters. In reality of course Obama serves the big corporations, banks and unions at the expense of everyone else, just like Romney would've done.

  • Pippers||

    That really isn't the point. It wasn't what got Obama votes.

    We all watched Romney, and the GOP for the past six months. It wasn't "free stuff" that lost him the election.

  • Jeff||

    Well, shit. I guess he'll lose the election now. Again.

  • rrgg||

    The election was so close, you could attribute it to one of many tiny factors and even attribute it to a tiny slice of the electorate like the gay vote.

    So of course Romney's statement has some truth to it. There probably WERE enough people swayed by these benefits to not want to change the presidency. I'd say Romney is wrong to think this is the PRIMARY factor in his loss, but his statement is probably accurate at face value.

  • Almanian.||

    Mmmm - 2000 was what I'd call a "close" race. Recounts, lack of clarity, questions of a few thousand votes sending the result in either direction.

    This one was called before the night was over - therefore, not especially "close".

    /pedant

  • Auric Demonocles||

    You're not being a pedant. You're using a different definition of a subjective word.

  • Almanian.||

    You're a pedant towel!!

  • Pippers||

    Please tell me this is sarcasm. The election was not anywhere near close.

  • Flemur||

    "Romney Continues to Prove That He Is An Idiot"

    Let she who without idiocy cast the first stone.

    Romney is mostly correct, as is pretty obvious from this chart of who voted for their free Obama phones.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Obama phones?

    He passed nothing of the sort. The free phone law was passed in 1996.

    Sure, blame him for Medicare too.

  • ||

    He doesn't say that Obama passed that law, you liar. But you're right that what they really did was vote for Obama phones over Romney phones.

  • Pippers||

    I think you mean the Lifeline Act, passed in 1985 under Reagan. Same guy who raised taxes, and cheered on the Eastern European Unions for busting up Communism.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey||

    So what exactly did Romney say that was incorrect? There are at least 47% of the registered voters who will vote for Obama based on their tribe. And yes, Obama did obtain those votes largely by offering people hand outs (I guess when Republicans do it we're supposed to think it's different?).

    Strategically this may have been a bad move, but that only matters to Mitt if he intends to run again. As for Jindal, what the fuck is he going on about? Every vote? Does that include gays, recent immigrants, and pot smokers? How about voters who thought invading Iraq was idiotic? Does Jindal have a plan to go after their votes?

    Republicans should think less about tweaking their PR and more about not being the lesser of two groups of thugs and thieves.

  • Robert||

    I don't see why the Republicans wouldn't nominate him again. He almost won this time.

  • Mike M.||

    Let she who is without idiocy cast the first stone.

    So much this. Frankly, there's something just a little rich about someone who can't get elected dogcatcher if his life depends on it calling someone an idiot for saying things that help cost him the election, as if 1% of the vote somehow trumps 48% of the vote.

  • Pippers||

    " And Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – and possibly a 2016 presidential contender "

    Hahahahaha

  • califernian||

    Shikhia, if you don't think people often vote for the guy who will promise them more stuff, then YOU are the idiot.

    The real idiots are the ones who think Romney was going to spend any less money on giving away goodies to voters.

  • Loki||

    The real idiots are the ones who think Romney was going to spend any less money on giving away goodies to voters.

    Agreed. His whole "plan" (if you could call it that) would have resulted in more giveaways to parts of his base. His proposed floor of 4% of GDP on defense would have meant more money for defense contractors*, and of course let's not forget his promise to undo Obamacare's medicare cuts so that seniors in FL could keep their free healthcare (and he still lost FL).

    *As an aside, it would have been in my best interests to vote for Romney since I work in the defense/ aerospace industry. The worst outcome for me personally would have actually been for Gary Johnson to win, yet I voted for Johnson anyway. I guess that's at least one data point that people don't always vote their own self interest or whoever promises them the most "free shit".

  • Schu||

    "help every voter out there achieve the American dream, which is to be in the middle class"

    Really? The American Dream is to be average?

  • Almanian.||

    Errbody movin'outta Lake Wobegon, I guess

  • califernian||

    the GOP dodged a bullet with Mitt Romney’s defeat

    This is without a doubt true but for reasons you fail to comprehend.

  • califernian||

    So I absolutely reject that notion, that description.

    Of course he does. He's pandering. And it's working on some people apparently.

  • T o n y||

    If only more Americans were like Mitt Romney, who pulled himself up from his bootstraps, worked himself raw, and rose up from the gutter and said "I choose George Romney as my father."

  • Rick Santorum||

    Despite his failings as a kiss-ass and flip-flopper, Romney's intelligent and a hard worker. No doubt he'd be successful in any position in life.

  • T o n y||

    Maybe. Who can say? I forgot to add that he wisely elected to be white and have a penis. Why does anyone need "free stuff" like birth control, when you can simply choose to be the type of person who has no such needs?

    The polite thing would be for him to shut his entitled pie hole.

  • sasob||

    And those who can't afford birth control could choose to keep their legs crossed, too.

  • OldMexican||

    Re: Tony,

    If only more Americans were like Mitt Romney

    "So we could rob... I mean, tax them."

    who pulled himself up from his bootstraps, worked himself raw, and rose up from the gutter and said "I choose George Romney as my father."

    Toil-worshipper. That has a ring to it.

    Tony, the toil-worshipper. And I don't mean J-Lo's.

  • sasob||

    More like: Tony, the dog in the manger.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Basically, Romney never needs votes again, so he can drop the "Aww-shucks nice-guy" routine he's been trying to put out for the last eight years. We're finally seeing the real Romney, and the real Romney is an asshole.

  • DWC||

    News Flash - Romney is a corporatist slime ball and a self serving imbecile. Like everyone hasn't always known that. And Obama is more inspiring version of a corporatist slime ball and self serving imbecile.

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    Romney is exactly right, and I'm not sure how anyone can honestly disagree that that was Obama's game plan. From the War on Womyn to the "put ya'll back in chains" to the dog on the roof, etc.

  • IceTrey||

    Jindal is not a natural born citizen because his parents weren't US citizens when he was born.

  • Tejicano||

    It doesn't matter what citizenship his parents were. All that matters is that Jindal himself was born in the US.

    He is what they call an anchor baby.

  • alex griggs||

    Pathetic that Shikha falls for this. Here you have Jindal just saying the politically convenient thing to say, which happens to be the opposite of what a losing presidential candidate said. If Romney had won, you can be sure Jindal would be right there singing his praises.

  • Shmurphy||

    Uh, hey Bobby, I don't aspire to be middle-class. I don't aspire to be any class at all, but if I did I would aim higher than the median.

  • Robert||

    I think the truth is somewhere in between.

  • attractions guide||

    I think he is a brave man, why do you think he is an idiot.

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