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Romney Blames Loss On Obama’s Vote Buying

From the New York Times:

Romney Blames Loss on Obama’s ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters

By ASHLEY PARKER | November 14, 2012

Saying that he and his team still felt “troubled” by his loss to President Obama, Mitt Romney on Wednesday attributed his defeat in part to what he called big policy “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies, including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics.

In a conference call with fund-raisers and donors to his campaign, Mr. Romney said Wednesday afternoon that the president had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”

This has been the bread and butter of the Democrat Party’s political machines since time immemorial. By the way, note that Republicans have never had political machines. Republicans have always been the reformers who ended political machines. (Cf. Tammany Hall.)

“In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said, contrasting Mr. Obama’s strategy to his own of “talking about big issues for the whole country: military strategy, foreign policy, a strong economy, creating jobs and so forth.” …

That kind of nonsense will get you nowhere with today’s voter.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift,” Mr. Romney said. “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.”

The president’s health care plan, he said, was also a useful tool in mobilizing black and Hispanic voters…

“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,” Mr. Romney said. “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.” …

Note that The Times does not dispute the truth of what Romney said. They are just outraged that he would actually say it out loud. We are not supposed to complain or even notice that Obama has taken the Chicago style of voting buying national.

During the call, Mr. Romney was by turns disappointed and pragmatic, expressing his frustration at the outcome on Election Day. A person who was on the call, which included hundreds of participants, let The New York Times listen in.

“I’m very sorry that we didn’t win,” Mr. Romney said on the call. “I know that you expected to win, we expected to win, we were disappointed with the result, we hadn’t anticipated it, and it was very close, but close doesn’t count in this business.”

He continued: “And so now we’re looking and saying, ‘O.K., what can we do going forward?’ But frankly, we’re still so troubled by the past, it’s hard to put together our plans for the future.” …

It’s hard to compete when you don’t have the US Treasury to buy votes. When you don’t rob Peter to buy Paul’s vote.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 15th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Romney Blames Loss On Obama’s Vote Buying”

  1. captstubby says:

    common sense and basic math failed this time.

    the use of big 50 cent words would have been abstract concepts.

    this election was won by applying Marx’s and Lenin’s playbook.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I can’t believe a seasoned politician would say such a thing.

    That Dems buy votes has been bedrock truth since the Civil War.

    Geez, we really were voting for a whitebread dummy.

  3. Petronius says:

    The Democrats are beating Republicans with Hispanics by around 70/30, blacks 95/5, Jews 70/30, Muslims 80/20, Asians 75/25, unmarried females 70/30, and young voters (under 30) by 60/40. They do this with identity politics and “free stuff.”

    Unfortunately all we have to offer is freedom and prosperity.

    By the way, everybody talks about amnesty as the only way to reverse this situation. Amnesty will not work for Republicans. The Republicans can never out-gimme the Democrats. If Republicans offered, say, a ten-year “path to citizenship,” the Democrats will promise amnesty in one year, coupled with a Dream Act, family chain-migration, a boost in levels of legal immigration, and a demand that we accept all of Haiti and half of Bangladesh, and accuse the Republicans of hating Latinos, children, grandmothers, immigrants, Haitians and Bangladeshis if they disagree.

    The only group where Nerobama lost ground over 2008 was youth (down 6%), where unemployment exceeds 12%.

    Perhaps Republicans might appeal to young white voters by offering them freedom, courageous self-reliance, reduced public debt burden, and a ban on affirmative action in college admissions, scholarships, jobs, and promotions? After all, the Republicans have nothing to lose. And if Romney had received half the youth vote in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania he would have won the election.


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