Yesterday, at an event in in South Carolina, Jeb Bush was asked by a white man in the crowd how Bush would appeal to African-Americans on the campaign trail. Bush’s response:
Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.
“Free stuff”? Here is what Romney had to say on the issue when he was running for President:
Your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this: If they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.
Why do rich Republicans, i.e., Romney, Bush, find it impossible to understand poverty in America, especially after years of zero wage growth?
More at the New York Times.
Mitt Romney just announced that he will not be a candidate for President in 2016.
It’s not what I meant.
— Mitt Romney, speaking on Fox News yesterday, about his infamous 47% claim. His inability to say what he really believed about virtually any issue in the campaign is what did him in.
The Boston Globe is reporting a detailed view as to what caused the Romney campaign to fail.
To this day, Romney’s aides wonder how it all went so wrong.
They console each other with claims that the election was much closer than realized, saying that Romney would be president if roughly 370,000 people in swing states had voted differently. Romney himself blamed demographic shifts and Obama’s “gifts”: federal largesse targeted to Democratic constituencies.
But a reconstruction by the Globe of how the campaign unfolded shows that Romney’s problems went deeper than is widely understood. His campaign made a series of costly financial, strategic, and political mistakes that, in retrospect, all but assured the candidate’s defeat, given the revolutionary turnout tactics and tactical smarts of President Obama’s operation.
One of the gravest errors, many say, was the Romney team’s failure, until too late in the campaign, to sell voters on the candidate’s personal qualities and leadership gifts. The effect was to open the way for Obama to define Romney through an early blitz of negative advertising. Election Day polls showed that the vast majority of voters concluded that Romney did not really care about average people.
Worth a full read.
After losing the election, Mitt Romney’s energetic personality drove him to get a new job: gas station attendant.
… I think we may be in even new territory with Mitt Romney’s shuffle off the national stage. It’s not too much to say that Romney is now uniting the country across party lines that he’s someone who should leave as soon as possible and not say anything publicly again. Actually scratch that. Democrats are starting to think that having Romney around and continuing to dump on a broad range of Americans might be pretty awesome.
More seriously, it goes without saying that Romney was never more than a tolerated transplant among professional conservatives. His bonafides were doubted. We know all this. So it’s ironic that Republicans are uniting in calls to get off the national stage once and for all precisely because he’s continuing to make the kind of makers-and-takers type statements you might hear on a particularly feral and untethered rightwing blog.
It’s an amazing denouement. It puts the whole race in a new, if not surprising, perspective.
— Josh Marshall, describing Mitt Romney as the gift that keeps on giving (to the democrats).
John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
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.
— Mitt Romney, claiming that a number of “gifts” from Obama are responsible for his victory. However, why are large tax cuts for the wealthy (like the extensions of the Bush tax cuts) not considered “gifts” to the wealthy? After all, those tax cuts must have saved Mitt Romney an amount of taxes at least 100 times greater than the figures he calls out for health care. And the bailout of the banks was a massive gift as well, that benefited primarily the wealthy and Wall Street Bankers. The simple fact of the matter is that the middle class and the poor in this country have been shafted for years.
By the way, this kind of statement from Romney does the republican party no favor, given that they certainly need to revise their focus to remain competitive nationally.
McCain lost big in 2008. But Mitt Romney barely received more votes in 2012 than McCain did in 2008. Compare these numbers:
Total votes for McCain in 2008: 58,343,671
Total votes for Romney in 2012: 58,488,199
If a candidate cannot do significantly better than McCain did, in a country with a larger number of total voters, that candidate is indeed a loser.
It appears that a website was up and running assuming Mitt Romney would win.
More screen shots here.