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March 04, 2013 12:00 PM Mitt Romney Writes his Own Obituary

By Mark Kleiman

To Chris Wallace, about “47%.”

What I said is not what I believe.

Just for double irony: it’s clear that the 47% line was the one thing Romney really did and does believe: he said it again, in different words, in the Wallace interview, and made it clear that he was thinking mostly in racial terms. (Note that Romney did just as badly among Asian-Americans, who tend to be higher-than-average on the income scale, as he did among Latinos.)

ObamaCare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance. And they came out in large numbers to vote. So that was part of a successful campaign. [snip]
The weakness that our campaign had and that I had is we weren’t effective in taking my message primarily to minority voters, to Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, other minorities. That was a real weakness.
We did very well with the majority population, but not with minority populations. And that was a — that was a failing. That was a real mistake.
WALLACE: Why do you think that was?
MITT ROMNEY: Well, I think the ObamaCare attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated in a — particularly among lower incomes. And we just didn’t do as — as good a job at connecting with that audience as we should have.

In other words, if only rich white folks were allowed to vote, Romney would have won. No wonder the Republican caucus on the Supreme Court is so enthusiastic about allowing Republicans in the state capitals to ensure white minority rule with a combination of gerrymandering and voter suppression.

If I were looking for empirical evidence of the existence of a benevolent Deity, the fact that this moral midget – who has yet to either congratulate his successful opponent or offer him help in governing the country Romney claims to love – never made it to the White House would have to rank fairly high on the list.

[Originally posted at The Reality-based Community]

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the University of California Los Angeles.

Comments

  • Southern Beale on March 04, 2013 2:49 PM:

    What everyone seems to be missing is Romney's "oh poor widdew me" defense that he was "speaking privately," which is just a blatant, outright LIE. He was at a high-dollar fundraiser, making a stump speech before a crowd of 150 people. That ain't "privately" buddy! Privately is someone secretly recording you in the bathroom or something.

    They just can't help themselves.

    http://southernbeale.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/the-eternal-victimization-of-mitt-romney/

  • Josef K on March 04, 2013 3:06 PM:

    If I were looking for empirical evidence of the existence of a benevolent Deity, the fact that this moral midget who has yet to either congratulate his successful opponent or offer him help in governing the country Romney claims to love never made it to the White House would have to rank fairly high on the list.

    Then why did the Almighty decide to inflict said moral midget on us in the first place?

    I'm sure there's some kind of divine lesson in here, somewhere, about free will and/or human morality; I'm just having a hard time seeing past the red haze that surrounds those two 24/7.

  • Anonymous on March 04, 2013 3:29 PM:

    So ... I guess that shows that Romney still thinks the election was stolen from him. By bribes and handouts. To people other than the "majority population." In other words, he is still doubling down. And still hasn't owned up to the legitimacy of Obama's victory.

    But free stuff? How can Romney simultaneously be against the individual mandate in Obamacare (which is about people NOT GETTING FREE STUFF, but having to BUY INTO THE SYSTEM) and also go around claiming that Obamacare was a handout that bribed lower income voters?

    Coming from Romeny, the guy that ORIGINATED the health care reform pattern for Obamacare, and the guy who used to tout the fact that his reforms in Massachusetts were a private-industry-based healthcare model where nobody got a free lunch, this is just chokingly bad.

    Maybe I am just not nuanced enough in wingnut denial.