Mitt Romney, in calls to major donors to his presidential campaign, said President Barack Obama bought the election by giving “gifts” to his core constituency: that 47% of loafers and freeloaders who live below the income level that is taxable: African-Americans, Hispanics, and young and elderly voters.
Romney first proposed that Obama is supported by a core constituency of people who want free stuff from the government in early 2012 at an appearance before wealthy donors during the campaign. That appearance was secretly recorded and made a campaign football by the media. Romney recanted and said he was wrong, that his comments were crudely delivered, and at one point intimated that during a campaign it is standard practice to play to the prejudices of the audience.
But it appears Romney has returned to his theme of government-dependent freeloaders blindly supporting Obama to get government handouts as he attempts to rationalize his election loss to those who supported him, and ultimately to himself. He doesn’t see his failure as a result of his unpopular policies, his elitism, or his inability to understand the lives of average Americans. Instead it’s the fault of those poor people, the freeloaders who are looting our government of the hard-earned taxes the rich pay.
Not all Republicans failed to learn anything from the recent election, though. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal criticized Romney’s remarks, saying “I don’t think that represents where we are as a party and where we’re going as a party. That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election.”
Barack Obama has been elected to a second term as President of the United States of America, narrowly defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney.
Six billion dollars so things can stay exactly the same. I’m glad I voted for the Green candidate even if she did get about 0.05% of the popular vote. That was a real vote for CHANGE!
Still, it’s better to stick with the idiot we had than to have elected that plastic window dummy the Republicans ran – the one with every possible opinion on every issue. The last thing America needs is a “businessman” running things – they’re the jerks who got us into this mess to begin with.
Most amusing is the thought that right now, somewhere, Newt Gingrich is blind drunk and butt naked and crying “See! I would have won! Me! I’m the President! I’m the President!” as Callista prepares a syringe full of propofol to calm him down.
Of course, had Romney won we at GraceLessLand were prepared:
Speaking at one of his final campaign events in West Allis, Wisconsin, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney warned that unless he is elected the Republicans in congress will work to wreck the economy. Like they haven’t already.
What happened Tuesday night was a joke. If the “town hall” style of debate allows the most fundamental rules of debating to be violated then no one should use it. In a real debate the candidates don’t ask each other questions, they take questions and give answers. In a real debate the candidates do not address each other at length. Even the strange Biden-Ryan debate last week had more structure and decorum, and it was like an episode of Oprah.
Candy Crowley was not a moderator, she was an emcee at an infomercial. Romney’s behavior was execrable – he was rude, he was talking over Crowley as she tried to keep to some sort of schedule, but most of all he actually went up to the current President of the United States and yelled in his face like a playground bully. No matter how you feel about a sitting president, there are rules of behavior and a certain amount of decorum to be observed in dealing with him or her. Romney stepped way over the line.
Obama started fighting fire with fire, elongating his answers and ignoring the clock. Pretty soon that red “0:00″ came to be meaningless. But worst of all was the incredible amount of snide byplay and the obvious ducking of questions by both candidates – often their “answers” had absolutely nothing to do with the questions. That showed unbearable disrespect for the citizens who were posing the questions.
Going into the first presidential debate it was Barack Obama’s game to lose, and he did, primarily because his opponent was not the tongue-tied stumble-bum we had been led to believe.
Romney came off cool, composed, and fairly glib. And while he still managed to avoid making any specific policy statements he did have the President on the defensive through most of the 90-minute bout. Apparently the Etch-A-Sketch finally got shaken because Romney did an about-face on almost every one of his positions to date, managing to assert his love of Medicare and his resolve not to raise taxes on the middle-class. Yet his math was as faulty as ever, failing to account for the revenue loss in tax reductions simply by “plugging loopholes”.
Obama was tired, often pausing awkwardly to search for words. He had no fire and apparently no stomach for going for Romney’s soft spots: his infamous statement that there is health care for the poor – ambulances and emergency rooms, and the now legendary “47% freeloaders” gaffe. Obama kept trying to invalidate Romney’s policies, but since Romney has no clearly stated policies it was difficult to find any specifics to criticize other than his faulty math and his position as one of the nation’s wealthiest individuals. A last-moment reference to Osama bin Laden seemed desperately contrived.
With two more debates to go we can only think that the Obama team will be rethinking strategy, and try to dazzle less with facts and more with aggressive punching to the very lower mid-section.
Mitt Romney told a Denver audience that his debate with President Barack Obama wasn’t about winning. ”People want to know who’s going to win – who’s going to score the punches and who’s going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make. You know, in my view, it’s not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves – the president and myself – it’s about something bigger than that.”
So there’s another thing to add to the ever-growing list of Things Mitt Romney Has No Clue About.
An internal Romney campaign memo from longtime Romney adviser Beth Myers outlines reasons why the GOP candidate should not expect too much of himself in the upcoming presidential debates.
Mitt Romney released his 2011 tax returns and once again paid approximately 13% on an income of $14 million. However, he and Republican cronies like Fox News seem to be really impressed that if he hadn’t donated $4 million to charity he would have paid about 20% on average over the last 20 years – firmly in the territory of the lower middle class. Of course that number has to be taken on faith as it is extrapolated backwards from only the last two years of released returns.
There are some sources that claim Romney actually paid no taxes when he was running Bain Capital – but no one really knows since he won’t release those records, probably because they show he paid lots and lots of taxes and he doesn’t want to look too good.
The charity Romney donated to? The Mitt Romney Foundation for abused pets.
Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich both offered advice to the GOP ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Palin told Romney and Ryan to “go rogue”, saying ”America desperately needs to have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment in discussing our big dysfunctional, disconnected, and debt-ridden federal government.”
Newt Gingrich also had some choice words for the Republican candidate: ”When he walks in to debate Obama, he’s got to be as tough with Obama as he was with me in Florida,” Gingrich said in an interview on CNN. “He has to do to Obama what he did to me!”
Piers Morgan elaborated: “You mean kick you to the curb and leave you for dead with your ass bleeding buckets of political pain?”
“Uhhh…yeah” Gingrich responded.
Mitt Romney appeared on the Latino Univision television network sporting an orangish John Boehner-style tan that he didn’t have just a day earlier. Apparently Romney wanted to appear more “ethnic” for the audience at the Miami taping of an election special. Or maybe he was hoping no one would recognize him as the guy who made those jokes about how much easier it would be to become president if he was Latino.
Wisconsin Republican senate candidate Tommy Thompson blames Mitt Romney for his sudden drop in polls against Democrat Tammy Baldwin. Thompson says Romney’s comment that 47% of Americans feel they are victims, and are dependent on Barack Obama and the government, “is bound to have an impact on every election”.
Thompson says he doesn’t think there is any chance voters may just be confused by the similarity in the names Tommy Thompson/Tammy Baldwin.
Mitt Romney said on Monday his earlier comment that 47% of Americans think of themselves as “victims” was “off the cuff” and “not elegantly stated”, but the GOP presidential candidate did not repudiate the remarks. The comments were revealed in a hidden-camera video of Romney speaking at a private fund-raising event.
In the video Romney says: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.”
Actually Romney was referring to the 46% of Americans who paid no taxes on property or non-wage income in 2011. Once payroll taxpayers are subtracted the number drops to 18% – an unusually high figure because of the number of people who are currently out of work due to economic conditions.
So the people Romney includes in his “47 percent” are the poor, the working class, and a chunk of the lower-middle-class. Romney said his “job is not to worry about those people.”
“I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” he added. “What I have to do is convince the 5 percent to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful.” Romney added. So on top of everything else he also called that 47% of Americans stupid.
In defending the remarks on Monday, Romney said: ”At a fundraiser you have people say, ‘Governor how are you going to win this?’ And so I respond ‘Well, the president has his group, I have my group. And my group is rich people like you and me!’”
Mitt Romney continued his display of classy election behavior by calling the President of the United States a liar in comments about upcoming debates. Romney is of course known for his strict adherence to the truth and complete openness and transparency in all situations.
Mitt Romney attempted to make it appear the Obama administration was somehow culpable in the recent attacks on the U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt, primarily by re-arranging the timeline of events and making embassy attempts to defuse the situation look like ”an apology for America’s values”. In fact the embassy statement reaffirms American belief in the right to free speech, while criticizing those who might use that right to purposefully inflame religious sensitivities.
A high-level adviser to Mitt Romney said that foreign policy is a “distraction” used by Barack Obama to deflect attention from the economy. Robert O’Brien said the Obama campaign is “going from one shiny object to the next” by concentrating on areas where the President had had some success instead of on areas Mitt Romney might know something about.