-by Geoff Caldwell-
In a conference call to donors Thursday, Mitt Romney suggested that Obama won the election by buying off black, Hispanic and younger voters with “gifts” of one federal program after another.
Citing among other factors Obamacare, student loan interest, and dream act like amnesty for young voters, Romney suggested one reason for the defeat at the polls was straight out of the traditional Democrat playbook targeting specific special interest groups and giving them what they want from the federal government in return for their votes.
Never mind that what Romney said is nothing new, never mind that nothing he said wasn’t true (Obama and the Dems DID slice and dice the country into one special interest group after another), we are now living in the age of Obama and thou shalt not talk ill of Dear Leader or his constituents.
As expected, the minion media went nuts and immediately circled the wagons around Dear Obama to defend him from such “inflammatory and hateful” rhetoric. Less then expected was the rush by Gov. Bobby Jindal and other more “progressive” Republican’s to repudiate Romney just 10 days post election.
….“I absolutely reject that notion”……..“I think that’s absolutely wrong,” ………“I don’t think that represents where we are as a party and where we’re going as a party,” …..
So who’s right and who’s wrong? The Corner presents a few fun facts from the past four years to help you sort it all out.
While Romney only focused on the summer campaign, you have to go much farther back to begin tallying up the total Obama tab and the price tag for Obama’s second term began to mount in the very first weeks of his first.
The minute Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid began crafting the “stimulus” bill to be exact. From that moment on, 2012 votes were being shored up one “gift” at a time.
Hundreds of billions of dollars were shoveled out to the states to prop up public employee unions and keep that money laundering machine spinning the dues money back into Democrat coffers.
Billions more went to one Solyndra debacle after another to shore up the “green” vote and keep all those big money bundlers happy with one government contract after another.
Taking over GM, ignoring the rule of law by kicking out the bondholders and giving the keys to the UAW secured the ever critical battleground state of Ohio.
Consolidating the student loan process under the power of Washington assured the ability to keep the young uns happy as would be needed.
And of course the crown jewel in the Obama crown: Obamacare. Over 2,000 pages of one “free” this and “free” that after another with nary a word discussed about the dozens of new taxes, mandates and long term consequences of such a flawed bill.
All of the above provided a bridge that allowed Obama and his dems to survive the 2010 Tea Party onslaught until a new offensive could be mounted in the last months of the election.
And what an offensive it was.
When in the early summer months poll after poll was showing enthusiasm for Obama among young voters waning what did Obama do? Bought them off by lying about Republicans going to raise the rates on their student loans. Never mind that the law expiring was a DEMOCRAT passed temporary law. Never mind that the only rates to go up were on NEW loans. But the millions of 20 somethings who still had just enough Kool Aid in their veins didn’t hear that part. All they heard was Republicans were going to take away there right to a grossly inflated college “education”.
When Sen. Marco Rubio was actually getting close to getting a bi-partisan compromise illegal immigration bill crafted for presentation in the Senate what did Obama do? Pulled out his King George III pen and just arbitrarily said screw the Constitution I now grant amnesty to young Hispanics.
When the LGBT crowd began holding back campaign contributions because they were angry that Obama hadn’t done enough for their cause, what did he do? Why immediately change his position of course. Now all of a sudden gay marriage was THE way forward.
When said gay marriage position got him in trouble with black churches, what did he do? Send good ol Joe out to remind ‘em all that while the Democrats my keep ‘em down on their own political plantation it is at least a democrat plantation. Vote Romney and they were all going to be “back in chains”.
And of course there’s the whole “Fluking” thing with women. All of a sudden if you didn’t believe in a woman’s “right” to free, mandated contraception you were at war with all women. In an informed society such b.s. would have been blown back in Obama’s face so fast he’d still be wiping it off. But at this point in history and with this electorate it was all he needed to convince a majority of female voters that somehow voting for Romney was against every “part” of their being. (Except of course their brains.)
Compliment all of the above with hundreds of millions of dollars in false attack ads claiming Romney was everything from a felon to a murderer and you’ve got one Barrack Hussein Obama handily winning re-election.
So back to the original, who’s right and who’s wrong?
Both and both. They’re both right and they’re both wrong.
Jindal’s right in the sense that the party needs to take a long hard look at where it is, where it is going and that it has to go after “100 percent’ of voters, but he’s dead wrong in ignoring the facts of just how much Obama’s “gifts” meant to certain voting blocs.
Romney’s right in that Obama most certainly garnered who knows how many votes with his “goody” bag filled with federal largess. But he’s absolutely wrong in thinking that was the only reason he lost.
In the battle of El Guettar scene from the movie Patton, George C. Scott is looking through his binoculars and surveying the success of his attack against the 21st Panzer Division when he says:
“Rommel…..you magnificent bastard, I read your book”.
Patton knew instinctively that before there could ever be victory, the road to it, must first be paved with “knowing your enemy”.
Sadly, there wasn’t one single “Patton” on the entire Romney campaign staff. The only person who came even close in honesty and straightforwardness was Paul Ryan and they muzzled him after the first week on the trail.
For whatever reasons, Mitt Romney failed to grasp just how much of a political war Obama was going to mount, and for all the talk now of the old “playbook”, Romney failed on the most fundamental point: He didn’t read it.
He did not prepare properly for the battle that lay ahead, he did not execute appropriately once the battle was enjoined, and he underestimated the power of his opponent. In that scenario, there could be but only one outcome: defeat.
Romney failed to hit back and hit back hard in July when the onslaught of negative ads just kept coming one after one.
He allowed Chris Christie to give one of the most self-aggrandizing, egotistical key note speeches ever at a national party convention. Add in not maximizing the network t.v. time for optimal messaging to the widest audience possible and you’ve got a Republican convention that only Republicans heard.
He failed to close the deal after the first debate and let Obama wiggle free from the Benghazi and foreign policy hook in debates two and three.
He waited far to long to begin talking more pointedly of just what was at stake and just HOW conservative budgetary policies would help ALL.
And in the end, he pulled a McCain. Time, after time, after time, he just refused to go after Obama in the one way that could have brought him down, by calling him out for what he is: A left-wing ideologue with a chip on his shoulder larger than Chris Matthews’ ego.
Mitt Romney is one of the most decent and honorable men to ever seek the office of President of the United States. But he was up against the most dishonorable, un-truthful occupant to ever hold the office.
It may be old, but it’s still true: Nice guys really do finish last.
Nothing personal Mitt, I believe with every ounce of my being you would have made a great President, I just wish you’d have read a little more Patton and a lot less Mary Poppins.Follow @GeoffCaldwell