Romney’s disingenuous low-road explanation of why he lost, citing Obama “gifts”

Any notion that Mitt Romney might put aside petty partisan interests in the national interest were dispelled when he started blaming the failure of his presidential campaign on “gifts” President Obama bestowed on Democratic constituencies. According to Romney, gifts do not include tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans or corporate subsidies, only things like health care, for people who can’t otherwise afford it.

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…

The president’s health care plan, he said, was also a useful tool in mobilizing black and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers: 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics.

“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.”

As Ashley Parker points out in the New York Times, though,

Nationwide, Mr. Obama won a slightly smaller share of 18- to 29-year-old voters than he did in 2008, according to exit polls, though he increased his share in battleground states like Florida, Ohio and Virginia. Exit polls showed little appreciable difference between Mr. Obama’s performance among black voters nationwide and in many swing states in this election and in 2008. Among Hispanic voters nationwide, Mr. Obama won a greater share in 2012 than in 2008, but perhaps more important, he succeeded in increasing the share of Hispanic voters among the total voting population in key states, including Colorado and Nevada, exit polls showed.

Besides, the ones who are happiest about people 26 and under being insured are their parents.

The “gifts” line is apparently a Republican talking point that is being repeated by Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and other conservative pundits.


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