Mitt Romney: Obamacare was Very Attractive to Minority, Low-Income Voters in Helping Obama Win Reelection

Mr. 47 Percent is back and vowing not to go away. He is still clinging to his insensitive position that President Obama’s gifts helped him win reelection. Um, Mitt Romney is obviously a hard learner. He told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that the “The president had the power of incumbency, ‘Obamacare’ was very attractive, particularly to those without insurance, and they came out in large numbers to vote. So that was part of a successful campaign.” One problem with that, demographics were never on Mitt Romney’s side — blacks, Hispanics, Asians, women, LGBT — all voted for Obama in large numbers. Um, I am still waiting on my gift for voting for the black guy.

You will recall Mitt Romney shot himself in the foot during a conference call with donors after the November election when he said Obama was “very generous” in doling out “big gifts” to the “African American community, the Hispanic community and young people.” Instead of taking the high road and apologizing for saying blacks, Hispanics and young voters were bought by the Obama campaign, he dug in and now included Obamacare in the mix. He still can’t differentiate between Obamacare and Romneycare.

Romney reflected on the current sequester and the stalemate in Congress, telling Wallace that “It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. It’s hard.” Kills him, tickles his critics that he didn’t win.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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Author: JANET SHAN

  • dduck

    And, he has 20 grandchildren so he and his Rep friends couldn’t have eaten too many.
    :-)

  • http://www.americaincontext.com Barky

    Here’s a better reason why he lost:

    It’s because HE’S A TOOL!

    Gads how clueless …

  • cjjack

    ”It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. It’s hard.”

    Foot in Mouth Disease is a terrible thing to deal with. Dozens of politicians struggle with it every day. Some will suffer endless embarrassment due to this illness. Some will even have their political careers ended, and be forced to go back to their lives as multimillionaire venture capitalists. Makes me wonder how that poor man can have the courage to get in his car elevator every day.

  • petew

    Yes, putting one’s foot in one’s proverbial mouth is a curse of all politicians, but the reason Romney’s 47% remarks were so devastating is because they revealed his complete lack of understanding about the middle class.

    Most of us know that many people receiving entitlements, qualified for them only after paying taxes and working for many years at mediocre jobs. And, the fact that our health care system is ineffective, and, apparently corrupt—if one believes last weeks TIME magazine article about the way our health care system runs—is something that many of us can understand. Even some upper middle class people and many who are quite well off must buy painfully expensive insurance to obtain adequate coverage. And then there are all of the disabled people, who rely on entitlements for a livable income, through no fault of their own.

    The point about Obama Care and Romney care being almost identical is a good one. One wonders how and why the architect behind the Massachusetts health care program, ever qualified to run for office as a GOP candidate anyway, since, creating a health care system which became the inspiration for the ACA legislation is the equivalent of a smoking gun in a murderers hand?

    Fortunately for Obama, who has been so often maligned for saving the economy and actually having to spend money to do so, and, who was on watch when the unemployment statistics were still just under a meager 8% at the time of the election—Americans could see that Republicans like Romney, were bumbling political buffoons during the primaries. If not for their glaring defects, one must doubt whether Obama, or any Democrat, would ever have been able to stay in office!

  • dduck

    Wipe the froth from your mouths guys. I know how much fun it is to pile on, but you might want to consider this NYT editorial: “If Organizing for Action wants to restore the bracing political spirit that carried Mr. Obama into office in 2008, it can refuse all corporate contributions and limit donations to a few hundred dollars. Otherwise, it will be playing the same sleazy game that its opponents do, made even worse by the assent of the president.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/opinion/sunday/the-white-house-joins-the-cash-grab.html?_r=0
    It’s OK because all lot of what POB says and does was stuff he was originally against.
    But, hey the enemy is evil that it is justified.

    OK, continue, sorry to interrupt the party.

  • brcarthey

    This is my fundamental problem with so many on the far-right who reside in TP-Land. We have millions of women and children starving living in poverty, millions of people without decent access to healthcare, most of whom are busting their humps working long hours and still can’t make ends meet.

    There once was a time when conservatives worked to help solve these problems and didn’t demonize the lower classes as being “lazy” or “moochers.” I know there are still conservatives out there who do want to make that difference in poor people’s lives and want to find common ground with the less far-left liberals.

    I’m not going to bash Romney for saying what seems to have become the Republican party mantra, “We got ours and you can’t have any,” but I think he should know that there are people who won’t get any of these so-called “gifts” from President Obama, but at least see that he appears to be wanting to help the less fortunate rather than telling them to “pick themselves up by their bootstraps” while cut the bootstraps off. I don’t want true socialism, but more than that, I don’t want hunger and poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth.

  • petew

    dduck,

    You’re absolutely correct. The Obama campaign did consciously decide to deviate from its own principles in order to compete effectively in the elections. But rightly or wrongly, I imagine that each politician must adjust to the political winds that blow if he or she expects to win. You can’t expect a boxer to fight Ali if that boxer hasn’t trained good and hard and has doesn’t have all of the resources which his opponent has. I also cannot help but believe that a Conservative Court was behind the passage of an undemocratic and downright ridiculous decision that Corporations are people, and money is free speech— also not only that Citizens United did not involve corruption, but that it even doesn’t have the APPEARANCE OF CORRUPTION!

    I will take a cue from Obama’s public chewing out of Court members before a joint session of Congress in order to judge his true feelings on the issue. A President just does not take such a big PR risk by doing something unheard of in front of both Houses of Congress and in front of millions of television viewers if he doesn’t really believe in the justness of his point of view.

    Granted, it is easy to “pile on” as you say, and blindly believe in political ideals that are not always followed by any politician, but it is another thing to view the actions of any candidate with cynicism, jut because one might pride oneself on being a free thinker.

    The fact that Democrats have gotten down in the dirt with the enemy doesn’t bother me a bit, especially when the entire need to do so, was created by that enemy. Remember too, that twice Democrats have tried to pass legislation that would at least afford some measure of disclosure and accountability from large corporate and/or individual special interests, who have actually advanced the argument that doing so would jeopardize their sensitivities about being publicly judged. These mega-billion dollar companies are far from being helpless waifs who require special anonymity,and, if they want to stack the deck, then at least they should reveal who they are and how they are stacking it!

  • dduck

    Petew, I’ll condense my reply and agree with the NYT: “Otherwise, it will be playing the same sleazy game that its opponents do, made even worse by the assent of the president.”

    Rolling around in the dirt will get your wings dirty and your your halo bent out of shape. No more “hope and change”, now it’s “down and dirty”. That’s OK, It’s politics, but spare us the holier than thou attitude and the devil made me do it meme.