Last week, Garry Wills — who has made a career of evaluating America’s presidents and would be presidents — asked in the New York Review of Books:

What lessons will Romney have to teach his party? The art of crawling uselessly? How to contemn 47 percent of Americans less privileged and beautiful than his family? How to repudiate the past while damaging the future? It is said that he will write a book. Really? Does he want to relive a five-year-long experience of degradation? What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it? His friends can only hope he is too morally obtuse to realize that crushing truth. Losing elections is one thing. But the greater loss, the real loss, is the loss of honor.

Romney lost because a majority of Americans — admittedly a narrow majority — realized that he would say anything to win. He was, in the words of Canadian commentator Andrew Cohen, “a confused standard bearer of no philosophical address.”

But yesterday, in a call to big donors, Romney essentially repeated what he had said to other backers in that embarrassing 47% clip:

According to reports in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, the former Republican nominee said during a call with donors on Wednesday that Obama had been “very generous” in doling out “big gifts” to “the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people” as well as to women throughout his first term. Benefits such as access to “free health care,” guaranteed contraceptive coverage, more affordable student loans, and “amnesty for children of illegals,” all combined to give the president a decisive edge in popularity.

The truth is that Romney has always had a philosophical address. It’s just that, when he was running for president, he didn’t want voters to know where he lived. He has now confirmed that he resides in a gated community.

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  • dduck

    Will is correct. Mitt, STFU.

  • sheknows

    And these are bad things Mitt because why?……..Yeah, the LAST thing you want to do in an election is show concern for your voters. Idiot!

    Great line about the gated community!!

  • merkin

    I am sorry, this has been an accepted line that Republicans have used when talking to each other for as long as I have been alive, sixty one years now. That the Democrats buy votes with government largess. That the fiscally responsible Republicans can’t match this ability to buy votes. Then they did discover the answer that allowed them to buy votes, tax cuts.

    This means that Romney’s complaint now is that the Democrats ability to buy votes from the poor and middle class has trumped the Republicans ability to buy votes and more importantly to them their ability to buy more free speech, defined by the most political Supreme Court I have seen, as more money since obviously, according to the Supreme Court, money is free speech. With the huge advantage that the Republicans had in unregulated free speech, that is money, from the SuperPacs they should have steamrolled the Democrats and they should have won the Presidency for Romney and they should have won the Senate while holding on to the House in spite of more people voting for Democratic Party candidates for the House than voted for Republican candidates for the House. A certain sign of the power of gerrymandering.

    The poor Republicans, nothing worked as it should this election cycle except that good old standby gerrymandering, not the power of money, not the voter suppression schemes, not the fear mongering over minorities, women, immigrants and the gays. If this continues like this they maybe forced to present proposals that appeal to more than the 1%. Shudder at the thought.

  • rudi

    What about W, Delay and Medicare Prescription Drug plan? Republicans would never pander and buy unfunded votes.

  • dduck

    Since Roman times, at least, politicians have bought votes, so no new news. The difference is Mitt whining about it, a real pain in the butt.

  • zephyr

    Merkin is right, the only thing that saved the GOP at all was gerrymandering – but even that won’t save them forever. There is no denying the power of money in politics but it’s encouraging to see the electorate won’t automatically go to the highest bidder.