On the Sunday talk shows, senior Republicans, former Romney surrogates and prominent conservatives piled on their defeated presidential nominee for telling donors that he lost because President Obama bought off minorities and young voters with “gifts.”
“It’s nuts,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on ABC’s “This Week.” “I mean, first of all, it’s insulting. … The job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not going to win.”
Rumored 2016 presidential hopefuls in the party saw an opportunity to distance themselves from Romney.
“I absolutely reject what he said,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on “Fox News Sunday.” “We as a Republican Party have to campaign for every single vote. If we want people to like us we have to like them first. And you don’t start to like people by saying their votes were bought.”
And I have a solution here. If you don’t like being a Republican anymore because you don’t like standing next to smelly, sticky people at parties and getting their cooties, then don’t be a Republican anymore. Because until you started losing elections, you didn’t have a problem with any of this at all.
Until it started costing you at the ballot box and the piggy bank, until people started to cross the street to get away from you, you were absolutely fine with being the party of racists, sexists, general jerkbags, warmongers, vulture capitalists, ignorant-ass ‘necks and everybody who’s vaguely creeped out every time they overhear someone speaking Spanish in the grocery store.
That’s your base. It’s been your base for four solid decades. Mitt Romney ran an entire convention appealing to exactly those people, and you said dick. You were fine with it as long as he was gonna win the election according to Karl Rove’s super-secret math. Then he went out there and lost, and was pissed about it, and said slightly more bluntly that I BUILT THAT, and magically it was beyond the pale and demeaning to the future of your magnificent party.
“It’s been well said that you have a political problem when the voters don’t like you, but you’ve got a real problem when the voters think you don’t like them,” said conservative columnist George Will on ABC’s “This Week.” “Quit despising the American people.”
Considering you made your bones penning mash notes to Ronald Reagan, who had zero problems pointing out classes of people to be despised, this is a bit rich. But Reagan was charming when he did it, unlike glum old Mitt, and he won elections, so that makes it okay.
The entire RNC was about ownership, about owning a business and taking responsibility for it. Yet the minute the election went the way everybody but that unskewed polls asshole knew it was going to go, Republicans were torching the place on their way out. They owned Mitt Romney wholly, and would have done so if he’d won. They shouldn’t be able to get away from him in his loss.