In a phone call with his presidential campaign’s financial backers, Mitt Romney today said he lost the election to President Obama because of the “gifts” Mr. Obama gave to certain constituencies, like young voters and Hispanics, the Los Angeles Times reports. “The president’s campaign,” he said, “focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”
It seems that Mr. Romney is pretty much a run-of-the-mill politician. He wants to blame his defeat on everyone else but himself. In his mind he ran a perfect campaign so it must have been something else that caused him to lose. In his case he wants to blame it on “gifts”.
He seems to ignore the “gifts” he was trying to give his billionaire buddies. That included the elimination of the “death tax” and the capital gains taxes along with a lower tax rate for the few other dollars they count as income. To him those were not “gifts” but instead things that would back bring economic prosperity via the trickle-down effect.
It is becoming obvious from all the negative responses to Mr. Romney’s words from within the Republican party that many just want him to disappear. They were never that keen on him to start with. Since the GOP now seems to be headless, kind of like a chicken after the chopping block, there are many who are coming forward trying to take over in that power vacuum. I hope at least some of these wanna-be’s are the moderates of their party. They say that U.S. politics is like a giant pendulum in that it swings from left to right and then back again. In my mind it has been on the extreme right for far too long. That is the “pit” part of this post in the title above. 🙂 I do hope it will move back toward the middle soon.
I am now basically aligned with the Democrats when it comes to social issues. I believe in a strong safety net and appropriate social services but I believe in doing that in a fiscally responsible manner. That it where a moderate Republican party comes in. When it comes to money no one does it as well as the Republicans of old. Will Rogers even recognized that eighty years ago. I don’t need the old time religion but give me back the old time moderate GOP.
I think this post has finally extinguished my presidential election fever. So, I will now take that pot off the back burner and put it to rest for a while. Hopefully it will be at least a week or two before the 2016 presidential campaign begins…..