Nov 15, 2012

This theme of Obama only winning because he gave people stuff seems to be the narrative the Republicans are sticking to in order to explain their humiliating loss last week.

First it was Paul Ryan's remark about 'urban areas' being the reason for the President’s win that got the ball rolling.  During an interview with a local Wisconsin news station, the congressman gave his explanation as to why his ticket loss and of course he blamed it on the ‘minorities.’

Then Mitt Romney came alone and took it a step further during a conference call with donors.  Doing his best Bill O’Reilly impersonation, Romney basically blamed his losing on the fact that the President gave ‘gifts’ to minorities and young voters.

Here’s what he meant by gifts:

"With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift," Mr. Romney said. "Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008."
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."

Do you see a theme?

Instead of turning the mirror on themselves to see what went wrong, they want to place the blame of their loss on someone else and who’s the group that is easiest to scapegoat --- Minorities.

It’s a reoccurring pattern with Republicans.  They don’t want to engage with minorities because they see minorities as the problem with this country.  Well, they see Blacks and Hispanics as the problem with this country.  And rest assured that when I say Hispanic I’m only referring to Mexicans.  They have no problem with Cubans.  And the last time I check Republicans only identify Mexicans and Cubans as Hispanics so sorry to all you Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Brazilians, and anybody else who comes from Latin America.  The GOP doesn’t recognize nor see you.

So if this is the story the GOP is going to continue to tell themselves in order to make themselves feel better than more power to them, but at the end of the day it’s not going to help them with the changing demographics of this country.  And it is that change in which they have the biggest problem of all.


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