(The Root) — Here’s yet another very good reason to rejoice over Barack Obama’s triumph in last year’s presidential election: Mitt and Ann Romney are not our first family. We have thus been spared four years of hyperexposure to the self-absorbed utterances of this shockingly out-of-touch political couple. From now on we can ignore them.
These uncharitable thoughts were provoked by the Romneys’ televised joint appearance with Chris Wallace of Fox News last weekend, during which they sought to explain why the electorate made such a dreadful mistake by not recognizing how entitled they were to what they evidently regard as a throne.
Their analysis bordered on solipsism. Romney’s loss, says his wife, was “a crushing disappointment,” not for them but “for the country.” They were so enthralled by the passion of Romney’s supporters, she says, that they were “a little blindsided” by the intensity of those on Obama’s side.
If only the media had allowed voters to see her husband as a “selfless person that really, truly cared about the American people,” he would have been able to bring to bear his “enormous skill set in dealing with difficult issues,” and “we would not be facing sequestration right now.” If only, if only, if only the voters had recognized how wonderful they are.
It does not seem to have occurred to the Romneys that voters got a very accurate impression of Mitt and what he stands for and rejected him on that basis. He does not admit that he veered far, far to the right to fend off the challenges of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich in the Republican primaries.
He claims that he did not mean what he said in the famous videotaped speech to fat-cat contributors, when he denounced the “47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them … ” If only, if only, if only he had been better understood.
But of course, that couldn’t happen because Obama did not play fair. Obama, Romney says, “had the power of incumbency,” and he used it to buy people off. “Obamacare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance,” says Romney, “and they came out in large numbers to vote. So that was part of a successful campaign.”