(The Root) — The Republican excuse train is apparently being produced by a late-1990s version of Sean “Diddy” Combs … because it can’t stop, won‘t stop.
As reported by the New York Times:
In a conference call with fund-raisers and donors to his campaign, Mr. Romney said Wednesday afternoon that the president had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”
“In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said, contrasting Mr. Obama’s strategy to his own of “talking about big issues for the whole country: military strategy, foreign policy, a strong economy, creating jobs and so forth.”
“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.”
Take that, take that …
Why, yes, Mitt Romney is saying that President Obama gave minorities and women “free stuff,” and that’s why he won the election. Why, yes, that is the same thing Romney said when after got booed at the NAACP. Why, yes, Romney is an out-of-touch sore loser.
Do Romney and the Republican Party understand how insulting this line of commentary is? These groups didn’t vote for Obama because they disagreed with Republican policies or anything. These groups didn’t vote for Obama because Romney’s budget plan was mathematically impossible and would most likely raise taxes on the middle class and lower. These groups didn’t vote for Obama because the dog-whistle commentary coming from the GOP was more like a dancehall-reggae air siren.
Everyone just wanted free stuff! I’m wearing my brand-new platinum chain that says, “Government handouts, bitchez” in diamonds that Obama sent me right this very moment.