Thursday, November 15, 2012

Post-election, Romney still a privileged rich douchebag

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Go fuck yourselves, you 47 percenters... and you blacks... and you Hispanics... and you young ungrateful shits!

His concession speech was actually pretty good (perhaps because he didn't have much time to think about it given his delusional confidence despite everything the polls were saying), an expression of humility in stark contrast to the arrogant dishonesty of his campaign, but it would appear that Mitt Romney hasn't learned a fucking thing.

And is still the Mitt Romney we came to loathe.

Yes, with the election now well over a week behind us, Romney perspective hasn't changed at all, and he knows where to pin the blame:

Saying that he and his team still felt "troubled" by his loss to President Obama, Mitt Romney on Wednesday attributed his defeat in part to what he called big policy "gifts" that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies, including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics.

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."

Right, it's young people and, of course, minorities, who were bought off by Obama and too stupid to see that they were being used. And some Republicans actually wonder why it is their party has such trouble appealing to demographic groups other than racist working-class whites and old white people, and specifically why they lose the "ethnic" vote so badly?

As if Romney wasn't trying to buy votes with every flip and flop of his shameless campaign, not to mention with his promise of tax cuts, particularly to his own super-rich kind.

And how was it that the president wasn't talking about "big issues" -- you know, like rescuing the auto industry, waging a campaign against al Qaeda that included the killing of bin Laden, ending the war in Afghanistan, and making significant investments in such areas education and alternative energy so as to be able to compete in the increasingly globalized marketplace of the 21st century? All this while Mitt was spewing right-wing platitudes, lying about his policy positions, and refusing to talk about the ugly details of his proposals.

But back to what Romney said. As Jonathan Chait writes, this confirms that Romney "still hates 47 percent of America" (and probably more, I would add):

I think the latest Romney donor remarks ought to put to rest the debate about his sincerity. When the 47 percent remarks emerged, I argued that it was the real Romney speaking. Some moderate Republicans suggested he was merely pandering to people whose donations he badly needed. I never thought this made much sense — surely Romney had ways of relating to wealthy Republicans without launching an extended analysis he didn't believe — but the latest version of essentially the same riff ought to put that debate to rest. He's never running again. He doesn't need these people. The real Romney is indeed a sneering plutocrat.

As I wrote way back in January, the Romney narrative for 2012 was "privileged rich douchebag with a plutocratic sense of entitlement." 

I'd say I've been proven right. Though of course you can add "loser" to that as well. 

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