Mitt Romney wrapped up his election analysis on a call late yesterday and his conclusion was exactly the same as Bill O’Reilly’s on election night: that Obama voters “want stuff,” or handouts, and that’s why they voted for him.
“Especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Romney said, citing Obama’s “gifts” to them: “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.”
Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Republican governor and certified non-white person, has lined up since the election to reject the Romney/O’Reilly ideology, first calling on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and last night saying that Romney’s assessment of Obama winning by bribing the middle class was flat-out wrong.
“No, I think that’s absolutely wrong,” he said of Mitt’s “gifts” line at the Republican Governor’s Association. He continued:
I don’t think that represents where we are as a party and where we’re going as a party. That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election: If we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly: One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions.
Obama may have won last week, but the biggest victory might be that it’s no longer a viable to run on a racist, every-man-for-himself platform that looks at institutions like Medicare and Social Security as lecherous “entitlement.” Paul Ryan might want to listen up.