Republican Party

Conservatives Condemn Romney’s ‘Gift’ Remarks

And well they should.

“Romney’s theory isn’t just wrong, it’s pernicious,” wrote Daily Caller conservative columnist Matt Lewis. “Here’s hoping he finally rides off into the political sunset.” [...]

Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist who helmed Hispanic outreach for John McCain in 2008 and worked for Jon Huntsman in 2012, was also critical of Romney through the campaign for his failure to engage minority communities. She took to her Twitter feed after “gifts” to tie the remarks to his broader shortcomings as a candidate.

“Livid at Romney saying Obama won b/c offered minorities ‘gifts,”’ she wrote. “As if he didn’t alienate Hispanics enuf while running! Look in mirror, Mitt.”

David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter and longtime critic of the party’s lurch to the right, held up Romney’s latest comments as emblematic of his failed campaign.

“Mitt Romney was very wrong to see 2012 as a referendum on ‘stuff,’” he wrote in a blog post. “It was a referendum on the question, which candidate would do a better job promoting prosperity and creating jobs. That was the referendum that Romney and the Republican party lost. We lost both because voters did not believe in the job-creating magic of upper-income tax cuts - and because voters were unpersuaded that the GOP even cared that much about job creation, as opposed to wealth preservation.”

The problem is, none of these people has any real power inside the party and will merely be shouted down by the conservative entertainment complex. Most of what I've seen and heard from the usual suspects indicates that most of the conservative base agrees with Romney and probably wishes he had been more explicit about his views during the campaign.

  • muselet

    Conservatives are only angry at Mitt Romney for saying what he did because he violated the first rule of Fight Club. He hasn’t said anything everyone in the Republican Party doesn’t believe, but by saying these things in uncontrolled situations (in public!) he blew the gaff.


    • D_C_Wilson

      A lot of conservatives made that mistake this year, like Akin, Murdoch, Turzai, etc.

      There seems to be an epidemic of forgetting they’re being recorded syndrome.

      • muselet

        And they don’t get that the internet never forgets! Mitt Romney’s repeated reboots attracted a level of attention they wouldn’t have done a decade ago because of YouTube. A politician can no longer tell one audience something and the next day tell another audience something entirely different—well, he can, but he’s going to get caught, he’s going to get called on it.

        Being constantly recorded makes life more difficult for politicians, but much more fun for mean people like me who love to laugh at polticians.


  • Brutlyhonest

    They can try to distance themselves for the next four years, but unless they change their policies, they’re still going to be repulsive to the same groups as they now are.

  • ma-gaga

    Well… the “gifts” comments are straight from the defacto leader of the republican party: Rush Limbaugh. His on-air theory was that Romney was running against Santa Claus, and *everybody* loves Santa. Romney isn’t saying anything that Rush didn’t say the day before…

    Which is why he is awesome.

  • trgahan

    Looking back, I am seeing too many parallels to the post-2008 election period. Moderate republicans talked about “wake up calls” and changing electorate, while the far right claimed McCain wasn’t conservative enough, believed minorities where going to riot for their welfare checks, and embraced Birtherism.

    Unfortunetly, to the far right, the success of 2010 was proof to them that indeed they weren’t being conservative enough. While the Tea Party seemed to quickly lose favor national after 2010, the far right seems to be banking that they can do it again in 2014.