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Romney Speaks About Loss, Blames It on Obama Wooing People with 'Gifts and Initiatives'

Mitt Romney conducted a "spin and grin" call (desribed that way by someone who dialed in) today and spoke for the first time about his election loss, the NYT reports:

Concession_romneyIn a conference call on Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he 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...”

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  1. You and your magic underpants lost. Go away now, and work on getting a few more wives to keep Queen Ann company.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Nov 14, 2012 7:51:15 PM

  2. When is it going to occur to Mitt that many of us thought he was a horse's ass. The man has vertigo from too much spinning.

    Posted by: Deke | Nov 14, 2012 8:02:08 PM

  3. And mitt promised gifts to his rich friends. Trouble is , there are relatively few rich people, and they only get to vote one time each. (So far.) Maybe think about others the next time. Oh wait. There won't be a next time!

    Posted by: Keith | Nov 14, 2012 8:09:02 PM

  4. Dammit, Mr. Romney, I vote for Obama and I wasn't even given a condom. What's with that?

    Face it, Mitt, Three million, yes, THREE MILLION more people voted for Obama than you. We just felt it was the right thing to do economically, socially, and for our faiths. Live with it. You and Paul Ryan can mea culpa your loss but the bottom line you're both on the tit of the rich and wanted to screw the middle class into oblivion while wiping your feet on the poor. You lost because you and your party have turned into a crew of selfish, whining assclowns. In as bad an economic time as we have now, the fact you couldn't beat Obama should tell you that you've failed as potential leaders and that most of us believe in a different America than you do. When we recite the Pledge of Alliegance, we actually believe the last line, "liberty and justice for all."

    You don't, Mr. Romney. You've made that very clear. Now live with the consequences and go cry in your pillow. Just leave the rest of us alone.

    Posted by: Bart | Nov 14, 2012 8:11:21 PM

  5. So just to be clear, the President articulated a policy platform that was seen be the greater number of voters as being beneficial to them and this is bad how exactly? Oh, right people were supposed to vote for what was in YOUR best interest and not their own. Jeeze.

    Posted by: e.c. | Nov 14, 2012 8:12:21 PM

  6. This people is not only beyond believe and credibility, they are evil and running with hate

    Posted by: MArk | Nov 14, 2012 8:13:32 PM

  7. as opposed to targeted gifts to millionaires and billionaires and corporations

    Posted by: t | Nov 14, 2012 8:16:32 PM

  8. He's been an empathy-impaired, scheming scumbag since (at least) his wanting to undue same-sex marriage when it was legalized in Massachusetts, right through the present.

    The hubris, the entitlement -- like (as just one example) not preparing a concession speech!

    Historians will not regard him well.

    But at least he did his part, along with his teammates, to clarify and advance Americans' values about LGBT and women's rights, if unintentionally.

    In the meantime, I wonder: If I save up enough gifts from the government, could I some day buy a car elevator?

    I also (still) wonder: What's in the tax returns he didn't share?

    Posted by: Taxpayer and patriot | Nov 14, 2012 8:18:08 PM

  9. And Romney promised generous gifts (massive tax breaks) to his own special interest group - rich white males.

    Boo hoo.

    Posted by: KC | Nov 14, 2012 9:45:07 PM

  10. Good friggin God these comments are one knockout blow after another. This whole comment thread should be copied and sent to the New York Times, it's an editorial of in and of itself - acurate, incisive, well argued and scalding. Uffda indeed.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 14, 2012 9:55:38 PM

  11. It's an editorial in and of itself, correction, and worth repeating

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 14, 2012 9:56:39 PM

  12. Just another Repugnican sore looser.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Nov 14, 2012 10:24:59 PM

  13. @Icebloo - I'm all for that.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Nov 14, 2012 10:32:15 PM

  14. OK:

    BOTH political parties are heavily lobbied and receive substantial campaign contributions from individual, business, institutional, and ideological interests; and in return, both parties give these special interests 'Gifts and Initiatives'.

    Yes, the Dems and Obama threw some red meat the way of demographics he was trying to reach. It certainly didn't hurt his campaign. But in fairness it's relative chump change [except for ObamaCare which is a HUGE gift to the heathcare industry and big business who no longer need to subsidize so many employee premiums; heathcare premiums for the average person are going to end up increasing] compared to the 'Gifts and Initiatives' big business from the financial services industry, big agriculture, the healthcare industry, etc.,receive and will receive.

    Mr. Romney is being disingenuous. But in fairness, both main political parties are disingenuous when they claim they're for 'The People', when they're demonstrably owned by big, powerful special interest groups. The Democrats just throw a few more goodies the way of 'poor' folks and a few other demographics.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 14, 2012 10:53:41 PM

  15. Mittsy is pathetic. He should just shut up, go home, and await his deification on some planet far away.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Nov 14, 2012 11:05:16 PM

  16. I note that the handful of Romney supporters who used to blather on and on (including "?" and ratbastard) have disappeared from this site. Poor fellows.

    Posted by: homer | Nov 14, 2012 11:33:08 PM

  17. @Taxpayer - agree that history will not judge this man well. Such poor character, and a bitter, sore loser. A wise man would have disappeared from sight for a long time.

    Posted by: phil | Nov 14, 2012 11:42:37 PM

  18. Poor guy, do you need a nice silk/linen blend, monogrammed hankie to cry in?

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 15, 2012 7:35:40 AM

  19. I can't believe they or anybody is so stunned and shell-shocked that they lost. As much as the media hopped up and down about how neck and neck the race was, there was not one single poll I saw that ever showed Rmoney ahead. There was one very briefly that showed them tied, but then the 47% thing happened.

    And as for what did it? Sigh... He is a CEO through and through. The American people do not LIKE CEOs with golden parachutes and untold millions tucked away in offshore accounts. They are the problem, not the solution.

    Posted by: AJ | Nov 15, 2012 10:43:30 AM

  20. I'm still waiting for my special gift from
    president Obama. Maybe I've gotten it.....The ability to live in my country without the ugly dictatorship of Mitt Romney and republican goons.

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Nov 15, 2012 12:58:09 PM

  21. Don't forget Mitt is also a bishop and representative of the LDS aside from being a republican. Not only does he give republicans a bad name but he transfers that negativity on to his cult. Let's hope that he is given a bishopric some where in Utah where he can count his money and be forgotten. Some of us in Mass can't wait for him to leave Belmont. Belmont is where the John Birch Society was founded by the Koch bros' father many years ago. Mitt has been sucking on the Koch bros for years.

    Posted by: Jim in MA | Nov 15, 2012 1:40:43 PM

  22. From the NYT article: "'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.'"

    What campaign is he talking about?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 15, 2012 1:41:02 PM

  23. Bitter, old, white guy. Maybe it was because people didn't like him, did he think of that?

    Posted by: David in Alberta | Nov 15, 2012 3:24:42 PM

  24. @Dave in Alberta,

    Troll much? 'Bitter, old, white guy'? Any relation to angry black woman?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 15, 2012 4:33:27 PM

  25. @Homer,

    Look above your post,open your eyes.

    And I wasn't a supporter of Romney, sunshine.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 15, 2012 4:35:15 PM

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