• Mitt Romney: Beware of Obama Bearing Gifts

    Whatever you think about free will, we're all bound by our essential natures. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly and Mitt Romney has to sound like a sneering plutocrat, telling a group of wealthy donors that Barack Obama bribed the electorate with free stuff…

    "The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they could get to vote for them and be motivated to go out to the polls, specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people," Romney told hundreds of donors during a telephone town hall Wednesday. "In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups…"

    "The president's campaign," he said, "focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars."

    This sounds a lot like the Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly theory of the election: Kenyan dude gave away Obamaphones so the poors would vote for him.

    But if you give Romney the benefit of the doubt, all he's saying is that Barack Obama's policies improved the lives of a lot of people. Which, I guess, government is not supposed to do? Government is supposed to immiserate people and send them off to dumb wars, like during the Bush administration, and hope voters are cool with that. Not sure, but this thinking may have been a flaw in Romney's campaign strategy.

    Though it's not like Romney doesn't appreciate the importance of gifts. His speeches to donors were the biggest present the Obama campaign could have received.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Fundraising, Mitt Romney


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