QOTD: President Obama

QOTD: President Obama

by digby

This is from David Axelrod's new book, about Romney's concession speech on election night 2012:

“‘You really did a great job of getting out the vote in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,’ in other words, black people. That’s what he thinks this was all about,” Obama said after he hung up with Romney.
Of course he did.  It's not the first time we've heard this sort of thing from him, is it?
Mitt Romney told donors Wednesday he blamed last week’s loss to President Barack Obama in part to “gifts” the Obama administration gave to key voter blocs, including African Americans, Hispanics and young women, according to media reports.

“The president’s campaign 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,” Romney said on a conference call with donors, the Los Angeles Times first reported.

The “gifts,” according to Romney, included forgiving college loan interest, free contraceptive coverage and the part of Obamacare that allows people 26 and younger to be covered under their parents’ health care plans.

“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 healthcare, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free healthcare worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity. I mean, this is huge,” Romney said, the New York Times reported.

“Likewise with Hispanic voters, free healthcare was a big plus,” Romney added. “But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”

Romney told the donors he was “sorry” about the results.
The 47% remark was pretty much the same thing.

Romney sees the government subsidising some of the cost of health care for someone making $25,000 a year as a "gift." But the government creating a "retirement" program that also allows these donors to shelter hundreds of millions of dollars from taxes is just good policy. After all, what do politicians have to gain from giving out massive monetary handouts to very rich people? Oh wait  ...

If you watched the documentary about the Romney campaign it was clear that Romney believes that the only reason most people vote for Democrats is because they are lazy moochers looking for a handout. And there's more than a little bit of old fashioned "welfare queen" racism involved in that idea as you can see from his concession call to Obama. He's a Republican through and through and has a lot more in common with the base than they gave him credit for.