In a call Wednesday with top donors, Mitt Romney attempted to explain why he lost his bid for the White House. Instead of reflecting on the missteps of his campaign, the lack of specifics of his numerous “5 point plans,” and his inability to connect with voters in an authentic way, Romney pinned his loss on President Obama’s “gifts” to key constituencies, namely minorities, young voters and women.

Romney reportedly told his donors:

“The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they would get to vote for them… specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people.” He summed it up, “In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups.”

What “gifts” was Romney speaking of? He name-checked Obamacare and the President’s immigration executive order, which allowed undocumented immigrants who came here as minors to stay in the country.

Speaking of black voters, Romney explained:

“With regards to African American voters, ‘Obamacare’ was a huge plus – and was highly motivational.”

“You can imagine for somebody making 25, or 30, 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 a family, in perpetuity, I mean this is huge,” he said.

Despite Romney’s claims, President Obama didn’t win because he gave blacks, Latinos, and young people “gifts” (the black unemployment rate bears this out). He won because Romney ran a shoddy campaign that was rife with gaffes, tone-deaf comments, and was unable to speak to people’s issues.

What Romney calls “gifts,” other politicians call policies—and people want politicians who speak to their concerns.

Although many have tried to paint Obamacare as a “handout” to minorities, every uninsured person—white, black, or otherwise—benefits. This “gift” wasn’t just to assuage black folks, it was to insure that millions of Americans will no longer have to go bankrupt due to medical bills. That’s a “gift” that works for all of us.

Romney’s assertion is extremely simplistic at best, and downright myopic at worst. It has made many take another look at his 47% “gaffe”.

Republican strategist, David Frum breaks it down:

“Mitt Romney was very wrong to see 2012 as a referendum on “stuff.” 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.”

While many Republicans are looking to blame anyone but themselves for last Tuesday’s loss, Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says they need realize why they lost.

“We need to have a brutal, brutally honest assessment of everything we did,” Barbour said. “We need to take everything apart … and determine what we did that worked and what we did that didn’t work.”

Unfortunately for Romney, he still seems to be in the denial stage. It remains to be seen if Republicans as a whole will reflect on the loss and chart a better course for the future.

  • C

    I’ve been busy trying to pretend Romney doesn’t exist anymore.

  • Gennatay (@gennatay)

    Romney lost because he spoke and people actually listened.

  • K. Michel

    This guy… Mitt Romney’s life is a “gift”.

  • Downsouth Transplant

    I think he is loosing his mind some, he blamed the president for him losing the elections, dude apparently no money can buy the white-house along with those Cadillacs & elevators in you other houses.!! I hate a sore looser

  • Mar

    I actually think mitt romney ran a prettty decent campaign considering the fact that even republicans didn’t want to back him originally. The party really rallied around him and they even found a way to garner support from independents who voted for obama the first time around despite the fact that he said some pretty awful things about the middle class. I don’t think mitt lost because he ran a bad campaign. He lost because people didn’t like him and people(including myself) liked/ trusted obama more. Now if you want to talk about bad campaigns… Hillary clinton. That one was bad

  • vonn fennicks

    Mr. Romney needs to accept that the people have spoken. The election is over and President Obama won. His campaign did nothing to show that he was a leader for everyone (47% )? I really would like to know what gifts did the voters get. Healthcare, jobs, and housing should be affordable to everyone.

  • Zanetta


    As in…ensure every American has access to insurance. Or, ensure each person can insure his or her family.

  • Starla

    After his summer world tour I think a lot of people saw that he was Dubya 2.0.

    The world is going through another upheaval, war is most likely on the horizon, economies are crumbling, and the weather is unpredicatable and devastating; yet, all Mitt Romney can focus on through all of this is himself. I don’t think it is a great time for any leader right now. He should be shouting for joy that the burdens of Pres. Obama are not his. But of course the idiot in him would not see that.

  • bk chick

    I dunno i think Romney’s campaign was pretty bad…he was soo gaffe prone it wasn’t even funny! Plus his campaign chose to ignore shifting demographics and other stuff that eventually helped Obama…Romney couldn’t recover from his extreme shift to the right during the primaries. That being said, I don’t think it was the worst ever, but def not that good. I think a lot of voters rallied around him because A) they had no choice B)Republicans in general tend to be more passionate and are better at coalescing around the party than democrats C) They hated Obama that much!

    But I will agree with you in that it really boiled down to likeability. Likeability (statistically) is on of the number one factors in predicting election wins (possible THE number 1) and Mitt Romney was doomed from the start

  • __A

    Another 4 years. And Republicans actually have the nerve to say that the country is divided because of Obama. These people are delusional. Listen at him. Turn on Fox News. Listen at Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and Ann Coulter. Now tell me who’s doing the dividing? Who do liberals even have that is on the same level of divisiveness? Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert lol.

    They’re so silly. They’ll won’t win anything for a long, long time. Minorities and women aren’t going to vote for them, and young white people tend to be liberal. As more young white kids age, they are most likely going to be Democrats. Keep trying to run that Southern Strategy and see what happens in 2014 and 2016.

  • http://none Linda Monroe-Lewis

    Mr Romney need to shut up do he understand he lost becuse of some of the Bias and back in time information and beliefs example abortions he may have overturn Roe v Wade womens bodies rape maybe unfair termnination of Bain Captiol employees Medi Care Social Security and there are many more but he did not learn from those mistake as of this date alo he said somewhere he would i do away with the dept of education Obama care in which his plan was smilar Massachuetts he talked about the poor!

  • Salmon

    RESTORE AMERICA? If he was running in the 1950′s he’d be the perfect candidate… nit-wit Stepford wife and all.

    heh, restore america

  • Misty_Moonsilver

    I think we would’ve been better off if Romney won. He was awkward and misunderstood but he had a plan for America. Unlike some people…

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