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Romney the sore loser

November 15, 2012

Has there ever been a defeated presidential candidate any less gracious than Mitt Romney? Or has he been sucking on a lemon since his loss to President Obama last week?

In a conference call with large campaign donors Wednesday, the defeated Republican candidate blamed his loss on “big gifts’’ that the president has been giving out to “the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people’’ as well as to women during his first term.

Romney cited such benefits as “free health care,’’ contraceptive coverage, affordable student loans and “amnesty for children of illegal’’ immigrants.

This sounds eerily like the former Massachusetts governor’s 47 percent remarks that were taped without his approval at a fat cat fund-raiser earlier in the year. Romney disavowed those remarks before the election, saying “they were just wrong.’’

So now Romney is back to his old position, that the only people voting Democratic were the moochers and takers who depend on government benefits.

The sad thing about all this is that Romney appears much like the substance-abuser who is in denial. How do the Republicans and Romney explain that such states as Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Iowa all voted for Obama – despite having virtually all-white populations? There aren’t enough black and Latino people in Vermont to fill the stands at Gutterson Field House, but Obama won the Green Mountain state with 66 percent of the vote.

As far as the moocher states went, Romney won just about every Red State that gets more money from the federal government than it sends to Washington in taxes. That includes such mainstays of the old Confederacy as Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Red states, receive, on average, far more in federal government expenditures than they pay in taxes, according to calculations by the Washington Post. The balance is the opposite in blue states.

Thus, Obama won virtually all the states that have the cities that fuel the 21st Century U.S. economy. Centers of education, technology, finance, innovation and medicine, including New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Portland (both Maine and Oregon) all went for Obama.

Face it Mitt Romney, an awful lot of smart, well-educated, hard-working, diverse Americans, the people who support with their taxes federal largesse for the Republican Red brigade of states, voted for Obama. Including voters in the state that you served (admirably, for the most part) as governor for four years.

Time for some post-election rehab for the GOP. President Obama is the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win two consecutive terms with a majority of the vote. The people who spent his first term calling him a Kenyan-born  socialist  are in serious need of  psychiatric help.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Calhoun permalink
    November 15, 2012 10:35 pm

    Dead on Scott. Governor Romney remains delusional and in deep denial. One more stat: Food stamp collection is higher in counties where the GOP won. Another example where low information voters continue to vote against their own economic interest.

  2. Lisette Prince permalink
    November 15, 2012 11:08 pm

    This one is your best yet!

  3. November 16, 2012 12:37 am

    Great Commentary…This blog should be emailed to every Republican lawmaker in Washington including the GOP’s spinsters who hit the tv talk show circuits. It’s time for them to read a little bit to bring then down to earth.

  4. Phil West permalink
    November 16, 2012 3:27 am

    Thoughtful and on target.

  5. Allison permalink
    November 16, 2012 6:17 am

    Reality: Obamacare is going to cost jobs.15 percent of hospitals to close and cause many doctors to stop seeing Medicare patients. Given Medicare’s enormous unfunded liabilities, some reduction in benefits is inevitable, but it is typical of the Obama administration to prefer that bureaucrats rather than individual consumers decide how that reduction takes place.

    In addition, millions of Americans are discovering that they will not be able to keep their current health-care plans. This includes seniors who will lose their Medicare Advantage plans, and businesses and individuals who find their plans non-compliant with Obamacare’s required benefits (such as Catholic charities and schools that are now required to offer birth control, including abortifacients).

    And Obamacare will fall short of its goal of universal coverage as 20 million Americans will still be uninsured after the bill is fully implemented. Millions more will simply be dumped into Medicaid. The poverty rate amongst women is the worst it’s been in 17 years and the extreme poverty rate is the worst it’s ever Even politifact found this to be true. been.http://www.politifact.com/personalities/george-allen/

    Romney was right to point out that the country is growing poorer under Obama’s failed policies and it will continue to get worse. We have become an entitlement society. RI grows poorer each day under 75 years of failed and corrupted Democrat policies. What’s instructive here is that Scott McKay focuses on Mr. Romney telling the truth, characterizing it as being ingracious. Talk about something meaningful, Scott… Obama won by 3 million votes… there is no mandate… a change of 401,000 votes in five counties in four states would have produced a different result. The math is on Romney’s side… as it always will be. Sore loser: the country is the real loser. That’s the tragedy of this election.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      November 17, 2012 12:39 am

      “Obamacare is going to cost jobs.15 percent of hospitals to close and cause many doctors to stop seeing Medicare patients.”

      Nonsense.

      http://www.factcheck.org/2012/02/gops-job-killing-whopper-again-2/

      The trend in many physicians not accepting new Medicare patients started well before the 2010 health care reform laws were enacted, and the those new laws don’t affect physician payments at all.

      An independent analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) suggested that some hospitals *might* not be able to adapt to the negotiated reductions in hospital payments that go into effect in 2018, and that, as a result, 15% of hospitals would become unprofitable. However, the ACA doesn’t simply make crude, across-the-board payment reductions. Instead, incentives were introduced that are designed to reward efficiency & lower costs, and in addition, the ACA’s expansion of coverage will mean 30 million additional Americans with insurance that will reduce the number of uninsured people showing up at the emergency room, easing the charity care burden on hospitals. Also, keep in mind that the hospital industry fully endorsed the ACA.

      “Given Medicare’s enormous unfunded liabilities, some reduction in benefits is inevitable, but it is typical of the Obama administration to prefer that bureaucrats rather than individual consumers decide how that reduction takes place.”

      Wrong.

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/04/mitt-romney/romney-says-ipab-board-can-tell-people-ultimately-/

      “millions of Americans are discovering that they will not be able to keep their current health-care plans. This includes seniors who will lose their Medicare Advantage plans, and businesses and individuals who find their plans non-compliant with Obamacare’s required benefits”

      All of the private health care insurance plans that were in place when the 2010 health care reform laws were enacted have been grandfathered into the system. Whether private health insurance companies continue to offer those plans is entirely up to them, not the federal government.

      Phasing out the extra, unnecessary payments to Medicare Advantage plans makes Medicare *more* solvent over the long-run. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said the value of those “extra” benefits would drop to about $42 per month, or half the value they’d be without the law.

      “And Obamacare will fall short of its goal of universal coverage as 20 million Americans will still be uninsured after the bill is fully implemented. Millions more will simply be dumped into Medicaid.”

      Nonsense. The Medicaid expansion does not go into effect until 2014, and the U.S. Supreme Court has held that no state must sign up for that Medicaid expansion to 133% of the federal poverty level.

      “Romney was right to point out that the country is growing poorer under Obama’s failed policies”

      Nonsense. The U.S. economy has been getting steadily better now for several years…wake up!

      “What’s instructive here is that Scott McKay focuses on Mr. Romney telling the truth”

      LOL…Romney wouldn’t know a truly true statement if it bit him on the behind. Neither would you apparently “Allison”. The fact is that you lost fair & square…now deal with it!

      “Obama won by 3 million votes”

      No, the President won re-election by over 3.5 million votes, and by over more than 60 electoral votes than he needed to win in the Electoral College, which is the way that we elect our Presidents in the USA.

      “The math is on Romney’s side”

      Nope, the demographic changes that the USA has been undergoing have been ongoing for several decades now, and they are making the USA an even stronger country by making it an even more diverse country, period.

  6. November 16, 2012 5:52 pm

    Why do Republicans only talk about entitlements to average Americans? The taxpayers bailed out the bankers, but Romney wasn’t directing his comments at that billionaire welfare program.

  7. Mister Guy permalink
    November 16, 2012 11:51 pm

    “In a conference call with large campaign donors Wednesday, the defeated Republican candidate blamed his loss on ‘big gifts’ that the president has been giving out to ‘the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people’ as well as to women during his first term.

    Romney cited such benefits as ‘free health care,’’ contraceptive coverage, affordable student loans and ‘amnesty for children of illegal’ immigrants.”

    America dodged a huge bullet by not voting Willard Romney into office, and these recent comments prove that very nicely.

    “This sounds eerily like the former Massachusetts governor’s 47 percent remarks that were taped without his approval at a fat cat fund-raiser earlier in the year. Romney disavowed those remarks before the election, saying ‘they were just wrong'”

    …and, like just about everything else that he said during the recent Presidential campaign, Romney was lying when he tried to distance himself from those remarks.

    “How do the Republicans and Romney explain that such states as Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Iowa all voted for Obama – despite having virtually all-white populations?”

    Actually, states like VT & ME are “takers” when it comes to federal dollars vs. tax revenue sent to D.C.. NH is a “giver”, and IA is one of many states that gives about as much in taxes as it gets back in federal dollars.

    “As far as the moocher states went, Romney won just about every Red State that gets more money from the federal government than it sends to Washington in taxes. That includes such mainstays of the old Confederacy as Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Red states, receive, on average, far more in federal government expenditures than they pay in taxes, according to calculations by the Washington Post. The balance is the opposite in blue states.”

    The relationship between “giver” & “taker” states and their status as consistent “blue” or “red” states isn’t so exact. HI, NM & VA all went for Obama in 2012, and all of them are “taker” states. There are also plenty of pretty reliable “red” states that give around about as much in taxes as they get back in federal dollars, like ID, UT, NE, KS, OK, AR, MO & TN. PA & MD are reliable “blue” states that also give around about as much in taxes as they get back in federal dollars.

    A more common denominator in whether a state is a “giver” or a “taker” is whether or not a state is a rural, low population state or not. Around 70% of the population of the USA is currently subsidizing around 30% of the rest of the population of the USA…with around 15% of the population of the USA living in almost exclusively rural, low population states that take more federal funding than they give in taxes.

    “President Obama is the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win two consecutive terms with a majority of the vote.”

    Actually, President Obama is only the second Democrat to win two consecutive Presidential terms at all since FDR.

  8. tim2200 permalink
    November 18, 2012 12:37 pm

    My goodness Scotso, why so worked up?? Could it be that Romney hit a nerve when speaking the truth about Obama’s win?? Uh huh!!
    Democrats cannot win elections without the moocher/looter vote.
    That is a fact and Democrats know it which is why they always seek to expand their moocher/looter base. Have you seen the Medicaid explosion??

    But there is hope for the country. The largest minority voting block, Hispanics, are not voluntary slaves to the Democratic party the way blacks are.
    (Btw look for a significant drop in the black vote in 2016 w/o Obama running)
    The Hispanic vote is there to be won by the Republican party with the right candidates and the right message.

    Obamacare is the ultimate race to the bottom Democratic party program. Costs will go up, quality of care will go down and this program will be the trigger for the collapse of this economy.

    Barack Obama is not a Kenyan born socialist. Obama is a Hawaiian born Communist with some real self loathing racist tendencies.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      November 19, 2012 8:00 am

      “Democrats cannot win elections without the moocher/looter vote.”

      Tell that to military veterans, the elderly, the disabled, and even a few thousand millionaires & corporations that are all members of the GOP coalition, particularly from states like ID, TX, AR, LA, AL, MS, GA & SC, which are firmly a part of the so-called 47% of Americans that pay no federal income taxes.

      “Have you seen the Medicaid explosion?”

      Again, you mean in states like MS & LA where more than 20% of seniors rely on Medicaid, or states like MS, WV, TN, LA & KY where more than half of all disabled people rely on Medicaid, or states like TX that have the largest number of seniors & disabled persons on Medicaid, or states like MS, AK, LA, WV & GA where more than 70% of all nursing home residents are on Medicaid, or states like TX & NC, where the largest number of people receiving home & community-based services through Medicaid are located?? Again, you’re talking about a lot of so-called “red” states there timmy…

      “look for a significant drop in the black vote in 2016 w/o Obama running”

      Wishful thinking timmy. The voter turnout among the American black population has historically been basically between 50-60% since the 1960s, and the gap between black voter turnout & the total American voter turnout has been mostly closing since the 1980s. States like VA, OH & MI are all states where black voter turnout is becoming even more & more key to winning in those states in national races.

      “The Hispanic vote is there to be won by the Republican party with the right candidates and the right message.”

      More wishful thinking timmy. According to recent exit polls, Latino voters (the fastest growing minority group) are currently more likely than the electorate in general to support gay marriage, and a majority of Latino voters in the USA have been consistently supporting Democratic Presidential candidates since at least the 1980s. The Latino vote is key to winning states like NM, NV, CO & FL in national races, and 57% of Latino voters in AZ, CA, CO, FL, MA, NC, NM, NV, OH, TX & VA have currently self-identified themselves as Democrats…verses only 14% as GOPers. In AZ, Latinos kept Richard Carmona competitive with Jeff Flake by supporting Carmona 83%-17%. In CA, Dianne Feinstein coasted to re-election, winning Latinos 79%-20%. In FL, Bill Nelson won re-election in large part due to 59%-40% support among Florida Latinos. In MA, Elizabeth Warren’s victory was made possible in part by overwhelming support from Latinos (86%-14%). In NV, Latino voters supported Shelley Berkley by a 79%-20% margin. In OH, Latino voters supported Sherrod Brown’s re-election by a 80%-20% margin. In VA, Latino voters provided the margin for Tim Kaine’s close election by supporting him at a 70%-29% clip. Even in TX, GOPer Ted Cruz only received support from 35% of Latino voters. Even if the GOP comes to its senses on the issue of immigration policy in the USA, only 20% of Latinos who voted for President Obama in 2012 have said that they would be open to voting for a GOPer in the future.

      “Obamacare is the ultimate race to the bottom Democratic party program. Costs will go up, quality of care will go down and this program will be the trigger for the collapse of this economy.”

      LOL…yea, because significantly increasing the size of around one sixth of the U.S. economy by having millions more people involved in the private health insurance market will be a really “bad” thing for America…not…

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