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November 18, 2012

More on Romney’s gifting

Filed under: Issues,Media,People,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 7:30 pm
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A few days ago, I blogged about Romney catching flak for the “gifting” comment that he made.  And, although you might think the Benghazi and Petraeus scandals would have pushed the gifting story to the sidelines by the weekend, the Sunday talk shows this morning revealed that the media still want to get a few more miles out of it.  . 

According to some media pundits, the story shows how out of touch Romney and the Republicans are.  Instead of recognizing their loss and trying to fix their obviously failed message, the party is “doubling down” on its failed message, according to pundits.  No one points out that Romney’s comment was not a public, forward-looking message; rather, it was a private post-mortem of his campaign to his big donors.    

The more mean-spirited pundits suggested that Romney was confirming himself as an out-of-touch loser who doesn’t know when to go away even while they conceded that Romney has been in seclusion except for this leaked conference call/post-mortem with major donors.  That is the definition of hypocrisy.      

One additional comment about gifting – as I previously blogged, providing favored treatment to your coalition of supporters has been standard operating procedure as long as America has existed, and for the media to call Romney a sore loser for stating that fact reminds me of the guy in Casablanca saying that he was shocked to find there was gambling going on in a back room.  Don’t tell me that President Obama didn’t reward the UAW with the GM bailout.  In fact, he did, and they repaid him in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Another fact – one of the best examples of people voting against their interest is the white middle class.  Several liberal friends over the years have asked me why the white middle class refuses to endorse tax hikes on the rich.  They can’t understand why voters would reject a tax increase that would not indirectly affect them. 

My response is that some people are more principled and less selfish than others.


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