A week after a resounding electoral defeat, Mitt Romney complained to campaign donors that his loss was due to nothing that he did but was instead on Obama for supposedly giving political gifts to blacks, Latinos and young voters. (He left out the gays!) “The president’s campaign,” Romney 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.”
It’s not clear what “trillions of dollars” he is referring to, but the deferred action program for undocumented DREAMers is paid for by fees. The restructuring of student loans actually saved the government money by eliminating bank middlemen and instead lending directly to students. Young voters also benefited from being allowed to remain on their parents’ health insurance coverage until the age of 26 but it costs the government nothing. His gripes about black voters must refer to his race-baiting claims about Obama being a food stamp president.
Clearly, Romney is venting but it’s not something you see publicly very often from a failed presidential candidate to list grievances with specific voter groups. Never mind the fact that he ran a horrible campaign. Romney was the least consistent presidential candidate in modern history, wrote off 47% of the country as leeches and supported policies that would adversely affect each of the groups that he mentioned. What did he expect?