Even After the Election, Mitt Revisits His '47 Percent' Mentality
It's been over a week since the country (well, half of it at least) decided that Obama should have another shot at this whole being-President thing. We spent a few days philosophizing about what it meant for our country, then heard from the racists, then heard about Petraeus and, now, here we are. What a maelstrom of news it has been. Thanks Twitter.
"The President's campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift - so he made a big effort on small things... 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 perpuity. I mean. this is huge."
The 'gifts' perspective of public policy was ruled out at the ballot box; that 47 percent Romney staked out soon turned into an electoral majority. In other words, the warped ideology of how a government should view its people was locked out at the front door by those same people almost faster than Romney himself.
Knowing that, this could be Romney's last political breath of air - a final atonement to an idea that America just didn't wanna accept. And a loss his huge donors didn't want to bare.
"I'm very sorry that we didn't win," he said. "I know you expected to win, we expected to win, we were disappointed with the result, we hadn't anticipated it, and it was very close but close doesn't count in this business."
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