Mitt Romney's Own Gift
Apparently unwittingly, he acknowledged that he sees the social safety net -- for years the embodiment of the nation's conscience in aiding its poor, ill and elderly -- as just another handout to the undeserving.
His critics could not have made a better case that Romney is as an out-of-touch rich guy. No wonder major Republican political figures lined up to denounce him and write off any future for him in the party.
At the same time, Romney's latest remarks, coupled with his dismissal during the campaign of "47 percent of Americans" as moochers at the federal trough, were a wake-up call to fellow Republicans to get off their tiresome "class warfare" rant.
In a domestic climate that reeks of economic inequality, with the wealthiest Americans benefiting from colossal tax breaks on both regular income and capital gains from investments, that old Republican lament was long ago rendered hollow.
Speaking, as Romney did, of "extraordinary financial gifts from the government" -- referring to limited college loan forgiveness and free contraceptives and care under the hated "Obamacare" -- was a bit much coming at a time when his party was clinging to the Bush tax cuts for the 2 percent of the wealthiest Americans, which Obama wants to end this year.
If the outcome of the presidential election is not enough to bestir Republicans to re-examine the image Romney projected of the
None of this can be very helpful to the Republican brand as a lame-duck session of
Democrats are well positioned now to argue that the voters have spoken on the issue and want no more of the stalemate of the last two years. The Republicans, still in control of the House, will largely be assigned the blame if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. The last time
This time around, much may depend on Obama's seemingly stiffened spine and the influence of the election returns on Boehner's troublesome tea-party hard-liners. In all this,
A losing presidential nominee seldom has any say in post-election politics. But in Romney's case, his voice will be particularly irrelevant, in considerable part because of his ill-timed and ill-reasoned assessment of blame for his loss, rejected so emphatically among his own party's leaders.
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