EVEN PANICKED REPUBLICANS JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON
Mitt Romney has stepped in it again. In the eyes of those with political agendas and vested interests who are feigning indignation, that is. As was the case with Romney’s now infamous “47%” comments (the context of which, was also correct, by the way), the erstwhile Republican presidential nominee has once again come under fire for comments he believed he was making in confidence. And this time, panicked Republicans have jumped on the opportunistic bandwagon as well.
Speaking to a group of campaign donors, Romney opined that Obama had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups – “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”
Any reasonably functioning adult in America with even a modicum of interest in politics who doesn’t believe this to be true is either unable to read, watch television or listen to the radio. After all, there are only two cornerstones of the Obama presidency: class warfare - fostering animosity against the upper class, and pandering - to special interest groups and minorities.
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, ObamaCare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people.
They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008. 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 health care – particularly if you don’t have it – getting free health care is worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity. I mean, this is huge.
Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition, with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”
Can someone – liberal, conservative or anywhere between – please point out just one part of that comment that isn’t true? Just one?
The quintessential bit of hypocrisy in all of this is the simple truth that everyone knows it – on both sides of the aisle – and they always have. It’s the ultimate advantage of the power of incumbency, is it not? Obama has simply taken it to a new level. While past presidents have generally relied on things like signing legislation containing an earmark here and an earmark there (here an earmark, there an earmark, everywhere an earmark), Obama has chosen to go big - and blatant – like suspending federal law and granting amnesty to a million or more illegal aliens – or ordering the Justice Department to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
One would naturally expect liberals to condemn Romney over this. After all, while Mitt may be history, there are surely a few viable Republicans to whom Democrats can attach these comments at some fortuitous time in the future, right?
But Marco Rubio? Chris Christie? Bobby Jindal? Save it, guys. It would be a different story if you had been asked to comment on this faux controversy and you felt forced to offer the typical political rebuttal, but to race to microphones – with an eye on 2016 – just to distance yourselves from the correct observations of an honest man who was in the process of analyzing an election he had just lost – to which he had given his all for years? Shame on your hypocritical selves.
Unlike the gutless Republicans who’ve jumped on the bandwagon to lambaste Mitt, I – for one – admire his honesty. I choose to call a spade a spade, as well.