Mitt Romney – remember him? – is working through his stages of grief at losing the election campaign, and has resurfaced in a call to his lucky donors. During the call, he blamed his defeat on Barack Obama’s “gifts” of free stuff like healthcare and education to women and people of colour.
The Los Angeles Times’s Maeve Reston appears to have heard the conference call, and reports:
Mitt Romney told his top donors Wednesday that his loss to President Obama was a disappointing result that neither he or his top aides had expected, but said he believed his team ran a “superb” campaign with “no drama,” and attributed his rival’s victory to “the gifts” the administration had given to blacks, Hispanics and young voters during Obama’s first term.
Obama, Romney argued, had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited as motivating factors to young voters the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and the extension of health coverage for students on their parents’ insurance plans well into their 20s. Free contraception coverage under Obama’s healthcare plan, he added, gave an extra incentive to college-aged women to back the president.
Would that be the 47% by any chance, Mitt? But there’s a happyschadenfreude ending (for Democrats):
The former Massachusetts governor said he was trying to turn his thoughts to his plans going forward.
“But frankly we’re still so troubled by the past, it’s hard to put together our plans for the future,” he said.