Romney would have won if all you stinking homeless people didn’t vote for Obama

Romney Won the Election, If You Don’t Count the 51% Who Voted For Obama

Mitt Romney’s chief strategist for the presidential campaign, Stuart Stevens, penned a little piece for the Washington Post yesterday that was overlooked, and quite extraoardinary.

In it you find all the loathing for middle class Americans that oozed from Romney during, and after, the campaign.  It’s a hell of a read.  Each sentence drips with the bitter.  Clearly this is a campaign utterly full of itself.  A campaign grounded in the divine right of kings.  Just check out the first sentence:

Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing.

Loyalty to whom?  And self-loathing of what?  In the GOP, however, all you find is loathing… for gays, blacks, Latinos, immigrants, womenscience, and the entire American system of government.

I appreciate that Mitt Romney was never a favorite of D.C.’s green-room crowd or, frankly, of many politicians.

Mitt Romney

Romney via Shutterstock

Uh, Romney was never a favorite of anyone.  Romney’s loss wasn’t just about the supposed “Village” attitude inside the beltway. His own party didn’t like him.  And newsflash, neither did the American people or he’d have won.

That’s why, a year ago, so few of those people thought that he would win the Republican nomination.

Yeah, Beating Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and the Pizza Guy Was Quite an Accomplishment

Okay, I’m sorry, but it’s not that big of an accomplishment to best Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, that pizza guy, and Rick Perry.  Oh yeah, who can forget Ron Paul?  The only normal candidate, Jon Hunstman, dropped out.

But that was indicative not of any failing of Romney’s but of how out of touch so many were in Washington and in the professional political class.

No, of course not.

Nobody liked Romney except voters.

Clearly not enough of them.

This line is also quite telling:

He bested the competition in debates, and though he was behind almost every candidate in the GOP primary at one time or the other, he won the nomination and came very close to winning the presidency.

So, basically, your beloved-by-the-people candidate was the least favorite of all and only won after each front-runner before him imploded.

He trounced Barack Obama in debate.

Yes, notice he used the singular rather than the plural of “debate.”

Obama Only Won Because Poor People Like Him

But here’s my favorite part of the tale:

On Nov. 6, Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income. That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters.

In other words, Obama only won because the stinkin’ poor voted for him.  This, of course, is a lie.  Obama won a lot of groups that are hardly the poverty-class.  Gays, 75%.  Youth, 60%.  Women 55% (and mind you, Obama won women by a larger margin (11 points) than he lost men (7)). Blacks (93%), Latinos (71%), Asians.  And it’s also interesting to note that those with a post-grad degree voted for Obama, not Romney (you usually don’t think of lawyers, doctors, and PhDs are the welfare class).

But back to that $50,000 a year line for a moment.

First off, $50,000 a year definitely counts as middle class in parts of this country, depending on how many kids you have, whether you’re married, and where you live.

Second, “less than $50k/year” voters only make up 41% of the electorate.  Obama won nearly 50.9%.  That’s a good ten points more than simply the “let them eat cake” class.

Obama Won the Wrong 51%

And finally, so what?  What’s Stevens’ point?  That Obama won over the “wrong” 51% of the country?  That the majority that voted for Obama is somehow less legitimate, less American, than the 47.4% that voted for Romney?

Are you getting a better feel for why Romney lost, and for where that horrid 47% diatribe came from?

While John McCain lost white voters younger than 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points

Mighty white of him.  But what exactly is Stevens’ point?  That Romney was more deserving because “whites” liked him?

In the debates and in sweeping rallies across the country, Romney captured the imagination of millions of Americans.

No, he really didn’t.  Even Republicans didn’t like Romney.

And here comes the real whopper:

There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities. Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to victory.

This is Romney’s 47% diatribe again. If Romney had only been a minority, the election would have been so much easier.  And yes, Obama turned the fact that minorities now make up a sizable percentage of America to his advantage, and the fact that Republicans tend to hate minorities to their disadvantage.  Why does Stevens think that this is an indictment of Obama, rather than an indictment of Romney?

Life in America is Simply Too Easy For Black People

Oh, and Obama was black, and the media doesn’t like criticizing black people.

 But he was a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical. How easy is that to replicate?

Yes.  America is simply too kind to black people.  Oh, and while Obama raised $1.06 billion, Romney raised $954 million, – in other words, Romney raised a billion as well – so that “African American president with a billion dollars line” is BS.

Yes, the Republican Party has problems, but as we go forward, let’s remember that any party that captures the majority of the middle class must be doing something right.

Why?  Even if this is true, and it’s not clear it is, is the middle some Holy Grail of America, or the only “real” America, as Sarah Palin likes to say?  If Mitt Romney can’t even win 50% of the vote then no, he’s not “doing something right.”  And if he can’t win it in this economy, with more money than God, against a President who has his flaws, then no, Mr. Romney wasn’t doing something right at all.  A candidate doing something right would have won.

When Mitt Romney stood on stage with President Obama… it was about fundamental Republican ideas vs. fundamental Democratic ideas. It was about lower taxes or higher taxes, less government or more government, more freedom or less freedom.

Yes, and Mitt Romney, at one time or another, has held each and every one of those positions.  And that, among other reasons, is why he lost.


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  • trupatrot

    This post, if read by Republicans, will create a cognitive dissonance heard around the world. Their “reality” is rooted somewhere in another universe.

    Let’s hold Obama “responsible” for winning. Forget Romney and the part he played in LOSING. Refusal to produce adequate tax returns and writing only a victory speech comes to mind. Arrogance only one who believes they are superior over all would display.

    I am a white, female business owner who is middle class. This post explains why many, myself included, didn’t walk, but RAN to vote for Obama.

    Obama’s win was significant because people from all walks of life came together and made a statement, a CLEAR statement-progress means betterment for ALL people. WE THE PEOPLE spoke.

    It’s clear the Republicans never heard that statement. And they wonder why they’re fading away….

  • Kelly

    Referring to the title here-That’s just what those stupid Republicons think http://www.ficksitall.blogspot.com/

  • Deano

    I applaud Stuart Stevens for his analysis of the election and hope his views prevail as the Republicans plan how to go forward from here. Such thinking should further ensure a bright and shiny future for the Democratic party and the further demise and increasing irrelevance of the Republican party.

  • Snaggletooth

    Maybe if only 1% percent of the country made less than 50,000 a year they would be more sympathetic to the needs of the wealthy…

  • G. M. A. J. H.

    I will never vote for anyone because of the color of their skin. I voted for Alan Keyes because he is an outstanding person, he is a Christian, he would have made a wonderful President. But unfortunately, he didn’t get elected. Or was that fortunate, because he would have been assassinated (unless God would intervene). I love Alan Keyes! He is an African American and I am a Scandinavian American. But color has nothing to do with my vote. It never has and it never will. I am an American Navy Veteran. I love Alan and I love Israel!

  • G. M. A. J. H.

    I had heard that Romney got the majority of the popular vote. The system we have here that is called The Electoral College is something I will never understand. How can someone get more votes and still lose the election? I wish someone could make me understand that! Personally, I believe that all of our elections have been rigged up by The People BEHIND the scenes. They may not even be American citizens! I believe that this last election that brought Obama into a second term will be the last Presidential election that we will have in America because Those People will have completed the destruction of America by the end of this second term that Obama has. I don’t blame Obama completely for this destruction because I believe that Those People has been behind at least the last few dozen American Presidents. At least as far back as the President that was elected after President Lincoln. I also believe Those People were responsible for the Assassination of The Late President J.F. Kennedy. All I can say is “God HELP America!” NOT “God Bless America”. And I will always say, “God Bless Israel!”

  • A reader in Colorado

    Well, although I never talked about how awesome Romney is, though I was accused of doing so and it was actually assumed I was supporting Romney without evidence by resident and visiting Obamabots (not among present company of course), but I did consider the possibility that Obama might lose, and I’m still here. Heh.

    (I would argue I’m not a troll, though I have been seen that way by some)

    Both Obamabots and Romneybots annoyed me equally during the campaign so I went after the Rombots as hard as I went after the Obots, but neither species appeared to observe me trash the other, LOL.

  • Naja pallida

    Speaking of marionettes… did you notice, that just before the election a thread like this one would have been attracted a dozen trolls talking about how awesome Romney is, how we’re just hating for no reason, and how Obama is going to lose… and now they’re no where to be found?

  • moneycone

    Math is like kryptonite to the GOP

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    Stop your whining. You lost because decent people did not like your shallow personality or your ignorant policies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kurt.weldon Kurt Weldon

    the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income.

    Just to add to the fun, it is 30 years of conservative “economic policies” – pretty much the ones High Lord Romney was promoting – that are responsible for such a large percentage of the population falling into that particular category.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yep. And what they drew on that slate was taken straight out of a Hieronymus Bosch hell-scape painting…

  • Anonymous3934

    wahhh my guy lost

    http://www.kleenex.com

  • A reader in Colorado

    Oh, sorry for the second reply, but I think that Romney was the perfect marionette. He may not have been the Republicans’ first choice, but he was their perfect choice, the perfect blank slate on which to write anything they wanted.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I agree with you completely.

  • A reader in Colorado

    And yet, with all that, 48% of people, or thereabouts, still voted for Republicans.

    It’s worth asking, how did the Republicans get this way, and can we afford these parties at all anymore, the Republican, and the Republican enabling one. Many will agree we can no longer afford the Republicans as they are.

    The GOP has gotten where it’s gotten in the last 40 years, by doubling down on their cynicism every time. They clearly haven’t learned their lesson. The Republican party now functions only as a backstop; we have effective one party rule among the non insane, and sometimes not even that.

    This isn’t a party to me.

    This isn’t cute. And I know you think so too. Yet we get people treating this as if this is funny,.

    That we got a limitless a$$hole such as Romney to be the Republican nominee, and that he got almost half the vote. That that even happened means this country is in grave danger.

    People here are laughing instead of realizing that the person the Republicans run next election will be as bad as Romney or worse.that such a person will be even more fatuous, possibly even more wealthy, possibly an outright billionaire unprosecuted criminal with prima fascia crimes.

    Because no one is dealing with these people.

    That steps need to be taken that aren’t being taken, to start to turn the ratchet the other way. And what about the Republican enabling party? Every time Democrats shift right as a strategy for pushing Republicans further right. That now THEY’RE the cynical ones, for whom winning elections is all that matters, that they’re willing to contemplate the gravest disservice to honor and country. That they USE the Republicans rather than OPPOSE the Republicans.

    I cannot support the rightward lurch of the Democratic Party anymore. They aren’t fighting the Republicans, they are USING them. This needs to stop, somehow, or be stopped.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Oh why did Mitt Romney lose the 2012 presidential election? Let me count the ways…

    - Even his GOP primary opponents helpfully pointed out his constant flip-flopping on positions. And the primaries themselves painted every single GOP candidate as callously uncaring about anybody who isn’t white, Christian, Republican and preferably male and rich.

    - Until all of the GOP’s Not Romney’s dropped out, he never polled better than their 2nd place choice.

    - Romney’s ads were nearly all negative attack adds, which voters are increasingly sick of.

    - Romney’s compulsive lying was noticeable and obvious, even to the casually informed. Then he picked another liar as his running mate. Often they couldn’t keep their lies straight from day to day or within a single interview.

    - Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver, and his “abolish Medicare” budget.

    - Constantly mistaking the radicalized GOP hyper-conservative Tea Bagger base for mainstream America. Every pander to the ‘Baggers cost them votes in the middle and even among the non-insane conservatives.

    - Mittens’ refusal to release his taxes, giving every appearance of having tons (or millions) to hide.

    - Hundreds of millions in offshore bank accounts.

    - Alienating the Latino community with ‘self-deportation’ remarks.

    - Alienating the LGBT community with every single GOP position.

    - Alienating the African American community with constant racist dog-whistling.

    - Alienating young people in college by indicating he thinks college loans are a dumb idea, that if you want to go to college or start a business while you’re young, you just go to your parents and ask them for money. Oh, and young folks really are keen on ecology, economic opportunities for people who don’t own business and have no desire to start one, and MJ legalization. Oh, and in large numbers they’re cool with the idea of letting same-sex couples marry.

    - Alienating women by refusing to say he supports the idea of equal pay for equal work, and for giving every indication he does think women shouldn’t be allowed access to contraceptive medication, much less abortion. (And it remains true: Roughly 2/3 of Americans do believe abortion should not be made illegal or impossible to obtain. Unfortunately a significant number of 1/3 who do are running the GOP.)

    - Anne Romney. They thought she was their secret weapon, but it turned out otherwise — she was increasingly a liability, especially when she became irritated. Which was often.

    - A message that never deviated from “support for small businesses and business owners”, when the overwheming majority of Americans do not own businesses — they work for others.

    - Looking and acting like an utter jackass on his tour through Europe and the Middle East. And essentially committing the United States to war with Iran if Israel ever decided to pull the trigger.

    - Injecting himself in the foreign diplomatic crisis in Libya, clearly trying to make it all worse for his own benefit. Jumping in front of the camera to say things that were clearly wrong.

    - “Please proceed governor.” Yeah, so Romney won the first debate by acting not like a serious candidate for office but like a Gish Galloping snake-oil salesman. But he was trounced in the 2nd and 3rd, and the moment everybody remembers is when Romney tried to spin right-wing fantasy into reality — which the rest of the country wasn’t buying. Oh, I think Stevens is also trying to claim that Romney ‘bested’ his GOP competition in the primary debates. Actually he was never judged to have won any of them. He was always their 2nd choice, no more.

    - Failing to present anything resembling a coherent and mathematically sound plan for dealing with the nation’s economy and gov’t finances. (i.e., Simultaneously claiming he’d close the deficit by reducing rates on everybody and eliminating capital gains and estate taxes, and supposedly making up the difference by eliminating loopholes and deductions — which even if the parts of his plan that could be deduced were enacted and every single significant deduction was eliminated, his deficits would’ve been even bigger than they are currently.)

    - The GOP convention, that curious noxious swirling mixture of boring, borderline offensive, and bizarre. Clint Eastwood and an empty chair — the only thing anybody remembers, and not because we all thought it was brilliant improv theater. It was like watching your beloved grandpa shout at the sky…and realizing he thinks it’s answering him.

    - Hurricane Sandy. Sorry, but I do think it made a difference in that mere weeks before the election, Obama got to look presidential and full of leadership qualities, while Romney flailed and shambled and tried to inject politics into relief efforts. As usual.

    - Voter suppression efforts backfired, having become so obvious and blatantly disenfranchising that people got pissed enough to stand in lines for hours — and it wasn’t to vote GOP.

    - Believing their own right-wing phony reality, complete with ‘unskewed’ polls which were actually extremely skewed — to be what they wanted.

    - And the top #1 reason? (In my opinion, anyway.) The 47% video. Given what Romney’s said after the election (“huge gifts”), and also his spokesweasels, it is now clear and obvious those remarks were the truth of how he feels about America and its citizens: It’s loathing and disdain.

    Bonus observation: Stevens remark about Democrats and the left in general lacking in loyalty and suffering from self-loathing. I do believe that’s him saying that everyone who isn’t GOP and conservative are essentially disloyal America-haters. Yeah, definitely the way to win votes, tell the people who didn’t vote for you that you hate them and everything they believe in.

  • A reader in Colorado

    Indeed, don’t be fooled. Wally wasn’t there because he was put into an ex-gay camp by Ward.

  • ItsOnlyMe

    Romney lost because the party he represents is so grossly out of tune with evolving America. The GOP and conservatives (especially its whack-job element) have never been capable of dealing with internal factions – you fall into line or you are out! – and thus its energetic tea party members were able to brow beat anyone wussie enough to even think in terms of moderation and compramise. Just take a good look at the House today!
    In the minds of voters, the voice of the GOP became associated with the rantings of Rush, Coulter, Beck, and other crackpots. Who would ever want to sit down and have a beer with any of these people? Just the Ayn Rand stories would drive you nuts!
    The GOP has never had such a dilemma and the partys’ very survival may depend on how it reacts to the challenge of our evolving America. But first it has to get rid of the knee-jerk contrarians who have come to define the GOP and find people who can interact and negotiate with Democrats and find viable answers to the many problems we face as a nation.

  • Aaron_000

    @BeccaMorn:disqus
    You always crack me up!

  • nicho

    Leave it to Beaver and Obama

  • nicho

    I agree. That was my point, I guess. Maybe I wasn’t clear. Had Obama been white, the Mormon factor would have been a deal breaker.

  • Naja pallida

    If that’s all they did, he should count himself lucky.

  • signalfire1

    Not to worry, I’m sure someone in the White House kitchen spit in Romney’s food.

  • signalfire1

    Republican men watch lots of porn and never get laid unless they pay for it. You can tell just by looking at them. That’s what makes them so bitter.

  • signalfire1

    What do you expect? They’re all One Book Wonders who can’t see that the Bible is a farce. They ‘believe’ in fantasy and have no use for reality. In a sane world they would all be in mental institutions having their brains dissected for study as pathological specimens.

  • signalfire1

    Huntsman wasn’t the only viable candidate. Gary Johnson would have given Obama a run for his money (for one thing, he’s honest and not a corporate puppet, however skillfully advertised); the RNC so marginalized him that most people didn’t even know he was running. Any why? Because he advocated a national discussion about the failed drug war and the billions it’s costing us? Really? Try writing an article or a book about the Strange Candidacy of Gary Johnson. It’d be epic.

  • A reader in Colorado

    While we’re at it, I’d like to see some coverage of the dysfunction of the Obama Justice Department with regards to wealthy white collar crime on this blog, please. The election’s over, the reflexive Obama support no longer necessary. Some pressure on the Obama administration over its inaction on wealthy white collar criminals – of which there is now an extensive list – is very much needed.

    And no. Mere commenters DON’T suffice.

  • A reader in Colorado

    The only problem is that In Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver the father was a benevolent dictator.

  • A reader in Colorado

    Oh, well, I hadn’t thought of that. But my response to Naja would be the same. Time is being wasted on this, both on this blog and by this President, whatever the rationale.

    These people like Romney who commit mass tax fraud need to be sitting in a jail cell rather than having arugula chicken salad in the White House, even if the only purpose is to see President Obama stick out his tongue. Enough with the mocking. Let’s see some prosecuting.

    And when that’s the priority, rather than on important policy priorities, or important stories on this blog, it’s revealing. I sense that we’re going to have no pressure on Americablog on this president to have his JD function against rich criminals, but a whole lot of mocking and tongue wagging and self pleasuring while leaving the rich to otherwise enjoy their idyllic lives.

    And another criminal plutocrat running as the Republican kewpie doll in 2016 because of the general Democratic non-seriousness as to that matter.

  • ezpz

    My sense is that 0bama’s invitation to Romney was an in your face type of thing. It was as if to say (without the words): “I won, and for the next four years, this is MY house, and you’ll NEVER live in it because you lost! Na na na na na!”

  • A reader in Colorado

    I know it’s a little bit off topic, but I wonder what so-called progressives in Congress would have to do to get that kind of luncheon with the President. Probably cave on Social Security or Medicare or something as a precondition of the luncheon. (I exaggerate, but admit it, I come closer to the truth than for many people is comfortable, yes?)

    And I do understand at least it’s part of a pattern with this President. To pamper the rich while condescending to liberals (that it’s only reasonable and pragmatic to pander to the rich). Perhaps the President wishes to be a frequent judge on Iron Chef™ sampling truffles and bon bons every other week during his long retirement. You can’t be unfriendly to the idle rich if you fantasize about being one of them for the remainder of your life, even if they’re unfriendly to you.

    And I would prefer investigations and arrests to the mocking. We have bigger fish to fry than entertaining the fantasies of weasels, even sticking our collective tongue out at them.

  • slappymagoo

    When Stuart Stevens (or StuSte, as I like to call him), writes “Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the
    Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty
    and an abundance of self-loathing,” the shortage of loyalty he’s referring to is to ‘Murka. If Democrats were reallt patriots and truly loved this country, they’d vote Republican. That’s what Republicans keep insisting, and what reasons do THEY have to make crap like that up?

    In Republicanland, only Republicans love America, only Republicans truly understand what the REAL America is about. Because only Democrats are on public assistance and vote for the freedom to be lazy moochers. This country would be so much better if only Republicans were allowed to vote, though Lord knows Republicans tried to make that a reality.

    And because Republicans are the only ones who truly love America, they’re also the only ones allowed to demand secession or revolution or impeachment when their guy isn’t elected President. Because love means never having to say you lost.

  • Naja pallida

    Obama lost because poor people vote? I have an idea then Republicans… stop making so many poor people with your shitty economic voodoo.

  • Naja pallida

    I don’t really understand why Obama would have invited Romney to the White House. It would be one thing if Romney was a Senator or a Governor, someone that Obama might have to work with again in the future… but Romney is now an unemployed rich guy who lives in a mansion in California that even his own party doesn’t want to acknowledge any more. He holds no sway over anything in politics. There is no reason to reach out to him at all, short of mocking him and his people for being sore losers.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The late 1950s-era American South. Oh, and in their version of the universe, ‘Father Knows Best’ and ‘Leave It To Beaver’ are merely reality shows.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It’s just another discordant note on the racist dog-whistle.

  • Mike_in_Houston

    My word. I cannot believe that all of this whining is still going on. You lost, MittWit; get used to it.
    It’s really scary to contemplate the screaming that would be going on in this country right now if MittWit had won the popular vote, even while losing the electoral college, considering all the whining that continues to go on over the fact that he lost both…

  • Jim Olson

    Possibly, but if Romney’s opponent had been a white Christian, this would have been an utter rout. Republicans didn’t vote for Romney, they voted against Obama for a lot of reasons, but chief among them is their deep seated and subtle racism.

  • Todays Illusion

    Translation: The demographics of this nation are not the same as 1950.

  • Todays Illusion

    I agree about 25% of the Republican vote was pure racist.

    Bad, but not as bad as it could be.

  • A reader in Colorado

    Romney ought to be under investigation for tax evasion and securities fraud and lying to the SEC. Instead he’s being treated to White House luncheons with the President. If no one else is impressed with Mitt Romney, evidently Obama is.

  • Jonathan_Justice

    Quite the find indeed! I personally think it a little long for an epitaph on the, “We were right. You losers are still wrong.” theme.

    Given the rich source material, I am not all that bothered that Mr. A. neglects the idea that the morally outraged posture is being undertaken by a person who worked on the Republican campaigns of 2000 and 2004 and still will not bother to suggest that voter discouragement stuff in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and some other places might be just a tiny bit problematical.

  • giscindy

    Thank you! Finally numbers that make sense. Anyone who thinks $250k is the middle class has never been outside the bubble.

  • Outspoken1

    Obama, “too liberal” (“There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic
    Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities.
    Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to
    victory.” …from above) . Huh?

  • flug32

    Hello America and Hello Romney Campaign! The MEDIAN ANNUAL FAMILY INCOME in the United States is $50,054.

    MEDIAN. For those of you who skipped 7th grade math, that means half of households earn more than that, the other half earn less.

    For those of you wondering what the Middle Class is, this is it. $50,054 is the MIDDLE of the middle class. By definition.

    Not $250,000–less than 2% of households make more than that.

    Not $150,000–only about 8%.

    Not $100,000–that’s only 20%.

    Not even $75,000–only 1/3 of households earn that much or more.

    $50,000 annually is the MIDDLE of the middle class.

    If you’re running a campaign, learn that fact, memorize it, and live by it.

    Or lose, like Romney did. Because you can’t ignore and despite 50% of the American population and still win an election.

    “We just won 98% of the $250K+ income class. Ain’t we something special!” Yeah, you just won exactly 1.8% of the vote. Still got a bit of a hill to climb there.

    Families & households who earn $50K and less are the ACTUAL heartland, core, main street, ‘real America’, and all those other terms that Republicans like to bandy around on the campaign trail and completely ignore in reality.

    Sources: http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p60-243.pdf http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/07/16/156688596/what-americans-earn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States

  • nicho

    And as I told a friend of mine, the big winner in this election was the Mormon cult. They desperately want someone in the White House. Until now, the biggest hurdle for a Mormon candidate was that Christians wouldn’t vote for him. Now, thanks to racism, many Christians bit the bullet and got past the Mormon thing. This will make things easier for the next candidate who wants to “run the country” for the brethren in SLC. So, they lost the battle — although I suspect many of them didn’t like Willard either — but they made a giant gain in the war.

  • UncleBucky

    I bet that 25% of the Rmoney vote could be counted to the race vote. I was so SURE that the christianists and even conservative Christians (get the diff?) would have voted for the Christian candidate (Obama) rather than the polytheistic candidate (Willard), but no.

  • UncleBucky

    Oh, Stewie, just go pump some gas…

  • Indigo

    Even in South Africa, apartheid is over. Where exactly do the Republicans imagine themselves to be on this planet?

  • Cathy Kurtz

    Well written and conclusive analysis for this reader to enjoy!! Thanks ;)

  • nicho

    Romney lost because he was a serial liar and an all-around douchebag. Even a lot of people who voted for him didn’t like him. They only voted for him because he’s white.

  • caphillprof

    Republicans always project. What they hate about you is what they hate about themselves.

    It seems to me that this whining is unusual this time around. Sure losers always grouse and make excuses. But not so publicly and so often and so loud.

    I think Republicans have become thoroughly disconnected from reality. Their beliefs ran into a brick wall of facts this past election night and they still cannot accept the facts.

    One sees this in the grumbling of the anti-marriage crowd that lost in Maryland. They are saying it was easier for the proponents of same sex marriage to raise money because their cause was “politically correct.” Duh?

  • DowntownLA

    According to the NY Times, Asian Americans voted for Obama by 73% and we have the highest median income of any racial group in America.

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