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Romney's Rancid Rant!

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In many ways, the best test of any candidate for elected office is how that candidate behaves after the election is over. It is always wise for candidates to be gracious in either victory or defeat.  And, indeed, on the night of November 6, 2012, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney seemed, for that moment at least, to be a gracious gentleman in his defeat.  But, it did not take long for Romney's true colors, so evident during his long campaign for the presidency, to come clear once again. 

When Romney's earlier rant to a "private" group of his backers in Florida came to light during the campaign, via a hidden recording, many of us were shocked at his denigration of (paraphrasing him) the forty-seven percent of Americans who were losers, who considered themselves victims, and who preferred living off the government dole to doing any honest work.  Ironically, Romney's invented 47% figure came back to bite him during the campaign, and proved to be a self-fulfilling prophecy -- he had claimed that these "spongers" would never vote for him; and as matters turned out, he was pretty-much correct in that claim, though not at all correct in his insulting description of so many of us.

Then, a few days after the elections, Romney treated America to a new rancid rant, by going out of his way to tell former supporters that his loss in the election was due to three groups: college students, minorities, and others who had much to gain personally from a Democratic victory.  But wait, there's more, according to Romney: college students voted for President Obama because he was going to forgive their student loans, minorities voted for
President Obama because he was one of them and would provide even more lavish "gifts" to them, and others who benefit from federal largesse also would never vote for a Republican like Romney who knows how to tighten spending.

That was Romney's story, and he has stuck to it even after some leading Republicans repudiated his mean-spirited (as well as fallacious) remarks.  The governor of Louisiana pointed out at a press conference that this Romney reasoning was exactly why the Republicans had lost the election, as it is divisive and isolates the Republican party from the majority of Americans. The former governor of Mississippi was a bit more blunt, stating in response to reporters' questions, that Romney's remarks proved that the Republican party was badly in need of a "proctological examination."  Perhaps Romney should be re-designated as the Republican Rear Admiral whose incapability caused the need for such an exam, which had already contributed to his own defeat, and that of his Party as well.

America perhaps owes Mitt Romney a debt of pseudo-gratitude for exposing his own contempt for so many of us Americans once again -- a contempt he had managed to convey quite clearly during his failed campaign.  Romney just doesn't get it, and he probably never will -- his never-ending shifts in position on key issues, his ultra-reactionary stances pandering to the extreme right, his continuous denigration of women and those less fortunate than he, and his just plain not being likeable, were major factors in his well-deserved defeat.

Implying that President Obama was essentially buying the votes of college students and minorities and others, with alleged "gifts,"  in order to win, did much more damage to Romney than to the President.  It is clear that the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate will be repudiated even by his former colleagues, as nobody likes a mean-spirited crybaby loser.  May Romney return to his vaunted private sector experience, mostly fueled with inherited money now kept offshore, and having little to do with real business leadership.

Romney is well on his way to becoming a non-person in the Republican Party, as happened to their failed president George W. Bush, who played no role and was not even mentioned during this year's campaign.  Republicans are not a forgiving group, but in this instance, no forgiveness is warranted for Mitt Romney.  He got just what he deserved; may Republicans learn from their own bitter experience.
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Author's Biography Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of (more...)

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