Let's Give Thanks Romney Couldn't Keep His Pie-Hole Shut

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A wonderful Thanksgiving behind me, having managed to enjoy generous hospitality in Wichita Falls while keeping my mouth shut about Obama. But now it's the morning after, and Monsieur Gilles de la Tourette beckons. I blame a thought-provoking piece on today's Dallas Morning News op-ed page by the Reverend Gerald Britt.

Britt takes apart the post-election secretly recorded Romney phone call in which Romney blamed his defeat on America being a nation of mooches. That was the part of yesterday's prayer that I said silently to myself: "Also, I am thankful for Governor Romney's secretly recorded phone calls."

Britt comes to the conclusion that women, young people, African-Americans and Hispanics voted against Romney and the Republican Party because, "they're just not that into you," echoing a thought that has been rattling around in my own head. It's just this. Isn't it great not having to hear all of that terribly negative bet-against-America bile that the Republican Party was peddling in the last weeks of the campaign? It was all about America as the last gasp of the Roman Empire, the crappiest nation on Earth where nobody in his right mind would want to live.

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One last bite, then were done with this turkey.
So yesterday while I was giving thanks, I did find myself thinking (wordlessly) about the Obama voters. Who were they and why? According to Pew Research, the big Obama pluralities were among women, African-Americans, Latinos and people ages 18 to 44.

Romney views those people as the mooches, the bribe-takers. But on a beautiful day in Wichita Falls when I am walking in a park enjoying the sun on my face and keeping my mouth shut, I can just as easily think of all of those voters as the people who hope, the ones who have something to gain as opposed to something to keep, the people who are on the make as opposed to on the take, the ones with reason to bet on the future instead of the past.

In fact it's not unreasonable to look at those vote tallies and see one big headline above them: HOPE VOTES. People don't vote if they think it's an exercise in futility. They do vote if they think they have a shot. So maybe what this outcome proved was the Republicans were dead wrong in all of that derision they heaped on hope during the campaign. Hope did not die. In fact hope just kicked their asses.

I'm reading Why Romney Lost, the insta-book by former George W. Bush speech-writer David Frum in which he suggests his fellow Republicans have been suffering from some deep-running self-delusion since 2008. He points out that the damage George W. did to the economy hurt Republicans at least as much as it did Democrats.

"How were they to make sense of this disaster?" he asks. "It was hard enough to endure an economic crisis without having to wonder whether you might have brought it upon yourself."

The whole Obama-hatred syndrome, Frum says, could be viewed as a kind of mass mental problem: "The mind has a solution for traumas too painful to think about, and that solution is displacement."

In other words, if you were a big Bush supporter, and if his Jesse James Wall Street policies cost you your nest-egg, blame it on Obama. Then at least it's not your own fault.
My own suspicion is that the mental deformities go back way farther than 2008. What did we think Ronald Reagan's "Southern strategy" was all about, anyway? He just liked people in the South better? Did that include black people in the South?

We know better. It was the original Republican dog whistle -- an appeal encouraging people to think of themselves as threatened whites. So now a third of a century later, it turns out threatened whites aren't numerous enough to win national elections. And sure, the GOP is talking about turning on a dime and changing the base to "threatened whites and however many Hispanic and black people we need to make back the margin."

I don't think so. Gerald Britt is right: After all this time and this many secretly recorded phone calls, those folks just aren't that into the GOP. Meanwhile the leadership may decide to turn on the dime for vote-getting purposes, but the masses of people who have been taught to think of themselves as threatened whites aren't going to be executing any tight turnarounds any time soon. Do we always reap what we sow? I think if you sow the same stuff for more than 30 years you do.

Anyway, on the day after a wonderful Thanksgiving, I'm just thankful not to have to hear from the bet-against-America crowd every day on my TV set. I trust they are enjoying a long and deep post-turkey nap. I hope it will be very long. Very very deep.



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skyemcdowell
skyemcdowell

Mr. Schutze - I love ya man.  Your columns give me hours of entertainment.  I love your articles, but what I love reading even more are the comments.  You certainly know how to stir things up.  I'm continually amazed by the ignorance and down right nastiness many commenters show.  It's like a train wreck...it's awful, but you can't stop looking at it.  By the way, I agree with you 100% on your opinion in this column. 

mcdallas
mcdallas

Can I add to the conversation here?  Please?

 

Our country would function better if Democrats would act like true Democrats and Republicans would act like true Republicans, rather than both acting like true numbskulls.  If this happened, our country would be one of balance, progression, and limited government intrusion.  Citizens would feel free to "flip-flop" (since when was that such a bad word?) and vote for people and leadership rather than voting out of fear.

 

Wouldn't that be nice?  I think it's possible.  Both parties need to revisit their core values.  We as citizens need to demand the best from our parties and our leadership.

 

Thanks.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I have very dear friends in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who became estranged over the election cycle.  I’ve got a few (Liberal) friends here in Dallas and I noticed a similarity.  Relief.

 

I also noticed another commonality:  They have the conviction, and no evidence could shake it, that those who voted for Romney were (conscious or unconscious) . . . misogynist, racist, homophobes.  Even me. (ha!)

 

We can remain friends but I must first stipulate to the malady before we could talk politics. 

 

So it worked.  It was a campaign of hate and division, damn the nearby erupting Mt. Vesuvius.

 

I pointed out that they would never tolerate such invective directed at them and that I had seen this before!  Such horrific name-calling is typically employed by those who cannot argue on the merits so they marginalize the person by rendering them two dimensional.  The argument is over before it gets underway.

 

During the Bush years, any objection to the neoconservative’s grip on the Republican Party was immediately met with the anti-Semitism charge.  “Why, you are just a joooooooo-hater.”  Dismissed.  Argument over.  And it worked.

 

So here we ride – the Left in control of their rank and file and the Neos’ unseen hand on the throat of the Republican leadership as we limply slide (like a dead body) over the next series of economic waterfalls.  It is not a cliff but an undulating slide to real misery.

 

Oh well.  It’s not like we don’t have an established pattern to follow.  History is littered with dead democracies and republics who met a common fate.

 

I like the one where the Spaniard, who was never allowed in Rome, became a general then got busted to a gladiator.

 

Kind of like our illegal aliens we tap to fill the jobs the idle refuse to do.

 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

In the end, voters just couldn't go for the felonious tax cheat who effectively killed a woman and destroyed thousands of jobs.

KoolAid
KoolAid

"The Wesleyan Media Project, funded by two liberal grantmakers (the Knight Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund), tracked ad spending by the two major presidential campaigns as well as independent groups favoring Obama or Romney. The Project found that from June 1 to October 21, about 59 percent of ads sponsored by the Obama campaign were negative – dedicated entirely to attack his opponent – while 14 percent were positive ads touting the president and 27 percent were contrast ads comparing the positions of the two candidates."

http://www.carolinajournal.com/daily_journal/display.html?id=9688

sophee
sophee

The Koch brothers and Herr Rove spent billions. They called the president everything but a black serial rapist. And they still couldn't dislodge him from the White House. Negative advertising has finally taken a back seat.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

WOW - These conversations sure do bring out the Kool-Aid drinkers on both sides of the fence.   Have either the Democrats or Republicans done anything about AMT or the ethanol mandate?    Has either party acknowledged that Social Security is only in trouble because they raided the fund to pay for their profligate spending?   Ha Ha Suckers - you've been co-opted into the game just like both sides want.

david_copperfield200
david_copperfield200

All you LIBERAL MORONS DO REALIZE that OBAMA is ALSO a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE, RIGHT...??  And getting RICHER.

david_copperfield200
david_copperfield200

Shutze, you're a PUTZ.  You and the Observer are TYPICAL of the ASSHOLE liberals.  Obama is a SOCIALIST INTENT on DESTROYING this once great Country.  And all the mocking and naysaying by you LIBS doesn't change that FACT.  DENY all you want.  The PROOF is in OBAMA'S ACTIONS and PAST.  Enjoy your "new America."

GaryMcDonnell
GaryMcDonnell

I'm thankful for Romney's mouth as well. But he and his party's approach to this election did scare the hell out of me.

 

I'm proud to say I voted for Obama. The problem for the GOP is that I was Romney's target demographic - a white, middle aged, middle class male. But I'm also someone who thinks about what's good for this country. I see a country that the Romneys of the world would separate into a small group of uber rich overlords and a huge underclass - and I find that vision repulsive. The Romney view of the world where greed is God is just not one I will ever agree with.

 

One of the most telling things about this election was that 88% of the folks who voted for Romney are white. In other words, only 12% of his voters were from other races. The GOP apologists would have us believe that's because they didn't communicate Romney's message to those groups effectively, but the reality is that if you spend $1 Billion that your message will reach pretty much everyone. And if they don't vote for you it's because they find your vision of the future to be unappealing.

 

I hope the politics of fear, as practiced by the Romney campaign, are the past and not the future for the GOP. But I doubt that's the case.

revjim1959
revjim1959

Let's start with I  am a 53 year old unemployed white man who is not receiving any kind of benefits from the government. I voted for Obama. The Republican Party doesn't get why I did not vote for their candidate. Since Reagan they have been following an economic policy that one of their own, George H.Bush, described so eloquently as "voodoo economics". (Just as an aside George H. was the last Republican I voted for for president. In my opinion the most qualified candidate in the modern era.) This nonsense that if we just let the richest few have a bit more money they will spend it to make my life better has been, I think, pretty much proven to be bullshit. The last thirty-two years have seen an erosion of the middle class, a rise in the intrusiveness of the federal government., and the transformation of the fat cats to truly obese cats. These rich bastards don't care, nor have a clue how the average person in this country lives. All their thinly veiled racism comments that try to make out that the folks that have been driven into poverty and now receive government assistance are somehow leading a wonderful life on everyone else's dime show how far removed they are from the reality of most peoples lives.

     I wish the Republican party could get back to being the party of small government, that kept the government out of my ass. At heart I really am a Republican, but they've moved so far away from the values that used to define the Republican party that I cannot in good conscience vote for them. Maybe if they pulled their heads out of the asses of the ultra-rich, and the ultra-conservatives, and the other extremists that make up their party anymore they could see why people are not swallowing their crap anymore. Looking at the comments that are already posted I see that they have their followers, many of whom still won't admit that the election results prove that they are in the minority, who think that name calling, bigotry a just plain yelling is going to change the minds of others. It didn't work for the election and if you think keeping it up for four more years is going to endear yourselves to anyone, you are never going to understand why Obama just got re-elected.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Call it his "Let 'em eat cake"-hole.

niacin
niacin

No one identifiable in this society is on the take despite unsustainable entitlement expenditures? And Republicans are the ones with mental deformities? Good one Jim. All we need now is more of your happy, shiney, walks in the park and we'll be doing great for the next four years.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @holmantx *ooooooOOOOOHHHHHHHOOOOOoooooo*

 

The END IS NEAR!

 

Still wearing that sandwich board?

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@holmantx -we tap legal aliens who Have had the normal Requirements waived in order to fill low-level jobs, but they compete with those who Have no requirements at all to meet. Taxpayers provide the great benefits. This is known as "sustainability".

mcdallas
mcdallas

 @albert.finney000 This kind of talk surely helps folks come together on common ground.  Thanks for your contribution. Onto the dunghill of politics as we know it.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

 @KoolAid  Here's the rest of the story "A full 86 percent of Obama’s television advertising and 79 percent of Romney’s has been negative, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political advertising. By comparison, Obama and John McCain had spent an average of 69 percent of their TV budgets on negative ads by this point in 2008, and George W. Bush and John Kerry had spent 58 percent in 2004."  Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83262.html#ixzz2DHENKDRw

 

 

DOCensors
DOCensors

 @sophee Yeah because Obama only spent his billion on adopting puppies and feeding starving children. 

mcdallas
mcdallas

 @Sotiredofitall It's ironic, isn't it, that so many are proudly saying such hateful comments in response to an article that questions why we say them in the first place?

 

SkipK
SkipK

 @david_copperfield200 what does that have to do with anything.  people weren't voting against Romney because he was rich.  they voted against him because he came across as hard right - even with the flip flopping that much was clear.  further, the republican party scares a lot of folks.  the president simply had a clearer and better vision, and won, handily.  get used to it.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@david_copperfield200Hey right wing ass hole - move to Costa Rica (socialized medicine there too) and take Rush Limpballs, John Sununu, Glen Beck and Karl Rove with you too (did not Rush say that if Obama won that he would leave?-good riddance to him and his ilk).  I have stopped trying to reason with the like of you-had a former classmate tell me "Mister Mean if you try to change my views with facts (and force me to pull my head out of my ass then we will not be friends".   To hell with that type of ignorant attitude.

And talking of millionaires just look at the member of congress (both democrats and republicans)-in fact look at all politicians feeding at the public trough.  You do not think that Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and McConnell are benefiting from the legislation that they pass?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @david_copperfield200 What freedoms have you lost over the past 4 years? You do realize that Obama has been in office since 2009, right? Plus learn to capitalize for emphasis BETTER.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

 @revjim1959 I have a lot of respect for your opinion because of your advancing age and the fact that you've seen a bunch of elections in your time on this earth.  To your point, I am hoping that the Bush/Rove era of the GOP is over with Romney's defeat.  It started with the select of George H.W. Bush as Reagan's veep and hopefully ends here.  Rubio, Ryan, Pence, etc will usher in a new age of Reagan in the party now that the Bush/Rove axis has fallen out of favor with donors.  In the end, the Bushes are east coast liberals.  Just look at where they choose to vacation.

plfarmer
plfarmer

 @niacin

 Please define unsustainable entitlement expenditures-just your top five, if you please.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk @holmantx The end's not near.

But it will be when the Utes realize what we loaded them up with.

Then it's ice-flow shove-off time for the old guy in the bath robe.

Daniel
Daniel

 @mcdallas  @albert.finney000 Agreeing that puppies are cute and kids say the darnedest thins is a boring way to avoid working for 5 minutes. Being called a fucktard sometimes gets the heart going at that exact moment the caffeine is starting to let you down.

Daniel
Daniel

 @j.walter.miller  @albert.finney000 "Free stuff" ... have I heard that phrase before somewhere? Hmm. Somewhere ... Guess not. You have a way with a phrase!

 

Anyway, you make a perspicuous political observation:  With four percent of our nation on welfare, those among them who voted almost certainly voted for Obama, except for some of the white folks, who receive the majority of welfare dollars. Still, though -- that's how Obama won.

 

Bravo, sir! Can we look forward to a regular column in The New Criterion? Or any media outlet that's not "in the tank" for Obama (I invented that phrase, but I'll let you use it)?

Daniel
Daniel

 @SkipK  @david_copperfield200 If Romney had run as a moderate Republican (which he was in Mass.; a liberal one, even, relatively), he probably would have won. But he had to swing (extremely) hard right to get through the primaries, and after that, he took every opportunity possible to demonstrate that he has no guiding principles beyond personal ambition and, frighteningly, no soul whatsoever, even by the dwarfish standards of politicians.

 

 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@holmantx @TheCredibleHulk C'mon holmantx, which is it? Are you conservatives self reliant, up by the bootstraps, independents or not? Don't tell me a dyed-in-the-wool American patriot like you is depending upon the gubmint to see you through your old age!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@j.walter.miller @Daniel @TheCredibleHulk @MisterMean @albert.finney000 You've got to be kidding. All the working poor DO is pay taxes. Just because they don't pay *income* tax doesn't mean they don't shoulder a significant part of the total taxes paid in this nation. Taxes on yachts are not dropping the debt too much, either.

Oh, and if your masters the *business owners* and corporations would loosen up the purse strings a bit, hire some more folks and pay them better, this problem would solve itself.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

@Daniel @j.walter.miller @TheCredibleHulk @MisterMean @albert.finney000 So?  The wealthy still pay a higher real amount.  Let's recap here:  the wealthy pay vastly more taxes of all kinds than about half the country.  Half the country pays some of the same taxes the rich do in much smaller real amounts and they don't pay Federal income tax.  760 billion dollars is equivalent to 60,0000 dollars per a family receiving welfare.  Amazing, isn't it?

Daniel
Daniel

 @j.walter.miller  @TheCredibleHulk  @MisterMean  @j.walter.miller  @albert.finney000 That's because their deductions exceed their liability. Anybody who works full-time (barring under-the-table work) has a federal income tax liability. Until recently, the Earned Income credit enjoyed broad bipartisan support.

 

And they pay much, much more in sales tax as a percentage of their income than the wealthy.

Daniel
Daniel

 @TheCredibleHulk  @MisterMean  @j.walter.miller  @albert.finney000  I wonder if any of that $746 billion comes from the Earned Income Tax Credit. Because tax breaks are only tantamount to deficit spending when they go to the working poor, don'tcha know. When they go to the rich, it stimulates God's phallu---uh, the economy. 

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

 @Daniel  @j.walter.miller  @albert.finney000  You are really going to argue that 1 trillion dollars worth of welfare is going to only 4% of our population?  You need to check those numbers.  

 

There are currently at least 83 federal programs that are “explicitly intended for people with low or limited income,” not including veterans’ programs. They fall into the categories of Health, Cash Aid, Food Assistance, Education, Housing & Development, Social Services, Employment & Training, and Energy Assistance. Spending on federal welfare programs has exploded in recent years, increasing by 33% since 2008. In FY 2011, the federal government spent $746 billion on these programs–about one-fifth of all federal spending–while the states chipped in another $283 billion. 

 

Let me put it to you simply: For every person added to the job rolls since 2009 there are 75 people added to food stamp programs.  Another way of saying it is that food stamp recipient growth has outpaced by growth by a factor of 75 times.

j.walter.miller
j.walter.miller

 @plfarmer  @niacin  Social Security is failing because there far more people taking payments in retirement than people employed paying into the system.  That's the reality today.  Nothing that happened in the past is going to change where we are today with that program.  The retirement age needs to be slowly moved upwards and the benefits need to be means tested for income.  

plfarmer
plfarmer

 @j.walter.miller  @niacin

 This will be my last responce to you, because you will not take the two seconds it takes to find out the truth.

SS works, and in fact has a surplus. The main reason the R's want SS to fail is that they borrowed a trillion dollars from SS, and do not want to pay it back. Look it up, easy to find.

Why do you keep believing the lie, what do you gain?

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