In a postmortem of his campaign,
blamed his loss on
’s "gifts" to key voting groups, thereby demonstrating, one last time, how he does not understand the country he hoped to lead. Meanwhile,
's poor showing in his own hometown indicates how out of touch
is with the community he claimed to know so well.
Maybe that lack of perception is one reason why these two aspirants for the highest offices in the land fell short of their goal.
As many pundits have noted, Romney's characterization of government programs as gifts was an echo of his earlier disparaging remarks about the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes. On both occasions, he was speaking privately with a bunch of fat-cat contributors and reinforcing their demeaning stereotypes of less fortunate Americans. It seems that Romney cannot help but be himself when he is around rich people.
The so-called gifts Obama gave included partial forgiveness of student loans, a provision of
allowing young people to stay on their parents' healthcare plans to age 26, suspension of deportations for immigrant children who have grown up in the United States and healthcare for people who otherwise do not have it or cannot afford it.
What Romney calls gifts, others call lending a hand -- no different than helping people hit by a hurricane. They are programs aimed at providing opportunities for people struggling to get a start in life or rise up from chronic poverty. They are a means to end dependency and create more productive citizens. Other
apparently understand this. As
reporter Morgan Little described in a Sunday
, several prominent GOP leaders have taken hard shots at Romney’s elitism in recent days.
"I think it's nuts," Newt Gingrich said on