Romneys Blame Loss On Everything But The Obvious – He Was A Horrible Candidate

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Mitt and Ann Romney emerged this week to give their first interview since Romney lost the 2012 presidential race by a landslide to President Barack Obama. Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, both Mitt and Ann Romney were candid about how they were dealing with the loss.

In public appearances after the election, Romney was photographed appearing unkempt and disheveled even though his son, Tagg Romney, declared that his father “wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life.” In sharp contrast to Tagg’s words, Romney now states that he reallyyyyyy wishes he were president.

“I’ll look at what’s happening right now, I wish I were there,” Mitt Romney said. “It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done,” he said. (Politico)

What did he do wrong, he was asked? Well, the whole 47% thing was a bit of a killer, he admitted. He also realizes now that he underestimated the appeal of Obamacare to low-income voters. You think, Mitt? Is it finally dawning on you that the whole idea of simply going to the emergency room when sick may have alarmed some of us?

He seems to understand that alienating Hispanic and African-American voters didn’t exactly help him.

“The weakness that our campaign had and that I had is we weren’t effective in taking my message primarily to minority voters, to Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, other minorities,” Romney said. “That was a real weakness.” (Washington Post)

But…well…his position on immigration reform hasn’t changed.

“People who have come here illegally should not be given a special pathway to permanent residency or citizenship in this country merely because they’ve come here illegally,” he said. (Washington Post)

Oh-kay…well, at least he’s not dishing up another Romney flip-flop. And we certainly know now that if he had been elected, our undocumented immigrants would be left to self-deport, which was his immigration reform idea during the campaign.


Well, but wait. We do have one little inconsistency. When asked about other GOP politicians and their evolving views on immigration reform, he said “I hope that happens,” Romney said. “I believe that will happen.” (???)

Romney shared his thoughts about election night. He says that his heart told him that he would win, but that he began to have a “slow recognition” when he saw Florida go to President Obama, and it was over when the president won Ohio. (Yahoo News)

Ever-loyal Ann doesn’t think her hubster did anything wrong. She feels that the media and the Obama campaign painted her husband in a negative light. Oh, you mean the president CAMPAIGNED effectively, Ann? Why do these people think they deserve to be treated delicately in an election? There’s no need to even address the cut-throat and brutal character assassinations that Camp Romney used against the GOP primary contenders and the president. WTHeck, Ann? This wasn’t a rock/paper/scissors match.

As we reported earlier this week, Ann feels like she’s “nobody” now.

“You know, it’s interesting; in our church, we’re used to serving and you know, you can be in a very high position, but you recognize you’re serving. And now all of a sudden, you’re released and you’re nobody,” she said. “And we’re used to that. It’s like we came and stepped forward to serve. And you know, the other part of it was an amazing thing, and it was really quite a lot of energy and a lot of passion and a lot of — a lot of people around us and all of a sudden, it was nothing.”

And of course, they predictably feel that Romney would be more effective as president than President Obama is.

“The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together; the president leads. And – and I don’t see that kind of – of leadership happening right now,” Romney said. (Politico)

Does the deals…knocks the heads together…does the trades…

Wow. I suppose we can definitely ascertain that a Romney presidency would have looked much like a Bain Capital takeover. In trying to visualize our eloquent and cerebral president knocking heads together…I’ve got nothing.

Romney accused the president of campaigning instead of leading during the sequester crisis.

“Well, no one can think that that’s been a success for the president,” Romney said. “He didn’t think the sequester would happen. It is happening. To date, what we’ve seen is a — the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country and berating Republicans and blaming and pointing. Now, what does that do? That causes the Republicans to — to retrench and to put up a wall and to fight back. It’s a very natural human emotion.” (Politico)

Ummm…campaigning for what? Being elected for a second term as POTUS is the end of the political road for most presidents. The only campaigning Barack Obama will ever be doing again is for other Democratic candidates. But whatever you say, Mittens.

Ann firmly believes that her beloved would have had it all sorted out if HE were president.

“I totally believe at this moment, if Mitt were there in the office, that we would not be facing sequestration right now,” she said. (Politico)

Well, duh. His agenda would have been exactly the same as the GOP controlled House of Representative agenda: who cares about the vulnerable in our society? Like Romney, they are “not concerned about the very poor.” This is a no-brainer.

Ann Romney denies rumors that she was approached by the GOP about a Senate run for Secretary of State John Kerry’s vacant seat. Kerry’s seat is being held temporarily by William “Mo” Cowan, former chief of staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

“No, they didn’t approach me,” Romney said. “I think there was a thought, ‘Oh, wouldn’t that be fun for Ann to do that.’ I’m like, ‘did anyone want to consider how fun it would be for me to do that?'” (The Hill)

Oh my yes, it would have been fun. She has no idea how much epic material that would have given those of us who enjoy watching and writing about the political circus.

Romney’s immediate future is looking bright. He will be joining delivering a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March. Other high-profile GOP losers – including Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum– will also be in attendance at the event.

And hey, there are so many options out there for failed GOP rising stars who are washed up career-wise. The Romneys don’t have to worry about money, of course, but if they crave the limelight, opportunities abound. Ann, 64, says that she was approached by “Dancing with the Stars,” but declined the offer. “I’m not really as flexible as I should be.” (Yahoo News)

Yes, we know, Ann. But rock on!

See this video clip of their interview:


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