If Obama’s first term has taught us anything, it's that his strident critics—teabaggers and birthers—are neither agreeable nor sensible. They sometimes don't know what they believe in or even why, but boy do they put up a fuss. Oh boy, do they put up a fuss.
Now, having political convictions and concerns for the integrity of the democratic experiment is noble but not when you're always wrong. And not just wrong, but not even in the same galaxy of wrong.The complete and utter lack of elementary introspection and culpability is not just relegated to Republican operatives, but it goes all the way up to the never quite liked Republican candidate himself. The man born with a silver foot in his mouth may have lost the election (and badly), but that certainly hasn’t stopped the corporate mannequin from making a complete arse of himself.
Romney still hasn’t figured out his inability to connect with anyone not wealthy and white. Rather, he decided that instead of reaching the conclusion that his party is a dinosaur that’s unwilling and seemingly incapable of discarding the Southern Strategy electoral strategy and lack of broad appeal, he was going to play the ethnic “blame game.” So much for the party of personal responsibility, huh?
During a conference call with his wealthy campaign financiers (his daddy’s remaining friends) on Wednesday, Romney praised his own campaign, but speculated that Obama won because he was “very generous” to blacks, hispanics, women, and young voters (you know, most of America). He cited motivating factors to young voters such as the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest; the extension of health coverage for students on their parents’ insurance plans well into their 20s; free contraception coverage under Obama’s healthcare plan giving an extra incentive to college-aged women to back the president; and Obama’s support of the Dream Act. Yes, Romney appeared to continue the very slippery and unwinnable Republican strategy of alienating anyone not in its traditional voting bloc.
Romney’s running mate and free-market boy wonder, Paul Ryan, said something similar when he attributed Romney’s loss to Obama winning “urban areas,” which can only mean that women will have to inform their OBGYNs that their vagina is a “urban area” as Romney lost big with women voters as well due to his radical right-wing shift on reproductive rights. Romney may want to rethink some of those comments considering that he also lost states with very low minority populations, such as New Hampshire, Iowa, Maine, and Vermont.
Perhaps Romney is realizing that his party is, as Bill Maher said, "Like the Beach Boys; their fans are all dying." The party may need to be brought back to 1990s status when it was actually sane and tried to co-exist with Democrats.
However, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal ( LA) outright rejected Romney’s comments.
At the Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jindal called Romney's statement “absolutely wrong,” saying, “I absolutely reject that notion.”
Now it should be noted that Jindal was an early supporter of Governor Rick “Good Hair” Perry and was never really an instrumental surrogate for Romney, so his motivations could have a tinge of cynicism. But Jindal is also a rising star in the Republican Party and his mixed Indian heritage is definitely a bonus for a party that’s essentially a Kenny G concert with a Ted Nugent opener.
Assuming they wish to win anything other than gun club president, it would behoove Romney and the Republican Party to heed the advice of Jindal and do some soul-searching and reflect on their own foibles.
Michael Hayne is a comedian/VO artist/Columnist extraordinaire, who co-wrote an award-nominated comedy, wrote for NY Times Laugh Lines, guest-blogged for Joe Biden, and writes a column for MSNBC.com affiliated Cagle Media. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.