Mitt Romney is on his way to pariah status in the Republican Party

Ben Smith: “There appears to be no Romney Republicanism to propagate. No Romney strategy to emulate. No Romney technology to ape. No generation shaped by his failed effort. And no Romney infrastructure to inherit, though he may still be asked to write and bundle quite a few checks… Romney is being erased with record speed from his party’s books for three reasons. First, many Republicans backed him because they thought he had a good chance of winning; that appeal, obviously, is gone. Second, Romney had shallow roots, and few friends, in the national Republican Party. And those shallow roots have allowed Republicans to give him a new role: As a sort of bad partisan bank, freighted with all the generational positions and postures that they are looking to dump.”

TPM: “If Mitt Romney has any friends left in the Republican Party, they’re in hiding. [...] Romney was never beloved by the GOP establishment. But the Sunday show pile-on indicates that any good will he had among the party faithful is rapidly vanishing, and that he’s well on his way to pariah status with the party that so recently anointed him to lead them and the country.”

Here are a few of the comments made on Sunday about Romney’s remarks that Obama won because he bought off young people and minorities with “gifts.”

Newt Gingrich: “It’s nuts. I mean, first of all, it’s insulting. …
Bobby Jindal: “I absolutely reject what he said.”
Lindsey Graham: “We’re in a big hole, we’re not getting out of it by comments like that. When you’re in a hole, stop digging. He keeps digging.”
Carlos Gutierrez: “I don’t know if he understood that he was saying something that was insulting.”
George Will: “It’s been well said that you have a political problem when the voters don’t like you, but you’ve got a real problem when the voters think you don’t like them. Quit despising the American people.”

They all act like they’re surprised, like Romney said something completely crazy. What he said about gifts is the Southern Strategy, has been for decades. They’re just angry that Mitt said it out loud. And, of course, they’re now worried that a majority of voters aren’t buying what they’re selling anymore.

Or as Hayes Brown at Think Progress says, “It’s unfortunate that this many Republican politicians seem to have discovered the divisiveness of their party’s policies towards minorities and the working class only after a massive loss to President Obama.”

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2 thoughts on “Mitt Romney is on his way to pariah status in the Republican Party

  1. What’s funny with their reactions is that they would have said the same kind of things if they were candidates. Especially Newt Gingrich the man who wanted to impeach Bill Clinton for adultery while doing it himself.

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