GOP self-comfort strategies: Romney lost the election but won the moral victory

Stuart Stevens, the “chief strategist” for the Romney presidential campaign, puts things into a little perspective in an op-ed penned yesterday, in which he argues that by winning wealthier and whiter voters, Romney secured the moral victory over Obama: 

“On Nov. 6, Mitt Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income,” Stevens wrote. “That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters. While John McCain lost white voters under 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift.”

Stuart goes on to say,

“There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities. Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to victory. But he was a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical. How easy is that to replicate?”

As a commenter responds: “‘… a media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical.’ He’s right. Aside from Benghazi, his birthplace, his religion, socialism, naziism, communism, dog-eating, hatred of America, Libya, Affirmative, Action, school transcripts, the war on Christianity, gays, Iraq, abortion, welfare, foodstamps, Bin Laden, Afghanistan, drones, the economy, Bo, Hillary, Wall Street, drought, taxes, partisanship, disaster response, and that damn Michelle trying to force us to eat broccoli, I recall very little criticism coming from the media.”

Stuart’s brave finish: Romney lost the election but he won!

“Yes, the Republican Party has problems, but as we go forward, let’s remember that any party that captures the majority of the middle class must be doing something right. …And Republican ideals — Mitt Romney — carried the day. On Nov. 6, that wasn’t enough to win. But it was enough to make us proud and to build on for the future.”

Rich, conservative white men are collectively shaking their heads at the reality that today, in 2012, the votes of the poors and the blahs count exactly the same as theirs. Obvious solution? Build more conservative white men, build the future!

Via TPM || Washington Post

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