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Of Course Romney is Right About “Gifts”

by Keith Koffler on November 17, 2012, 11:56 am

I checked this morning to see what planet I’m on.

I looked outside, poked around a bit. It seemed enough like planet earth.



Martian ingrates is what they are. All of them: Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie – Big Mr. Truth Teller – and the rest of the lot who have criticized Gov. Mitt Romney for telling his donors that Obama gave politically beneficial “gifts” to various constituencies.

Because only on Mars is what Romney said untrue. Instead of governing, Obama in fact spent the last year parceling out nicely wrapped little gifts to various constituencies.

This is the same lot of Republicans who, had Romney won, would have been basking in his glow and obsequiously pawing at him for a favorable glance – not to mention, when they eventually run for president, his endorsement.

Romney deserves better than to have his political corpse stuffed in the trunk of a Buick and dumped in a New Jersey landfill by his own former group of henchmen.

“I don’t think we advance this discussion or debate by insulting folks,” said Jindal.

So it’s an insult to say people vote their interests? Please, Bobby, spare me your outrage.

Location of Bobby Jindal found on Mars

Let’s be clear, these Republicans are posturing, trying to use Romney’s statement to begin photoshopping a new Republican Party that includes people of all backgrounds – and genders. That’s a good idea, but they don’t need to kick Romney or pretend what’s true is false to do it.

And they are hoping to dissociate themselves from a loser.

I disagreed with him at times and questioned his strategy, but Romney is an honorable man who, in addition to the personal ambition every politician harbors, ran for president because he is genuinely concerned with the future of the country.

The only thing I might quibble with is Romney’s assertion that the bestowal of gifts is why Obama won. He of course already had these groups in his pocket. The gifts surely increased his share of their votes, but whether it made the difference in the election we can never really know.

But it might have.

Here are some of the gifts Obama came bearing in 2012:

A gift to gays: Obama’s position on same-sex marriage finally, in an election year, finished “evolving” to the point where he could accept it. Apparently the timing of Obama’s conversations with God on this issue couldn’t have worked out better.

A gift to Hispanics: In a probable violation of the Constitution, Obama stopped enforcing the law of the land, decreeing he would no longer deport illegal immigrants under 30 who came to the United States as children. In doing so, he basically implemented a portion of the Dream Act – creating by fiat legislation Congress refused to pass.

A gift to young voters: Obama bashed Congress into keeping student loan rates at 3.4 percent.

A gift to women: He resisted all efforts to change the Obamacare mandate that the ladies get free contraception.

And yes, Obamacare and its guarantee of health insurance is a gift to minority voters, whose incomes lag those of whites. Obama certainly believes Obamacare is the right thing to do, but he knows the political benefit as well, and to deny Romney’s contention that Obamacare helped the president with African Americans and Hispanics – as it does with other groups, like young voters who get to hang out on their parents’ health plans – is to deny reality.

The Obama people are having a good laugh over all this. They know what they did. They know Romney’s right. And they know, believe me they know, cynicism when they see it.

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Brenda A. November 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Romney is a loser because he didn’t appeal to an electorate that votes with their lady parts?

I don’t think so.

Rather than analyze what Romney did ‘wrong’; I think the GOP would be wise to look at voters. And not look at them to figure out how you can pander to them but how to educate them that being reasonable and responsible are good things. Good for the individual and good for the community.

BARKLEY PONTREE November 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Brenda, you have kind of hit on the basic question of living. Be what others want or be who you want. Do you Drucker things and take surveys and make up graphs and charts showing what people want and then become that person or do you have foundational beliefs that you hold and won’t change whether popular or not?

One could argue for the Drucker method if you have a business and want to increase sales. Where it is wrong, in my opinion, is when you do the same for churches, ala Rick Warren Church Growth, which is Drucker brought to the pulpit. So where do you want your leaders?

Romney lost for several reasons. Yes, sitting presidents can provide freebies for voting blocks to make sure they get the vote. But Romney also ran a bad campaign. Romney let Obama off the ropes in the third debate instead of finishing him off. Romney played not to lose and when you are a challenger you play to win or you lose and he lost. I’d say he lost fair and square, but some of these voting numbers are showing some serious voter fraud in the election.

In some respects, democrats play to win, regardless of what laws and rules they break, the ends justify the means. Republicans, since Nixon, seem to try to play by the rules and can’t figure out why they get beat.

PamelaOfThePoconos November 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Boy did this ever need 2B said. Thanks.

Death Ray November 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

And the things Romney was promising to his base, massive tax cuts for the job creators wait-and-seers, an engorging of the Pentagon budget to satisfy the defense industry war socialists… what were those? Party favors?

PamelaOfThePoconos November 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

Obama always capitalizes upon naivite of youth. Not an admirable trait. Highly effective though. Michelle lines the school kids up for BO. BO appeals to college age weaknesses. This time he had to scramble to get younger base. Those with him in 2008 are just out of college and seeing things differently now. IOW BO does not have staying power; has to create a new audience each time. Lucky for him he now is where he always wanted to be. For whatever it is that he wants to do next.

Radegunda November 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Only in loony-lefty-land does a “tax cut” equal a “gift” from the government. Guess what, bozo — the money doesn’t belong to the government. It belongs to those who put in the effort to produce the wealth.

“Engorging” the Pentagon budget? Military spending is at a historic low level relative to GDP. But to the loony left, it’s always too much, even though national defense is the first responsibility of the federal government.

Providing women with “free” contraceptives is not a government responsibility. But Dems gave a big national platform to someone who demanded that the taxpayers provide her with contraception.

Then there was “The Life of Julia,” the premise of which was that Obama will provide women with various benefits– at the expense of other people.

The Democrats are very proud that their party stands for giving things to people. Why should Republicans be so shy about pointing out the obvious?

elmer the fudd November 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Piyush looks in the mirror every morning and hums Ruffles and Flourishes – then breaks into Hail to the Chief – ain’t gonna happen!! And, yes I am a Louisiana conservative Republican!!

PamelaOfThePoconos November 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

With TEA Party power beat back this general election, Repubs can be one with Dems & tee vee for awhile as the political class is currently much relieved. Feeling good.

Julie Brueckheimer November 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

Same goes for Lardy in New Jersey.

srdem65 November 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Of course MrRomney was right about the gifts that MrO parceled out to different groups, but the message was that MrRomney would take away those gifts if he was elected and force everyone to do without the good stuff, from contraceptives/abortion to Obamaphones.

Millions of people believed that MrRomney would stop the food stamp program,or make slackers and losers to at least look for a job to get their benefits, and worst of all, put Black people back into the chains of JimCrow laws. Women would be “barefoot and pregnant” again.

MrObama slammed MrRomney with his “old” ideas and the voters got the message.

RickW November 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

and our remaining Republican leader base is frantically trying to discredit Romney, thereby planting the seed of the idea “We’ll give you stuff too!” in future elections. Maybe by 2020 or so, voters will just have columns of items to vote on like a Chinese take out menu. “I like the phones the Dems have……but the Repubs’ iPads look good…..but nothing beats the Liberal party! They’ve got DEBITS CARDS!…..Hey whats this? Those chump Conservatives….their column just has some guys’ names….Screw that!”

sportinlife10 November 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

…of course there IS that old saw about the Chinese menu: 600 items on the menu, 5 pots in the kitchen….

RickW November 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

LMAO sportin, are you implying voters might be…..misled? LMAO!!!!!

veritaseequitas November 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Don’t forget the Obamaphones.
Apparently we have to have a total financial meltdown ala Greece, before people finally wake up and smell the rotten fish smell coming out of the Obama administration.
As for the GOP – for me, Christie sealed his fate while slobbering all over King Barack during Sandy, the rest are like rats deserting a sinking ship. Abandoning conservative principles for the mediocrity of the left and blaming Romney who was our only CHOICE against King Barack – nothing but a bunch of two timing, back stabbing, self-serving, climbers.
At least we know they are well equipped for their professions.

sportinlife10 November 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm


Shofar November 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

veritas –

And the person getting the richest off the “Obamaphones”? Carlos Slim, the Mexican t-com multibillionaire, and that is from the Huff and Puff (

How ironic, more American money going off shore (or across the river and through the woods), yet the Nazi police pushed the Twinkie off the menu in schools and the rest of the country, and 18,500 AMERICAN jobs are gone.

sportinlife10 November 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

Isn’t that the same Carlos Slim who will soon be the largest stockholder in the NYT Company, if he isn’t already?
It is such a comfort to know that at least it isn’t Soros who’s raking in the phone $$: DIVERSITY!

Susan November 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Well said, Keith. If these people who are kicking Romney while he is down are the face of the New Republican Party, they can count me out. The drones who voted for the handout rather than the hand up deserve to be called out. Besides, nothing Romney could say will divide US more than the left’s messiah has done already.

JustSaying12 November 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Good. You been the problem for the past 30 years as you hold every Republican to being Ronald Reagan even though he wasn’t half the conservative you imagine him to be.

And Keith that is the most ridiculous post I ever read. So suddenly Jindal, Rubio and Jeb Bush are not conserative for you because they found Mitts comments to embarrassing because they were! Its just excuse making, blaming others for your failures. That’s what cowards do and right now, the hardcore right sounds like a bunch of cowards.

But it’s kinda ironic though, Mitts comments are actually helping the GOP because its pushing true leaders like Jindal, Rubio, Christie, Ayotte, and even Jeb to the forthright to finally muzzle the far right which has been destroying the GOP for 30 years now.

JustSaying12 November 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

And once again Susan who the hell died and appointed you the namer of who is a true Republican and who isn’t? Both my grandfathers were Republicans in Chicago of all places and they are turning over in their graves over how hard right “Republicans ” are acting with absolute hatred, vile rherotic and uncompromising ways even when a deal can highly favor them by getting a lot for a little.

I for one applaud Bobby Jindal and the new generations of Republicans who are going to be more pragmatic, tolerate and inclusive compared to the party lead by Rush Limbaugh!!!!!!!!!!¡

JustSaying12 November 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Oh and Alan West is still losing!!!!

veritaseequitas November 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

JustSaying12 – are you finished vomiting?
If we aren’t Conservative, we are mediocre Liberals. What in heaven’s name is the point of that?
Now that Mitt has lost, these GOP’ers are throwing him under the bus. That is a crap a$$ed thing to do and causes a lot of mistrust.
What we need to do is get aboard the Conservative train, make no apologies for it, don’t give an inch, and come out swinging next time. We need to play down and dirty, just like the liberals.
When was the last time you saw a liberal give up their values and ride the fence? I’ll answer for you…NEVER.
And BTW, Christie ain’t no Conservative.

Susan November 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Love your game plan, veritaseequitas!

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Vince Lombardi

JustSaying12 November 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Then prepare to lose many more elections and have a 1-party system because you cannot even give an itch.

Susan November 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Why are you stalking me, RINO? I am stating my opinion on Keith’s blog and I will continue to do so as long as he allows me. If you want to stand with a party that is willing to sell out their values and principles to pander and buy votes, that is your privilege. Once the lines between the two parties becomes invisible, so will the RINOs. You’ll never out Democrat the Democrats when it comes to buying votes.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” ~ Sam Adams

rulierose November 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

and anyway Susan, you didn’t try to say who was a ‘true Republican’ or not, you simply stated that it that was what being a Republican meant, maybe you didn’t want to be one anymore.

and I understand completely what you mean!

maybe it IS time for a real third party…

JustSaying12 November 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

The RINO is you Susan because Republicans are supposed to be a big tent party that is supposed to be coalition of center/right politics. Not hardcore right which has become thanks to people like you.

Julie Brueckheimer November 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

Brava, Susan.

Quintis Arrius November 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Tanstaafl—somewhere in heaven Robert A. Heinlein is laffin his a$$ off.

sportinlife10 November 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I can’t do the link, but James O’Keefe at Project Veritas is worth reading, re the Chicago way to winning an election. For instance, in approx. 70 precincts in Philadelphia alone, obama won 100% of the vote.

PamelaOfThePoconos November 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Related to Philadelphia vote but O/T re Keith’s post. 1) Philadelphia churches cancelled regular services to organize Black registration and GOTV activities. e.g. Members of historic Phila. church make push to register voters…/20121001_Members_of_historic_Phila__church...
Oct 1, 2012 – Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, at Sixth and Lombard Streets, canceled its 11 a.m. service, and members fanned out to eight congregations, … AND 2) Philly mayor led rally against Mitt Romney when Mitt visited a Philly charter school. For link search “Mayor Nutter Mocks Mitt Romney for coming to ” . So sad that truth is denied, hidden.

WMP November 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Keith – you say what I have been thinking all along and ironically I came up with the same “gifts” you mention. You are right – we don’t know if a different campaign would have made a difference, but my gut tells me it wouldn’t. After hearing some comments this week from like minded thinkers who had young family members vote for Obama and why – Mr. Romney was right on. You are also right – had he won these same people would be signing his praises. In my opinion Keith isn’t saying they aren’t conservative enough – he is simply saying they are posturing for the next Presidential election which is what I said this week. Voters don’t want the truth – they don’t want difficult choices – they just want the status quo and whoever gives it to them gets their vote – at least those votes that likely made the difference in this election and they certainly don’t want serious dialogue about our current state of affairs. You simply can’t do it in a 30 second sound bite.

Certainly there were mistakes made and having been reading Keith’s column long enough – I don’t think he is saying or ever said that Romney was conservative enough for his liking – but Keith is honest in this article. I like Bobbie Jindal but Mr. Romney is not insulting folks he is simply telling the truth. Look around you – listen to people – watch their actions – you know Keith is right and so was Gov. Romney. If you think that makes him a sore loser – so be it. He did run for the right reasons – I’m glad he took the road he did – I sincerely wish it had turned out differently, but it didn’t. I almost certain in 4 years nothing much will have changed.

barkley pontree November 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

lamecherry had what I think is a good idea. every republican/conservative/patriot should walk down to their local offices and sign up for every government handout they qualify for immediately and bankrupt the country within the next four years so there will still be a chance to save it.

I haven’t worked in 4 years, I’m taking care of my dad as he dies from alzheimer’s, and haven’t tried to take a nickel from the government. I see him getting screwed each year on cost of lving increases, I see him getting hosed on medicare and the supplement insurances, and I’m really debating why I don’t go in and get whatever freebie the stupid government has. Is it pride? Is it stupidity? Is there a difference?

Sadie November 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm

barkley – You have my prayers. I took an early retirement to take care of my mother who passed away from Alz. – didn’t take a dime from the gov’t and had to take an early retirement to do it. Make whatever decisions you think best serves you and your dad – either he has paid for them or you have one way or another.

barkley pontree November 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm


Thank you. How did you deal with the sleepwalking? It’s driving me mad. He gets up over a dozen times a night. We’ve tried 3 different sleeping type pills and nothing keeps him in bed.

calhoun211 November 18, 2012 at 6:41 am

Try ropes.

Aileen November 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

Was that supposed to be a humorous comment? It was not.

barkley pontree November 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

well, it may have been meant to be funny, but if he were in a nursing home, that is exactly how they handle the problem. They tie them down in the bed, drug them up, and clean the mess in the morning.

AFVET November 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

Good luck barkley.
My father died from Alz.
He would get up in the middle of the night and disassemble the gas furnace because it was making noise.
Nothing wrong with the furnace.
At times, he didn’t know my mother, or me.

Star November 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

My thoughts are with you–our mom died 3 mos ago with a full range of memory problems. The one “free” thing they will offer is hospice–the end game.

AFVET November 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

That was the hardest thing I ever went through, and you know what I mean.

BARKLEY PONTREE November 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

well, I got caught with finding out “hospice is swedish for euthanasia” with my mom in 2008, so I’m on to that budget saving trick. I chuckle every time I hear some politician coming out against euthanasia being legal in this country; that train already left the station long ago, they just give it a different name.

Sorry for your loss.

barkley pontree November 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

well, at least he hasn’t done that! Everything else, I can deal with, but the sleepwalking keeps me from sleeping and that is not good to my health and attitude. He never remembers any of it.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Anonna November 19, 2012 at 7:56 am

There are beds that have soft net shells up the sides and over the top. The person is zipped inside. Hospitals for brain-damaged people use them — there is one in Philadelphia, I forget the name. These beds give the patients a sense of security and help prevent wandering at night and the net also helps keep them in bed.

barkley pontree November 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

thanks for that idea. I was thinking of stringing bells around his neck or attaching a large workout kettlebell to his ankle; then I realized he would probably try to flush the kettlebell down the toilet…

Guillermo Grande November 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

First billion dollar election? That estimate is a wee bit low. It going to cost a whole lot more than that.

Sadie November 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Actually, it was a $6 billion dollar election – $3 billion on each side of the aisle covering all local and state elections.

…and not one Col. Steve Austin among them.

Langley Spook November 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Being a “Republican” I have no clue WTF is going on anymore…

No wonder that G%D DAMN Socialist Barack Hussein Obama is the “President”… I will miss the USA (1776-2012 AD)


barkley pontree November 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

good ol’ USA ended in 1988 when the RINOs took over the republican party for good. One might also argue 1972 when the communists took over the democratic party. Maybe it was a double tap death blow.

vettgrl November 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

First Christie and Obama’s love fest is plastered everywhere the last 5 days before the election, then he craps all over Romney’s comments about losing.
I’ve wondered about Christie’s motives since his ME ME ME speech at the convention.

Langley Spook November 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm

(good point)

Anonna November 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I know of a man who developed cancer this past year and had poor insurance and he said, “I have to vote for Obama because I have to get that Obamacare.” A constituent who votes his interest — as you say, Keith, big surprise.

Divide them into little groups, get them to drop any identification with “American” and cleave unto the fantasy of an Af-Am “community,” a leather “community,” etc., and then offer them specialized gifts. You win.

Langley Spook November 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Isnt that how/is “Socialism” works? Everyone has an ‘identification’…?

(I need to go re-read “Animal Farm” & “1984″ now that Obama is still in charge…)

barkley pontree November 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

You know what I see when I look at Jindal, Rubio, and Christie? Guys who shave their body hair.

I don’t know what it all means, but I’m really starting to see a difference in men who shave their body hair and men who don’t. And I really wonder about the guys that do. I cannot see voting for any of the three of these guys for president.

something strange in America with men shaving their body hair. started with soccer, I’m sure.

gobnait November 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

For the last three weeks, I have been volunteering in a storm relief center in a state affected by Sandy. Victims could get some emergency supplies to get them through the first tough days. I couldn’t believe the number of people who tried to scam us, whose car trunks were already full of supplies from other centers and who came back day after day to stock up like our center was a supermarket. We heard stories of people pushing cartloads of new clothing and bedding into stores like Walmart and Kohl’s to ‘return’ them without a receipt. People complained that all their expenses weren’t being covered by insurance and FEMA so who was going to cover the rest of their expenses? Many people did look shellshocked and were grateful for the help but there were a significant number trying to game the system. I have become so disillusioned by the sense of entitlement and utter lack of a conscience in so many people that I’ve had it.

Sadie November 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Sad commentary. This is the end result of putting everyone into a box to be checked – even the thieves, vultures and con-artists.

Connie November 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

True story: Friends husband was sent to the north east to do insurance claims on autos. He is an adjuster. No problems in PA or NJ but once he entered Queens NY it was like Wild Kingdom. The shops where autos are impounded require appointments in order to work on a claim. Traffc jams make arriving on time impossible. At one shop he pointed through the chain link fence saying “the car is right there, it will just take me 10-15 minutes to examine it.” The shop owner said no, he missed the appointment and would have to try the next day, then he pulled out a gun and told him to leave. The shop owner wants to keep raking in the impound fees and was making it impossible for him to do the claim.

Quintis Arrius November 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Once again, there are some really insightful observers on this blog. I am surprized the Reps are opening up about how Romney shoulda, coulda, woulda. Not useful.
Romney ran a campaign for the leadership of country. Obama ran a visceral campaign to call on others of his ilk to ‘get what’s coming to them, what they are due, the country owed them sumthin.’
As we all see this weekend the bills are coming in. The Hostess Factory workers couldn’t live with 5% less, so now they can try living with 100% less.
Elections have consequences.

barkley pontree November 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I was thinking about that yesterday. If you were an employee at Hostess and just lost your job because of the union, can you sue the union? What if you were not a union member? They just shut down your livelihood, can such an employee(s) turn around and sue the union for shutting down the business? Everyone was warned, management gave them notice. So can they be held responsible for their actions?

The trouble with being a bluffer is you always assume the other person is just bluffing too.

Julie Brueckheimer November 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I agree. In fact it angers me a bit. I read today that a Democratic pollster or operative, Bob Bechtel, predicted that Romney needed to win 73% of the white vote in order to win the election. He won 72%. Romney lost the popular vote by about 3,000,000 which is about 1% of the population. Enough Republicans stayed at home which cost Romney the election, and now they are all savaging Romney when it was they in fact who lost the election.

Star November 18, 2012 at 11:17 am


AFVET November 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

Romney did not lose !
The election was stolen.
See my link to prove it further down on this thread.

Connie November 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Well said!!

Julie Brueckheimer November 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

The gift to the gays is a hollow one which won Obama their votes but did not, and cannot, bring marriage to all the gays in the United States. Marriage parameters are constitutionally set by the states.

Julie Brueckheimer November 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Don’t want to skip telling you, Keith, that you are spot on. All these ‘gifts’ will be paid for by the taxpayers too.

AnotherOpinion November 18, 2012 at 2:41 am

Being an Independent, the advantage lies in researching the facts and not following the emotion. Obama clearly bought the election and Romney , as an American citizen, is free to say whatever he wishes without fear of censure or betrayal. Romney defended Rubio when Obama appropriated Rubio’s immigration reform. Romney stood by both Christie and Jindal when the media took aim at them. His integrity, honor, and loyalty have been apparent for anyone who paid attention. Just because people do not like what one says, it does not make it any the less true.
Obama and his supporters are some of the nastiest, rudest, most ill mannered people on earth. Name calling, threats, insults, lies are second nature to them.
What Jindal, Christie, and Rubio and others who have turned coats have done is diminished themselves.

gobnait November 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

The strength of Romney’s character and his quiet dignity are as obvious to me as is Obama’s utter lack thereof. Can’t understand why everyone couldn’t see that.

AFVET November 18, 2012 at 11:20 am

Stop beating yourselves up on why Romney lost the election, he didn’t lose the election, Obama stole the election.
The voter fraud was rampant across the country.
Recounts requests have been rejected.
See this.

This is a compilation of many links that have reported voter fraud and the tactics that the Obama administration used to steal the vote.

Check this out and then tell me that Romney lost, he didn’t.

calhoun211 November 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

Leave the middle of the road republicans and join the conservatives. At least you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

gracepmc November 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

And this am on foxnewsssunday on the panel discussion on the fiscal cliff negotiations the focus was entirely on revenue. No acknowledgement of the need to cut spending. . Kristol the new Chris Christie. Bob Woodward over rated. If he had taken watergate as lightly as he is taking the need to investigate benghazi he would not have the gravitas the millions he has now have brought him. Talking heads.

Star November 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

After so many yrs of these panels, sometimes I am sick of their same old, too. Even Krauthammer, whom I respected a lot more before he started pecking at Romney every day. And Juan–we know what you will say, Juan…sigh.

Robert G. November 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Great article with a message that needs to be heard by our supposed Republican leaders like Jindal, Rubio, etc. If you combine this bribing of the electorate with a press corps that has become a strong arm of the Democrat party, you cannot win. Romney was one of our most honorable candidates ever and the press helped the Obama campaign to demonize him. If Mitt Romney can be demonized so easily, anyone can. As long as the press continues to fight for the left, our only chance is to tirelessly expose the corruption in the fourth estate and that includes protesting at the MSM’s main power bases and boycotting their sponsors.

WMP November 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Responding to Robert G. and Another Opinion – I appreciate your comments. I agree Romney was one of our most honorable candidates ever and simply put the Press and the Obama people destroyed him and those who don’t think for themselves followed Obama’s every word. While I am certain there are some who voted for Obama who really believe he was the best candidate so many of the Obama followers were just that followers and did not use a very simple concept – common sense. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck – it is a duck. I’ve said since the election that I now believe it would not have mattered who ran against Obama – they would have all been destroyed – that was the Obama campaigns intent all along. This wasn’t about being more aggressive (obnoxious if you heed some of the posters comments) it was simply a hurdle virtually impossible to overcome. And Another Opinion is right – you don’t have to like what Romney said – but it is true. I commend Keith for being honest about it. The pundits want us to feel bad; that Romney is dividing the country – that was done long ago by Mr. Obama. If our politicians had truly spoken the truth we wouldn’t be in the situation we are in. There are idealogues on both sides of the aisle and I do believe there need to be people who are hard to the core about their principles because that is what brings about compromise (which is necessary whether you want it or not). Why would anyone decent want to run for President. I say again, I believe Mr. Romney is an upstanding man, would have been a great President (he had nothing to gain financially – he didn’t need the money) and would have put country ahead of party. And finally – as I have said in previous posts – Americans should not have to be bribed to go the polls. You shouldn’t have to hear sound bites to make your selection – you should be able to get detailed dialogue from the candidates. I really don’t get the deluge of quarterbacking from the pundits that Romney didn’t have a vision; he didn’t connect. They obviously don’t talk to people like myself and others. His vision was putting America back to work and he was going to support the private sector to make that happen; he was a decent person who didn’t make promises for gimmes. He also spoke a great deal about those in poverty and lifting them out of it; he spoke about women being so hard hit in this economy –

I guess if you work for the Unions or Government entities none of this connects, but my husband and I have worked in the “true” private sector our entire adult lives (we are in our early 60′s) and we know how hard they have struggled these last 4 or 5 years – maybe it’s just to simple a concept for us to see why Mr. Romney was the best man for the job.

Robert G. November 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I agree with everything you wrote, WMP. I think the reason the Republican leaders and pundits are criticizing Romney is because they no longer believe they can win with conservative values. Better to blame their candidate then accept the blame themselves, and then tilt to the left in a desperate attempt to gain traction and votes. The party leaders seem ready to follow the Democrats’ example of the ends justifying the means. Sacrifice ideology to win back power. They might be right. It may be the only way to win again. But I contend that no matter how much Republicans compromise their values, the press will never like them or lessen its attacks on the party. And if winning means throwing Mitt Romney under the bus, then count me out.

sportinlife10 November 19, 2012 at 7:11 am

Terrific post. Thanks.

Jeff1000 November 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

The Republican Party is completely lost, and going liberal light is even worse than being phony conservative. Too little too late for Mitt though: everyone knew Obama was buying the election before he was reelected.

Anonna November 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

We’ve got to realize that the old rules are gone. It took Obama four years of campaigning — two years of incessant campaigning while hiding from the press and avoiding doing his job — and he won.

Anything that you think will happen because “that’s how it works” will not happen unless it makes BO stronger.

They sent Susan Rice out to present the Benghazi fairy tale because if it did not fly they could make the issue about the attack on her pretty little self and BO could act macho and no one who actually had any responsibility would have to take any responsibility because a person “who had nothing to do with Benghazi” would have done the deed.

They game the system in every way — they are not Americans running part of the the American government, they are anti-American community organizers — remember this, it is key.

WMP November 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Well said.

LHF November 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

With respect to Romney’s comments, which I believe reflect what did happen, here is an article from The Root, owned by the Washington Post, written by one of the pandered-to, black Americans:

In the article the writer essentially asks “where’s mine”? He points out exactly the bribes and the targeted groups at which they were aimed that Romney points to. The answers he claims to have gotten from the panderers are interesting. I wonder how long it will take blacks to figure out that they are no longer anyone’s favored minority group – they’ll have to move over for Hispanics who have much greater potential for providing the welfare state the voters it needs to prevail.

FJA November 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Does it say how he bought off the asian-american vote? That’s one I still cannot figure out.

Patrick Cooley November 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Didn’t make a bit of sense and I say why on each issue

A gift to gays: Nonsense. We all know that politics has been evolving on this subject over the last few years. The fact that he took a position on this subject is not a gift. We elect our leaders on their positions. It was a brave position, knowing full well it could alienate himself votes

A gift to Hispanics: So now putting into effect a policy that brings hard working people into the fold is wrong. To let people who are here anyway, pay taxes on the work they are doing. This is a smart policy that allows people who are here, fit into society.

A gift to young voters: What idiot wants to raise the rate of student loans? Perhaps the study that the states with the lowest level of education vote Republican will tell you that. Student loan is the only loan you are still required to pay if you go into bankruptcy. There is a trade off here.

A gift to women: Boy, he really broke the bank and the Church’s heart on this one. Stop the religious pandering. Maybe you would like to consider Republican gifts such as corporate welfare and oil subsidies seem a little more outrageous…..gotta make sure those CEO bonuses stay in the 7=8 figures

j.m.brown November 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

You are spot on. He was buying votes. But,people did not listen. Romney did not say he did not care for jobless, poor people, rather, he said he would promote JOBS in this American economy. He stressed jobs, jobs, jobs. He was a businessman and all the things he did in the business world were legal. I am not looking for a pure, Christ-like figure to lead me. I want some one who knows what it takes to hustle with the big boys: Romney knew how to do that and would have brought great prosperity to the United States; thus,
food stamps and welfare and unemployment, although still needed by some, would, for the most part, been a mute matter.
If the masses’ idol can do this, then more power to him and I will be the first to praise him, but I honestly doubt that he is going to be good for the American economy; we shall see.

Mary November 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

So happy someone has written what I’ve been screaming ever since I heard all the bashing of Romney over this issue. How is it that his private discussions with financial backers seem to find their way into public news? Republicans have a terrible habit of “eating their own.” Democrats stick together and almost never criticize or disagree with one another publically. The Saul Alinsky playbook is their Bible unfortunately, and racism is alive and flourshing in their party, NOT the Republican party. Their claim of racism over any difference in viewpoint is abundant proof. Liberal progressivism is destroying a once great party, and, is well on the way to doing the same to our country.

FJA November 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

My young coworker happily reported a MONTH BEFORE THE ELECTION, that suddenly her birth control pills were no longer $10, but now FREE!

Suddenly she started getting really worked up over how her ex-bf never paid for half the copay of her pills, even though he paid for gas, meals out, hotel expenses when they went on trips.

She was an overnight feminist, who overnight went from someone who proudly “did not like politics” to suddenly a woman who found “binders” and Mitt Romney very offensive.

Glen November 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Keith, you are right. They should get off Romney’s back. Don’t they realize that in slamming him, that they are also slamming the whole party. It’s time to move on and quit making excuses why Romney lost. Instead of bashing him they should be pointing out what is wrong with Obama and his administration. MOVE ON!

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