Ah, Mitt, Mitt. We know you’re disappointed. We know you don’t like to lose, especially when you feel smeared and misunderstood.We know its got to hurt.
There is only one way to lose a Presidential election, though, and it is to smile, say that the winner ran a tough campaign, that the people have spoken, that Americans are lucky to live in a democracy, and that’s it. Hell, Richard Nixon had this act down in 1960, when he lost to Mayor Daley, the Mob, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr, the Texas machine and JFK. He didn’t challenge the integrity of the process or the wisdom of the voters. He just resolved to fix his own Presidential election as soon as he had the chance.
But Mitt, for you to say, as you did yesterday,
“The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they could get to vote for them and be motivated to go out to the polls, specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young peopleIn each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups.”
is unethical, corrosive and stupid. I’m sure you believe that, and to a limited extent, so do I. But while it’s fine for Rush Limbaugh, in his puckish, ‘I-know-how-to-make-liberals’ -heads-explode’ way, to say “It’s hard to beat Santa Claus,” its’ not fine for a defeated Presidential candidate to say it. It is ungracious, and it comes perilously close to saying that Obama bought the election, and that his supporters don’t care about the country, just their own selfish needs. That insults an awful lot of Americans, and the system as well. I guess you should be commended for ending any controversy over whether you really meant that “47%” comment, since this is essentially the same statement, but other than that, these are the words of a petty, bitter man who can’t find the decency to acknowledge that he was beaten fair and square.