Nope, Not Gonna Learn
Published on November 29, 2012 by Sara Foss

Mitt Romney lost for myriad reasons, but one of the biggest reasons was the unrelenting meanness of his party. At least, that's my theory. When you basically insult half the country, and suggest they're a bunch of leeches, a lot of people are not going to want to vote for you. Throw in some insulting remarks about gays, women and minorities, and your candidacy will only appeal to a narrow slice of the electorate.

I don't know what I expected the Republicans to do after losing an election they were confident they were going to win, but I think I thought they would stop saying stuff that made them look like a bunch of hateful jerks. Because it's not a very good strategy, you know?  But I was wrong. The insulting comments have continued unabated! First, there was Romney's conversation with donors, where he suggested Obama won because of all the gifts he was going to hand out.

Then this week Mitt Romney strategist Stuart Stevens claimed that Obama only won the votes of Americans who earn less than $50,000. “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," said Stuart, who seems oblivious to the fact that median household income is about $50,000. In any case, what is Stuart suggesting here? That the people who matter voted for Romney, and everybody else sucks?

Stuart's feelings were echoed by former GOP Congressman Tom Davis, who said that Romney lost because of Obama's ability to turn out "underclass minorities" who "orient toward the city" and "were pulled out of apartments." As someone who lives in an apartment, I always bristle when people characterize apartment-dwellers as shiftless losers. And I'm sure all the people who voted for Obama, love being described as the underclass.

My expectation is that the GOP will attempt to rebrand as the party of "compassionate conservatives." But every time they open their mouths, they make it harder to do so.

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