What ever happened to bowing out gracefully? The night of the election, Mitt Romney looked the most presidential I had ever seen him, delivering a gracious concession speech and leaving the stage for the final time with his pride and honor still in tact. The President even proposed a meeting so that he and Romney could discuss a tax strategy. America could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
But as much as we all hoped that speech was the end of it, and that Mitt Romney would go out with a better reputation than he came in with, he just had to remind us why he lost in the first place. He had to remind us of his past indiscretions. The indiscretions we Republicans tried so hard to forget.
“The president’s campaign,” Romney said, “focused on giving targeted groups a big gift, so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.” Romney is implying that the President bought a plethora of votes from not only the minority groups but the younger generation as well.
Does this sound eerily familiar to anyone? After spending the last two months trying to overcome his highly controversial 47% comment, this statement to his donors wreaks of contempt and pretentiousness.
Even though this comment was not meant to go public, it should have never left his mouth in the first place. And even if it did have some semblance of truth to it, what could he gain from spreading blame and pointing fingers?
On top of running a very respectable campaign, he received a nod from former President Bill Clinton post election. When you earn the respect of the opposition, there is no greater reward.
He may not be used to losing in business, but in politics it comes with the territory. He ran a race anyone would be proud of, and these comments only detract from all the hard work he, his staff, and thousands of volunteers put in over the past year.
So come on Mitt, enough is enough. Take it in stride and move on. Nobody likes a sore loser.