It’s hard to be honest in politics. Perhaps that has been Governor Mitt Romney’s real problem all along.
Romney’s candor came out in a recent conference call that was reported by The New York Times in which he said that President Obama offered free “gifts” to both illegal aliens and American citizens.
Romney’s observation about rewarding illegal aliens with citizenship and giving free benefits to people exploiting the system is not the same as criticizing minorities — but for decades the left has manipulatively used racism, sexism and discrimination to intimidate the Republican Party into cowering into the aimless, weak institution that it has become today.
When Romney made the highly publicized “47 percent” comment during a Boca Raton fundraiser, he was referencing the fact that it was not a campaign priority to reach out to that sector of the population for votes.
He was right because most of those people were not going to vote for him anyway.
The liberal elements of the media, however, mischaracterized Romney’s comment as meaning that he would not care about those people as president.
Rather than defending Romney for saying the things that most conservatives feel, Republicans are distancing themselves from their former leader, the same way they unfaithfully abandoned George W. Bush. Loyalty seems to be a real problem for the Republican Party these days. Andrew Breitbart was right when he said that there is a “self-hating wing of the Republican Party.”
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized Mr. Romney, saying, “We’re in a big hole. We’re not getting out of it by comments like that. When you’re in a hole, stop digging. He keeps digging.”
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie both said they did not agree with Romney, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said that Romney was “absolutely wrong.”
Republican strategist Ana Navarro mocked Romney on her Twitter feed, saying that “Romney was the biggest gift Obama got.”
None of this pandering has helped expand the Republican Party’s base. It has, however, highlighted the fact that while the president has a consistent message, the Republican Party lacks conviction.
Perhaps New York Magazine’s Margaret Hartmann got it right when she said, “In the last week, Republicans have come to the abrupt realization that they too have to woo women, minorities and young voters.”
While Hartmann may be correct in her observation, what the Republican Party has really done is admit defeat.
Instead of standing its ground and fighting for what is right, the GOP is beginning to cave, in the most pathetic, self-deprecating manner possible, conceding that President Obama’s ideas were right all along.