The media is out with great excitement as Republicans lined up to repudiate Mitt Romney’s offensive “gift” comments. The Washington Post wrote, “Ten days after failing to sail into the White House, Mitt Romney is already being tossed overboard by his party.” The Sunday shows were stuffed with Republicans lining up to be seen on TV distancing themselves from the Romney stink. Yes, it seems everyone is happy with the Republicans for finally seeing the light.
And therein lies the mistake.
Republicans like Newt Gingrich and the gang of repentant Romney apologizers do not see any light except that they can no longer afford to be seen as defending the rich and hating everyone else.
Now they are scapegoating the man who carried that mantle for them in a failed presidential campaign. For this, they are reaping praise for having principles and waking up.
One does not have principles if they defend such comments during a campaign, because they wanted to help their party maintain power. Had they come out immediately after the 47% comments and specifically condemned them and the thinking behind them, that would be different.
But here we have Newt Gingrich, who accused President Obama of being the “food stamp President” playing the Good Guy on the Sunday shows. Suddenly he doesn’t think Obama won because of “gifts” to “those people”.
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