For reasons known only to Fox News, the conservative news channel decided it was important to find out what Mitt and Ann Romney had been up to since losing the election.
Yeah, I don’t know why either.
Romney, the man who would be president except Barack Obama is sounded very much like a loser who still hadn’t figured out why he lost.
Chris Wallace asked the Republican standard bearer did he go into Election Day thinking he was going to win?
MITT: Yes, I think we were convinced that we’d win. We saw that the polls were very close. But we knew the energy and passion was with our voters and my heart said we were going to win.
At one point, Ann Romney explained why she and her husband are struggling to accept the sad reality of defeat, “In our church, we’re used to serving and you know, you can be in a very high position, but you recognize you’re serving. And now all of a sudden, you’re released and you’re nobody … And we’re used to that. It’s like we came and stepped forward to serve. And … the other part of it was an amazing thing, and it was really quite a lot of energy and a lot of passion and … a lot of people around us and all of a sudden, it was nothing.”
That’s because you are nothing, Ann. Nothing special. You’re jut another wealthy, pampered White woman in a country full of them. You’re both nobodies now.
Wallace played an audio tape of Romney speaking to supporters a week after the election and blamed his loss on minorities expecting President Obama to give them things. “It’s a proven political strategy which is, you have a bunch of money from the government to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you.”
MITT: The president had the power of incumbency. ObamaCare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance. And they came out in large numbers to vote. So that was part of a successful campaign.
Still not getting it, huh, Mitt?
MITT: Well, I recognize that as the guy who lost the election, I’m not in a position to tell everybody else how to win, all right? They’re not going to listen and I don’t have the credibility to do that anyway.
First thing you said I can’t disagree with one word of. You got that right, Mittens. The Republicans can lose all by themselves. They don’t need a loser telling them how to lose.
WALLACE: Why do you think he lost?
ANN ROMNEY: I think they had a better ground game. And I think we were not aware — you know, we certainly had the passion coming from our side, and I don’t think we were as aware of the passion that was coming from the other side. I think we were a little blindsided by that.
How’d that happen, Ann? Didn’t you know Obama was the incumbent and he’s had four years to build up some passion on the other side?
MITT: I look at what’s happening right now, I wish I were there. It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done.
Yeah, well, that’s not happening. You lost. The Black guy won and I know that kills you even more. Next time, win more votes. Oh, that’s right…there isn’t a “next time” for you, is there?
MITT: The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together. The president leads.
Yes, the president does. You’re not the president. And you never will be.
MITT: And — and I don’t see that kind of — of leadership happening right now —
Aaaaaaannd we won’t being seeing that kind of leadership from you either, Mitt. That’s a done deal, closed chapter, over and out.
ANN ROMNEY: I’m happy to blame the media.
Well, why not? That’s what losing candidates always do. It’s easier than blaming yourself.
Then Wallace rolled tape on Romney’s now notorious “47 percent” crack.
MITT: There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them.
WALLACE: George Will said you’ve got a problem when voters don’t like you. You’ve got a real problem when voters think you don’t like them.
Because he didn’t like them. At least the non-wealthy, non-White voters.
MITT: Yes, it was a very unfortunate statement that I made. It’s not what I meant. I didn’t express myself as I wished I would have.
Bitch, please! Man up and don’t play dumb. You said exactly what you meant and you didn’t stutter.
MITT: You know, when you speak in private, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and — and it could come out wrong and be used.
Oh, this is a very sad story. If you’re running for president and you don’t spend as much time thinking about how what you say could be twisted and distorted, maybe you shouldn’t be president.
It isn’t that it came out wrong, Mitt. It’s that it came out at all and the whole country found out how much contempt you have for almost half of America.
MITT: But, you know, I did. And it was very harmful. What I said is not what I believe. Obviously, my whole campaign — my whole life has been devoted to helping people, all of the people. I care about all the people of the country.
I call bullshit. If you said it and didn’t believe it, why were you lying to all those nice people in the audience listening to you? Or are you lying now?
MITT: But that hurt. There’s no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign.
I’m sure the Obama Campaign appreciated your self-inflicted wounds. Put on your magic underwear and deal with it.
WALLACE: Looking back, how do you rate yourself as a presidential candidate?
MITT: Well, I see my mistakes and I see my flaws and I did better this time than I did the time before.
Oh, good for you!
MITT: And — and I won’t get a third chance. I’m not doing it again.
You promise? How many more times do you have to get your ass beat before the message finally sinks it: AMERICA DOESN’T WANT YOU TO BE ITS PRESIDENT!
MITT: The weakness that our campaign had and that I had is we weren’t effective in taking my message primarily to minority voters, to Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, other minorities. That was a real weakness.
We did very well with the majority population, but not with minority populations. And that was a — that was a failing. That was a real mistake.
Now that is funny. The Whitest White Man in America can’t figure out why “minority populations” rejected him.
WALLACE: Why do you think that was?
MITT: Well, I think the ObamaCare attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated in a — particularly among lower incomes. And we just didn’t do as — as good a job at connecting with that audience as we should have.
Not going to give up on that “gift” thing are you?
WALLACE: What does the Republican Party need to do to reach out and attract more voters?
MITT: Well, first of all, I lost and so, I’m not going to be telling the Republican Party, come listen to me, the guy who lost is going to tell you how to win.
Then why not be a gracious loser and shut up? Nobody’s dying for your advice.
WALLACE: But you must have — you must have some ideas.
MITT: But — of course. But among those ideas, clearly, we have to do a better job bringing minority voters in to vote for Republicans and that’s Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, other minorities. We’ve got to do a better job taking our message to them to help them understand why we’re the party with the ideas that will make their life better.
Here’s an African-American that understands you and your party’s “ideas,” just fine and I don’t see them doing me or my family any good.
MITT : …I’m not going to disappear. I’m not running for office. I don’t have a big organization that’s out speaking in my behalf.
But I care about America. I care about the people that can’t find jobs. I care about the fact that we’re wracking up larger deficits and — and putting the peril of — of — of the future generation very much in play.
I really care about this country. I care about my 20 grandkids, the kind of America they’re going to have. And sitting on the sidelines when so much is at stake is just not in my nature.
You might care about the country but the country does not care about you or anything you have to say.
If you have 20 grandkids you should be caring for them and leave the rest of us the hell alone.
It may not be in your nature to sit on the sidelines but that’s where you are and that’s where you’re staying.
Bye-bye, Mittens. Enjoy forced retirement. Get naked and roll around in your money. Just leave the rest of us along and we’ll do the same for you.
- Time For Some Comedy: Chris Wallace’s Mitt And Ann Romney FULL Interview – March 3, 2013 (theobamacrat.com)
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- Ann Romney: ‘I Am Happy To Blame The Media’ For Mitt’s 2012 Loss (mediaite.com)