Romney's Campaign Surrogates Are Done Defending Him "The president's campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift. He made a big effort on small things." That was Mitt Romney explaining his election loss to his big-dollar donors during a conference call Wednesday. Slate's Will Saletan and David Weigel have already dug into that quote and what it says about Romney. But in the meantime, Romney's fellow Republicansthose still in office and/or those harboring dreams of higher officewasted little time putting some space between themselves and their former presidential nominee. Here was Bobby Jindal, the new head of the Republican Governors Association who is seen as a potential 2016 candidate, via the Los Angeles Times: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Romneys comments just hours earlier in a conference call with top donors were "absolutely wrong." "We have got to stop dividing the American voters," Jindal ... told reporters here. "If were going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage, and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly. One, we are fighting for 100% of the votes. And second, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream, period." And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, via CNN: Walkerwho was sitting on a panel with Jindal when the Louisiana governor fired offsaid the GOP isn't "just for people who are currently not dependent on the government." "It's for all Americans," he continued, adding that the Republican Party is the party "that helps people find a pathway to live the American Dream." Politico's Mike Allen spoke with an untold number of establishment Republicans to take their temperature yesterday. Here's how he laid out the general GOP reaction inside the Beltway: 1) Republicans we talked to said this sounded like sour grapes, and were sad that Romneys first comments were bitter and backward-looking. 2) His analysis is incomplete to inaccurate: Obama didnt win Janesville, Iowa or New Hampshire because of gifts to minorities. 3) This mindset is at odds with the views of most other prominent Republicans, who say the party needs to do some heavy soul-searching and modernizing. Republicans tell us these comments convinced them that Romney just doesnt get it, and that 47 percent was no slip of the tongue. 4) Supporters would like Romney to sound like a leader, not a pundit. 5) Why alienate people now, when he could use his fame and platform to start or support some big philanthropic or civic effort?