Romney's Campaign Surrogates Are Done Defending Him

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  1. Synthaholic

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    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 Republicans—those still in office and/or those harboring dreams of higher office—wasted 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 Romney’s 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 we’re 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:

    Walker—who was sitting on a panel with Jindal when the Louisiana governor fired off—said 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 Romney’s first comments were bitter and backward-looking. 2) His analysis is incomplete to inaccurate: Obama didn’t 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 doesn’t 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?

  2. Dr.Traveler

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    There's going to be a lot of very vigorous throwing of Romney under the bus as folks like Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker start to position themselves for national runs. There will be lots of talking about how things will have to change and how they'll have to reach out and blah blah blah.

    But the truth is this: in 2016 the GOP will probably run the same campaign they've always run on God, Guns, and Gays. No one on that side is really looking to innovate and change their positions or even really reach out.

    That doesn't mean they'll lose in 2016. The biggest problem the DNC will face in 2016 won't be the GOP, but the candidate on the ticket. Barrack Obama is personally very popular with the key demographics the DNC needs to win. I have no idea who there is that's up to a national run that comes anywhere close to matching Obama's popularity.

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