That is what most of America’s non-White male voters said to Mitt Romney on Tuesday. The presidential race between Barack Obama and Romney was a tight one. But the Republican Party and their next White House nominee need to be careful in 2016 because exit polling reveals that the next two elections may not be so competitive.
President Obama won more than 93 percent of the Black vote and 69 percent of the Latino, according to the Washington Post. Young people did not line up at the polls as they did back in 2008, but Obama still won the 18-29-year-old vote over Romney by a 24 point margin. The President also won 54 percent of the female vote compared to Romney’s 44 percent.
The reason for this is simple: Romney and the GOP are tone deaf and here’s why.
Bet You Missed That “47 Percent” On Election Night, Didn’t You Mitt?
Romney unabashedly wrote off 47 percent of the country as a bunch of government handout-taking leaches who have nothing to contribute to his America vision during a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. In part, this is what he had to say about a large contingent of the voting populace:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
When Romney made these remarks at the fundraiser, I guess he forgot about the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. For a few intense months, an economically diverse group of Americans, many of them young college-educated folks struggling to find work, marched across America demanding that our country recalibrate the economic engine that leaves loopholes for the wealthy but roadblocks for the working class.
When an Occupy protester asked him what he planned on doing for the 99 percent during a South Carolina campaign stop in June, he had this say:
Let me tell you something. America is a great nation, because we’re a united nation. And those who are trying to divide the nation, as you’re trying to do here, and as our president is doing, are hurting this country seriously. The right course for America is not to try to divide America, and try and divid us between one and another. it’s to come together as a nation.
And if you’ve got a better model — if you think China’s better, or Russia’s better, or Cuba’s better, or North Korea’s better — I’m glad to hear all about it.
But you know what? America’s right, and you’re wrong.
Really? His response to what he’d do for the 99 percent was to suggest that the protester preferred the Cold War way of life? #mittsoutoftouch!
Mitt didn’t have to go all Woodstock on us and drop his conservative values. But when you tell a 20-year-old college student working as a bartender without health care to borrow money from his parents to pay for tuition, that doesn’t endear him or other young folks to cast their ballot for you.
I’m just saying, Mr. Mittens, I’m just saying.