Further proving how out of touch the Romneys are, Ann Romney said in an interview this past weekend that she is “happy to blame the media” for her husband’s failed election attempt. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Mrs. Romney discussed what she saw as the Romney campaign’s and the media’s failure to let the American people see her husband for “who he was.” Host Chris Wallace asked about reports that stated Mrs. Romney and her son, Tagg, were frustrated that the Romney campaign didn’t “let Mitt be Mitt,” and that they didn’t let him “show his more open, compassionate side,” to which Mrs. Romney responded, “Well of course, it’s true, but it was not just the campaign’s fault; I believe it was the media’s fault as well.”
Mrs. Romney also blamed President Obama, saying the president’s campaign was “not fair” in its portrayal of her husband who is “a selfless person that really, truly cared about the American people.” In succession, Ann Romney blamed the campaign, the media, and the president for her husband’s portrayal and finally stated, “I totally believe, at this moment, if Mitt were there, in the office, that we would not be facing Sequestration right now.”
During his campaign, Mitt Romney tried to present President Obama as “out of touch” with the American people, and claimed that he could relate to the average American. Meanwhile he was hosting fundraisers in the Hamptons at $75,000 a head, and claiming that he was “not very concerned about the poor,” but was focused on the “heart of America, the 90 percent,” the middle class, of which he had previously declared himself to be a part.
His tax plan, to make the Bush era tax cuts permanent, lower the corporate tax rate, remove the capital gains tax on the first $200,000 of investment income, and eliminate the estate tax, was a scheme that would have given nearly 60 percent of its benefit to the richest 1 percent of Americans. Romney said his tax plan was focused on middle class citizens, like himself, despite the fact that he has an estimated net worth of $250 million, and, during the campaign, refused to release any of his tax returns from before 2010.
A poll released a couple of months before the 2012 election, found that 71 percent of Americans felt that Mr. Romney’s policies would benefit the rich, and that both the GOP and it’s presidential candidate were more focused on policies advantageous to the wealthy and not the middle class. The Republican party continues to alienate voters with its policies that work against the poor, the middle class, women, minorities, the LGBT community, and the “average” American’s concerns and values.
Mitt Romney’s failed bid for the presidency can’t be blamed on his campaign, the media, or the president. Rather, the GOP should accept accountability for being out of touch with Americans, and Mitt Romney accept that his loss is a result of being a product of the Republican party mentality.
Alisha Mims is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire.