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“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to … run. If he could have found someone else to take his place … he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”

TAGG ROMNEY, son of Mitt, in an interview with the Boston Globe about his multi-millionaire, out-of-touch, fuck-the-47-percent-over dad.

Tagg probably sounded out those ellipses.

A week after losing the election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies, including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics.

In a conference call on Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

The president’s health care plan, he added, was also a useful tool in mobilizing African-American and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers — 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics voted to re-elect Mr. Obama.

“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity, I mean, this is huge,” he said. “Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”

The New York Times, "Romney Blames Loss On Obama’s ‘Gifts’ to Minorities and Young Voters."

Mitt Romney, a fucking piece of shit asshole.  Fuck you, you privileged dicksmack.  Fuck you.

This is like the irresponsible shithead pot calling the bloviated fearmongering kettle black.

This is like the irresponsible shithead pot calling the bloviated fearmongering kettle black.

President Obama’s tearful thank you to his campaign staff.

And thank you, Mr. President.

Mitt Romney’s campaign got its first hint something was wrong on the afternoon of Election Day, when state campaign workers on the ground began reporting huge turnout in areas favorable to President Obama: northeastern Ohio, northern Virginia, central Florida and Miami-Dade.

Then came the early exit polls that also were favorable to the president.

But it wasn’t until the polls closed that concern turned into alarm. They expected North Carolina to be called early. It wasn’t. They expected Pennsylvania to be up in the air all night; it went early for the President.

After Ohio went for Mr. Obama, it was over, but senior advisers say no one could process it.

"We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory," said one senior adviser. "I don’t think there was one person who saw this coming."

CBS News, "Adviser: Romney ‘Shellshocked’ By Loss."

I find it completely fascinating that no one — no one — on the Romney campaign, including the candidate himself, thought they were going to lose.

Hubris: ye shall be felled by it.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

(Puts blindfold on, covers ears, commences making loud noises for the next four years.)

The REPUBLICAN PARTY, on President Obama’s re-election.

The biggest single donor in political history, the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, mingled with other Romney backers at a postelection breakfast, fresh off a large gamble gone bad. Of the eight candidates he supported with tens of millions of dollars in contributions to “super PACs,” none were victorious on Tuesday.

And as calls came in on Wednesday from some of the donors who had poured more than $300 million into the pair of big-spending outside groups founded in part by Karl Rove — perhaps the leading political entrepreneur of the super PAC era — he offered them a grim upside: without us, the race would not have been as close as it was.

… Mr. Obama faced at least $386 million in negative advertising from super PACs and other outside spenders, more than double what the groups supporting him spent on the airwaves. Outside groups spent more than $37 million in Virginia’s Senate race and $30 million in Ohio’s, a majority to aid the Republican candidates.

The bulk of that outside money came from a relatively small group of wealthy donors, unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed unlimited contributions to super PACs. Harold Simmons, a Texas industrialist, gave $26.9 million to super PACs backing Mr. Romney and Republican candidates for the Senate. Joe Ricketts, the owner of the Chicago Cubs, spent close to $13 million to bankroll a super PAC attacking Mr. Obama over federal spending.

Bob Perry, a Texas homebuilder, poured more than $21 million into super PACs active in the presidential race and the Senate battles in Florida and Virginia, where Democrats narrowly prevailed. A donor network marshaled by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and conservative philanthropists, reportedly sought to raise $400 million for tax-exempt groups that are not required to disclose their spending.

Mr. Adelson’s giving to super PACs and other outside groups came to more than $60 million, though in public Mr. Adelson did not seem overly concerned about the paltry returns on his investment.

“Paying bills,” Mr. Adelson said on Tuesday night when asked by a Norwegian reporter how he thought his donations had been spent. “That’s how you spend money. Either that or become a Jewish husband — you spend a lot of money.”

The New York Times, "Little to Show for Cash Flood by Big Donors."

Now these same folks will whine about having to spend money paying their fair share of taxes and providing for healthcare for their employees, LOL.

NY TIMES: "As he wrapped up his remarks (during a breakfast in Boston), Mr. Romney became uncharacteristically emotional, according to attendees. He choked up as he talked about the friendships he made on the campaign trail and thanked his campaign staff members by name. A few of them wiped back tears of their own. When he was finished, Mr. Romney lingered for a long time, shaking hands and delivering hugs. He waxed nostalgic, telling some staff members what positions he had envisioned for them in a Romney administration. It seemed, those in the room said, like he did not want to leave. 'He stayed until the last person left,' said an attendee." »

the-danimal:

Rachel Maddow explains the 2012 election and its result

“Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately President of the United States. Again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing. And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us. And nobody’s taking away anyone’s guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as Communism.” —Rachel Maddow

“After his speech, Mr. Obama tried to call both Mr. Boehner and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, but was told they were asleep.”

Back to Work, Obama Is Greeted by Looming Crisis [NY Times] (via skidder)

Hmmm.  So Obama’s speech came first, around 1AM.  Then Romney spoke around 2AM.  I guess that means they didn’t bother waiting around for Romney either, right?

Right.

Bitter pricks.

Mitt Romney may have graciously conceded the election to President Obama Tuesday night, but some conservative pundits and bloggers didn’t accept defeat quite as calmly.

Donald Trump made some of the most controversial comments of the night, calling the election a ‘total sham and a travesty’ on Twitter.

'We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty,' he wrote. 'Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.'

He deleted others that called for ‘revolution,’ which he wrote when he thought Romney won the popular vote but lost the electoral college.

Rocker and Romney supporter Ted Nugent also went on a Twitter tirade.

'Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav (sic) a president to destroy America,' he wrote. 'Goodluk (sic) America u just voted for economic & spiritual suicide. Soulless fools.'

The New York Daily News, "Republicans React to Obama Triumph With Anger, Gloom and Calls to Fight."

Second coming of the Tea Party, here we come!