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“Actually, I didn’t say that. …That’s how it began to be perceived, and so I had to ultimately respond to the perception, because perception is reality.”

A delusional MITT ROMNEY, former GOP presidential candidate, who denied to the Washington Post’s Dan Balz that he characterized “47 percent” of Americans as not taking “personal responsibility.”

Shit Romney.

(via The New York Daily News)

Mitt Romney is meeting with President Obama at the White House today.

  • OBAMA: Mitt! Welcome to the White House.
  • ROMNEY (meekly): Mr. President.
  • OBAMA (gesturing to chair): Just throw your coat anywhere.
  • ROMNEY: Thanks, Mr. President. (Sits.)
  • OBAMA (sitting): So, how are you?
  • ROMNEY: Fine, Mr. President. (Looks around, warily.) Are we being videotaped?
  • OBAMA: Nope.
  • ROMNEY: Are you sure? Do you have waiters who have secretly planted iPhones behind water glasses, perhaps?
  • OBAMA: Don't be paranoid, Mitt.
  • ROMNEY: Okay, sorry. It's just that -- you know, the whole 47 percent thing.
  • OBAMA: There are no waiters here. No covert videotaping. No iPhones behind glasses of water. I can, however, offer you a beer. What do you drink?
  • ROMNEY: I'll take a Schlitz. Do you have Schlitz?
  • OBAMA: Seriously?
  • ROMNEY: Or whatever you've got laying around.
  • OBAMA (reaches into mini-fridge, pulls out a Bud; opens it): Here.
  • ROMNEY: Thanks.
  • OBAMA: So -- what've you been up to?
  • ROMNEY: I've been to Disneyland. You?
  • OBAMA: Still President!
  • ROMNEY: Sigh.

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.

I’d like to know which Republican chewed that much banana gum.

I’d like to know which Republican chewed that much banana gum.

What Grover Norquist actually said was “poopy-head.”

(CBS News via The Daily Show)

What Grover Norquist actually said was “poopy-head.”

(CBS News via The Daily Show)

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.

Shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes assembled his network’s election team in a second floor conference room at Fox’s midtown headquarters to discuss the night’s coverage. He prepared them for the worst. “Guys,” he told them according to a source familiar with the exchange, “if things don’t go your way tonight, don’t go out there looking like someone ran over your dog.”

Six hours later, American Crossroads co-founder and Fox News contributor Karl Rove was on-camera seeming to ignore his boss’s orders. Shortly after 11 p.m., Bret Baier went on-camera to read a script written by Fox’s Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, based on an analysis by the network’s decision desk, announcing Ohio for Obama. “That’s the presidency, essentially,” Baier said.

Instantly, Fox phones lit up with angry phone calls and e-mails from the Romney campaign, who believed that the call was premature, since tallies in several Republican-leaning Southern counties hadn’t been been fully tabulated. “The Romney people were totally screaming that we’re totally wrong,” one Fox source said. “To various people, they were saying, ‘your decision team is wrong.’” According to a Fox insider, Rove had been in contact with the Romney people all night. After the Ohio call, Rove — whose super-PAC had spent as much as $300 million on the election, to little avail — took their complaints public, conducting an on-air primer on Ohio’s electoral math in disputing the call.

… This time, it was the network divided against itself, and Fox News’ top producers held a meeting to adjudicate. The decision desk stood their ground. They knew how momentous the call was. Earlier in the night, according to a source, before making the call, Arnon Mishkin, who heads the decision desk, told Fox brass, “let’s remember this is Fox News calling Ohio. This will say something beyond Ohio going for Obama.” Fox brass told Mishkin to get the numbers right and ignore the politics: “If we think Ohio has gone Obama, we call Ohio,” said a Fox News executive.

With neither side backing down, senior producers had to find a way to split the difference. One idea was for two members of the decision team, Mishkin and Fox’s digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, to go on camera with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier to squelch the doubts over the call. But then it was decided that Kelly would walk through the office and interview the decision team in the conference room. “This is Fox News,” an insider said, “so anytime there’s a chance to show off Megyn Kelly’s legs they’ll go for it.”

New York Magazine, "How Karl Rove Fought with Fox News Over the Ohio Call."

So many sadnesses; so many LOLs.

“Thank you, and God bless America. You guys are the best. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thanks, guys.”

MITT ROMNEY’s closing words during his concession speech.

You’re welcome.