Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” has nothing but disdain for Mitt Romney’s comments Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s election victory was a result of “gifts” he showered on minorities and young voters.
“Mitt Romney proved again that in Washington, a gaffe is when you accidentally say something that you mean,” the former Florida GOP congressman wrote on Politico
. “He also showed why he was ideologically unfit to be the Republican nominee for president.”
Conservatism will define the future, Scarborough says. “It's time Republicans start electing leaders who actually believe it.”
During the campaign, Romney made the mistake of saying that “47 percent of Americans are victims, grifters, and thieves,” Scarborough says. And in his conference call with supporters Wednesday, Romney “further exposed just how sheltered his life has been by explaining that these grifters were mostly minorities bought off with ‘gifts’ from Barack Obama.”
The upshot of the comments is that Romney “has no idea what conservatism offers 100 percent of Americans who believe that freedom leads to prosperity and centralized planning is a road to serfdom,” Scarborough says.
That’s the idea that elevated Margaret Thatcher to prime minister in Britain in 1979 and Ronald Reagan to the U.S. presidency in 1980, he says. “If Mr. Romney believes that message is no longer relevant to Hispanics and African-Americans, he should've stayed in La Jolla to oversee the building of his car elevator.”
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