In the same post-election phone to call in which Romney blamed his loss on Obama's "gifts" to minorities, he also relayed the story of a call he got from former president Bill Clinton. What was the Big Dog's message? That Romney had a good shot at winning, and can blame Hurricane Sandy for his loss.
Romney said that in fact Clinton thought it was the Republicans who'd win just one week out from election day, but that the Frankenstorm threw the election energy Obama's way.
"I spoke with President Clinton, he called and spent 30 minutes chatting with me," Romney told donors. "He said the hurricane happened, and it gave the president a chance to be presidential, and to look bipartisan, and you know he got a little more momentum."
Did Clinton really call Romney? It's plausible enough, but The Huffington Posttells us that the ex-president couldn't be reached for comment, so we may never know.
Via The Huffington Post.
@RobertJHarsh why would we believe you ?..your the same guys that said Obama's time in the white house is up...It's amazing that the religious right is blaming Obama's win on an act of God!! How Ironic!!
No, but it helped. The president looked very divisive prior to Sandy, but the big problem was that Romney couldn't convince Americans that hard work and toughening up was the way to success... they just wanted to get more checks, and he stood in the way of that.
@Zazziness Romney pitched trickle-down economics, and his opponent pitched trickle-up poverty. Neither was compelling, but when you rob from Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul. When Paul is nearing 50% of the population, it's a tough sell to pitch self responsibility or anything other than handouts for those who don't have all of their wants met.
@Sonny Very true. Telling a massive portion of the voting block (correctly) that they are not contributing to the country, is a bad idea. Telling people that live off of others that they may have to figure out some other way to get money will never get you votes from those people. Romney's team thought that the majority of Americans are hard working and want the country to return to greatness. They were definitely wrong.
@Hireman NO he incorrectly made such an assertion. And improperly insulted almost half of the American Electorate in the process. They ARE "contributing" just as much as you think you are "contributing"...So both you & that loser romney need to get off of their backs!
Good question. A lot of fishy stuff went on during this last election. I'm hearing reports all across the country about ballots disappearing, voter machines in Ohio automatically picking obama even if a person selected Romney, no votes for Romney in Philadelphia or Cleveland, mysterious voters showing up in Maine, etc. It makes you wonder what kind of chicanery obama pulled off during this election. I hope investigations are launched and we get to the bottom this. I take voter fraud very seriously.
Btw, Romney was right. When you're a divisive president like obama and you play class warfare and you give gifts to certain groups, it's easy to buy the election. Romney had an economic message for everyone. He supported true fairness in making sure everyone had a low tax rate, a business friendly environment, and job opportunities. obama wanted none of that for any American. All obama promised was the nanny state will get bigger and it will take care of you. No, the nanny state won't. It'll go broke and you'll be all alone on your own. obama left that out of his campaign speeches.
Also, why did it take until the day after election day for obama to tell the country he fired Petraeus? Why wouldn't obama come clean about Benghazi? Who were those masked crusaders in Maine that mysteriously showed up to vote for obama? The liberal leftist socialist media will never answer these questions.
@Buggsy888 - Actually, I think Bill Clinton's party loyalty is far outweighed by his personal animosity towards the Republican party, and after the vicious way they went after him in the 90s, who can blame him?
@Denizen_Kate No, they did not. That is simply misinformation. Ken Star was assigned to investigate.(Independent Counsel) But let me see if I have this right, you think it should be ok to sexually harrass women?? This was triggered by accusations that Clinton was. And you also think that if a president lies under oath,,,,that is ok. Why do I think that only applies to a democrat in your mind?? Here is your time line.http://academic.brooklyn. cuny.edu/history/johnson/clint ontimeline.htm
Bill Clinton is nothing if not smooth. Call up Romney and tell him it is not his fault that he lost. Factors beyond his control. So what will Romeny them do? They will keep doing the same things that caused them to lose, and down they go again in 2014 and 2016, plus Bill scores a few points with them. It's slick willy leading the hogs to slaughter. Too good!
It's very unlikely Sandy had any effect on the election outcome. Despite frequent Romney campaign claims to the contrary, there was no "Mittmentum" going in the days before the storm. As Nate Silver pointed out, the polls simply did not move much after the the first debate for the Governor, and he remained behind President Obama throughout the last weeks of the campaign.
It's unseemly, to my mind, for the losing candidate to spend so much time and effort avoiding responsibility for the outcome of his campaign. Mr Romney is showing himself to be graceless and narcissistic, not the sort of legacy I'm sure he thought he might have left.
Momentum did swing towards Obama because of the storm, but I think Dems out hustled Reps on the ground game after the first debate. Also Romney let up on Obama in debates 2 & 3, he probably believed the hype that he was winning in the poles. As for Clinton calling, I am sure he did. Clinton can't stand Obama. The only reason he played cheerleader for Obama was to keep the party happy. That is a must if you plan on Hillary running in 2016.