Thread: The meme du jour is Why Romney Lost. It’s really not so hard to figure out. #arithmetic

The meme du jour is Why Romney Lost.

It’s really not so hard to figure out.

  • “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.These are people who pay no income tax.”

You don’t have to look any further. Basically this limited the field of possible Republican voters to people who were too stupid to get that he was talking about them.

  • A picture named fuckYou.gifAside from being insulting, it’s clueless.
  • I have a pre-existing condition, and if for some reason I lost my health insurance, I would not be able to replace it, no matter how much money I spent. I have never not had insurance. The system is terrible. I had to scramble to find insurance when I lost my job a few years back. Ironically, it was the health care law in Massachusetts that saved my ass.
  • I’m willing to pay for the average cost for a person with my health, I think that’s fair. But health care is already highly socialized. I get the same treatment as everyone else with the condition I have. We need to pool our resources.
  • I don’t feel entitled to health care. I am a very productive member of society, and I find it highly insulting that the Republicans think I depend on them to give me a sense of purpose with my life. That’s just laughable it’s so arrogant and ridiculous.
  • So if you want an idea of why this approach didn’t work, join the human race — and you’ll find out right away.

As another famous Republican said: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

In this case you could only fool 53 percent. And some of them were Democrats.

As President Clinton says — it’s just arithmetic.

PS: I wish President Obama had thanked President Clinton in his victory speech. It would have brought the house down. The Big Dog really earned it.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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