The saying goes; “denial is not a river in Egypt” -- but Ann Romney and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney seem to believe that it is. In the first interview since the election of 2012, Ann Romney said she was “happy to blame the media” for her husband’s loss, because “people weren’t allowed to see him for who he really was” -- a statement which seems to lure in complete contradiction, since it is exactly what the media did -- show him for who he really is.
Mitt Romney’s campaign exposed its own flaws almost from the beginning, as it continually gaffed over and over again, starting with the Etch a Sketch moment, when Eric Fehrnstrom, then political strategist for Romney, implied the reason they comfortably won the Illinois primary, was because Romney could simply change positions to suit political purposes, as in; “tell them what they want to hear, even if it’s not true.”
"Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Fehrnstrom said, “Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again." Romney defended Fehrnstrom’s remarks saying, “Everyone’s going to make a gaffe now and again. I’ve certainly made my share of them, and I’m sure others will.”
In retrospect however, even before the gaffes during his presidential campaign, Romney’s past business practices and involvement with Bain Capital as its CEO, set his political vehicle on a collision course to an inevitable political crash into a solid steel wall of voters who were paying attention -- voters who later learned that Romney, as Bain Capital’s CEO, oversaw the process of outsourcing American jobs overseas, keeping his earnings in Swiss bank accounts to avoid paying taxes in the U.S.
Hard to speculate and actually believe, that according to Ann Romney, the media was the cause of her husband’s loss, when the media was simply doing its job by reporting and visually displaying the truth. None of what was exposed by the media has been proven to be false, in fact, what more evidence of the truth than the now infamous 47 percent video, which was perhaps the last nail to seal Romney’s campaign coffin tightly shut before being lowered into the ground -- then covered with dirt never again to resurface.
During his campaign, after secretly recorded comments made by Romney at a closed-door fund raiser emerged, stating that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves “victims” and are completely dependent on government, then further accusing the same 47 percent of not paying any income tax -- those who thought that Romney was completely out of touch with hard working middle class Americans, went from thinking it, to firmly believing it.
As if karmic forces were at play, Romney eventually lost the election with 47 percent of the vote, to President Obama’s 51 percent. What Romney failed to realize is that a big piece of the 47 percent American pie he offended by labeling them “victims,” were not only senior citizens and veterans, but also communities of working Hispanic and African American voters who turned out in droves to stand in voting lines for hours, then casting their vote to re-elect President Obama.
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In an age where information technology has brought the world together with the Internet and social media networks allowing for the dissemination of information to travel at light speed, no longer can the media be solely blamed for what the public is able to share, and can learn on its own. The media was not wholly the 51 percent of the American population which re-elected President Obama, they were simply part of the equation.