When President Obama repeatedly blamed George W. Bush for the condition of the economy, Republicans repeatedly took issue with the charge. Both parties were to blame for the way Congress forced financial institutions to loan money to people who had no business being approved for a mortgage.
Congress has been in the business of wrecking the economy and then claiming they have the solution to fix the problems they created. Curses on both their houses.
Now the blame-game is coming from the Romney camp. In an interview with Candy Crowley, Romney adviser Carlos Gutierrez first attacked Romney for his remarks about “gifts” by Obama to buy votes. On this Romney is correct despite what some Republicans who are trying to position themselves for 2016 are saying. Then Gutierrez goes further off the rails. Like so many Establishment Republicans, he does not understand the mood of millions of conservatives who once formed the foundation of the Republican Party and gave it substantial victories in past elections, 2010 being the most recent:
“I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong. We are the party of prosperity, of growth, of tolerance. I mean these immigrants who come across and what they do wrong is they risk their lives, they come here and they work because they want to be part of the American Dream. That’s what the GOP is.”
Mr. Gutierrez does not say what these “far right” positions are. No one I’ve spoken with is against immigrants. It’s the illegal idea that has people questioning our immigration policy. We need a solution to the problem without growing the welfare state. We are a welcoming people. Sad to say, neither side has an equitable solution to the problem.
But let’s get back to the “far right” charge. The following comment on Breitbart’s site says it all for those who did not trust Romney’s conservative bona fides:
“We haven’t moved Right at all. The fact is that we’ve moved so far Left that we ended up nominating Mitt Romney — the ultimate Establishment, Liberal, Rockefeller Republican candidate We nominated the guy who invented RomneyCare (the prototype for ObamaCare), the guy who donated to Planned Parenthood, the guy who had a program to use taxpayer money to pay for abortions, the guy who kicked the boy scouts out of the Olympics to appease gay rights groups, the guy who said he would always defend a ‘woman’s right to choose,’ the guy who bragged about having tough control laws in Massachusetts… we nominated THE MOST LIBERAL REPUBLICAN IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY and they still say we need to move further to the Left. How much further to the Left can we move?!!
Conservatives, even those who voted for Romney, were suspicious of Romney and his advisers. They believed that another four years of Obama of Company would set in concrete a liberal agenda that we may not be able to recover from. If Mr. Gutierrez thinks a swing to the center is the ticket to victory in 2014 and 2016, he’s in for a big shock.