There has been much discussion regarding Mitt Romney’s “gifts” remark, where he discussed the decades-old strategy of liberal candidates who give voters tons of governmental goodies in exchange for votes.
Now, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who earned the ire of the right for cozying up to President Obama in the final days of the election, spoke of Romney’s remark on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and claimed, “You can’t expect to be a leader of all the people and be divisive.”
It’s an ironic statement by the man who, in my estimation, helped Obama reach out to voters by cozying up to the most divisive president in history.
Romney, after his presidential defeat, told donors that the Democratic strategy is to create dependency on government by giving out gifts to the masses in exchange for continued support. He said,
“It’s a proven political strategy, which is give a bunch of money to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you. What I would do if I were a Democrat running four years from now — I’d say dental care ought to be included in Obamacare…
What the president did is he gave them two things. One, he gave them a big gift on immigration with the DREAM Act amnesty program, which was obviously very very popular with Hispanic voters, and then number two was Obamacare … For a home earning — let’s say $30,000 a year — free health care, which is worth about $10,000 a year, I mean it’s massive, it’s huge. So this — he did two very popular things for the Hispanic community.”
He was right. Welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, low-income housing, Obama phones- the form of government gifts vary, but the central premise has remained static: get people hooked on government handouts and they will vote for those that promise the continuation of handouts.
Romney is wrong on a lot of things, but I will not fault the man for articulating an unpleasant truth and spelling out what has been the liberals’ go-to election strategy for the last three decades.
And now Chris Christie is joining the call from moderates by denouncing the comments. They’re harsh comments, admittedly, but we shouldn’t shoot the messenger.
Some have said that Christie’s willingness to accept the outreached hand of the federal government in the final days of the election was a dignified means of securing the best possible cooperation to help the people of New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
While that may be, I truly believe that the same ends could have been achieved without the sympathetic photo ops that helped paint President Obama as a truly bipartisan leader who remains firmly in command in times of national crises.
Governor Christie’s meeting with Obama likely did not deliver him the election. However, in a race where every vote counts and all oars must row in the same direction, the photo ops represented a tacit endorsement of Obama’s leadership qualities while the Republican Party was in a fight to turn things around.
So, if Christie wants to criticize a divisive politician, perhaps he should turn his focus on the Great Divider he helped, if even in a small way, return to the Oval Office.