2016 GOP Crowd Walking Away from Romney

Want to know who your real friends are? Try losing a presidential election some time.

Mitt Romney got some flak yesterday for saying that his loss was partially attributable to “gifts” that the Obama Administration targeted towards young, Black, and Hispanic voters. That was predictable. What may be a little more surprising is how much of it came from fellow Republicans — especially those considering a 2016 presidential bid.

Bobby Jindal:

“I absolutely reject that notion, that description” of Obama’s winning strategy, which Romney made in a conference call that reporters heard. “I think that’s absolutely wrong.”

The election, Jindal said, showed that “if we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly: One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions.”

Marco Rubio:

The potential 2016 hopeful told POLITICO that he hadn’t seen the full context of Romney’s comments, and downplayed them as simply “an analysis to donors.” But he said, “our mission should not be to deny government benefits to people who need them,” but the party should work to ensure “less people need government benefits.”

“I don’t want to rebut him point by point,” Rubio said of Romney. “I would just say to you, I don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to work. I’m not saying that’s what he said. I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can’t find a job.”

What say the Ricochetti? Are we hopeless in the face of the Santa Claus state?