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NAVARRETTE: Romney assumes role of whiner in chief

Mitt doesn't get it.

Just two weeks since his shellacking by Latino voters in the presidential election, and the 2012 Republican standard-bearer continues to insult this important demographic.

Mitt Romney also has a fair amount of disdain for African-Americans, young women, students and the working class — essentially anyone who, in his preferred narrative, was bought off by "gifts" and other "free stuff" from President Barack Obama.

That's the message Romney shared after the election during what was meant to be a private call with donors. Among those listening in was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

First, we mustn't confuse those "gifts" with the giveaways that Republicans hand out after they win elections — from farm subsidies to tax cuts to increases in defense spending. This is totally different.

Many Republicans criticized Romney for his remarks, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Good for them.

Romney is an equal-opportunity whiner. But for some reason, he tends to zero in on Latinos during his tantrums. This was true in May when, during a get-together with donors in Boca Raton, Fla., he suggested that he'd have "a better shot at winning" the presidency if he were Latino.

Maybe it's a family issue. Romney's father, George, was born in Mexico in 1907 to American parents. Perhaps Mitt is trying to channel his inner Mexican. He'd have better luck waltzing to Mariachi music. The father was born in Mexico, but the son approaches Mexican-Americans, and other Latinos, like they're from Mars.

The same pattern continued on the post-election call with donors, where Mitt attributed his loss not to any shortcoming on his part but to the fact that, with Latinos, for instance, Obama played Santa Claus.


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