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Poor Mitt

Mitt Romney has barely been seen in public since his not-so-gracious concession speech from a little over a week ago. Really, I feel a little sorry for Mitt Romney. For the last two years, he’s done nothing besides eat, drink and sleep presidential politics. He turned his whole life upside-down so that he could run for president. As a matter fact, Mitt Romney spent more than just the last two years running for president. To be honest, Mitt Romney’s been running for president for more than a decade. Remember, he ran for Senate and lost. I don’t think he ran for Senate because he had some great desire to be a senator. He ran for Senate because he thought it be an excellent stepping stone to the presidency. He ran for governor of Massachusetts and won. He didn’t want to be governor of the state of Massachusetts. Instead, he wanted to use it as a springboard into the White House. His plan almost worked.

Today, Mitt Romney stuck his head out of his multimillion dollar mansion just long enough to speak with donors. Mitt Romney could’ve been gracious. He could have thanked his donors for all their hard work. He could’ve been magnanimous. Instead, Mitt Romney was a bowl of sour grapes. The reason that he lost, according to Mitt Romney, was because President Obama “focused on giving targeted groups a big gift.” This is the same line of thinking that Bill O’Reilly displayed when he said 50% of Americans simply want stuff from the government. Mitt Romney didn’t lose because he had the nerve to say that illegal (undocumented) immigrants should self deport (which may be the stupidest idea ever to be uttered by a presidential candidate). He didn’t lose because he didn’t support the Dream Act. Mitt Romney did not lose the election because he alienated women by being completely unclear on multiple issues important to women. He didn’t lose because he opposed Obama Care. Instead, he lost because the president appealed to people by offering to give them things. Sour grapes.

Mitt Romney lost the presidential campaign because he didn’t understand electoral politics. Mitt Romney lost because the presidential race came down to seven or eight states –Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, New Hampshire, Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nevada. He never had a winning strategy to significantly move the needle in these battleground states. He continued to appeal to Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. Once he won the Republican nomination, he had those states in his back pocket. He never changed his ultraconservative positions. Those positions caused him to lose in the states that he needed to win. The fact that he almost won Florida, Virginia and Ohio is immaterial.  Winning those states still wouldn’t have gotten him the nomination. He needed to do more.

With nobody but himself to blame, I suspect that he is sitting around his mansion eating a bowl of sour grapes and spitting the seeds on the floor just so that he can watch the help pick them up. Poor Mitt and his sour grapes.

By |2012-11-16T20:12:24-04:00November 15th, 2012|Party Politics|1 Comment

Some of the richest counties in the United States surround DC, why? (Updated)

This is an interesting question. I’m glad it was brought up in discussion. Some are pointing to the salaries of federal employees as an indication of how bloated our government truly is.

I look at the zip codes around DC, Virginia and Maryland and I see lobbyists. I see $3000 suits. I see expensive sports cars. I see government contractors. I see multimillion dollar houses which government employees cannot afford. Average income in Loudoun County, Virginia is $110,000. The average government employee income is less than $75,000.

Please note that the house below is for sale in the Loudoun County area.

In case there is some doubt about the enormous income of lobbyists generate, here is the income that these firms are required to report. This is 2009 data. (this table has been updated. It was correctly pointed out that the previous table did not reflect income to the lobbying firm.)

Lobbying Firm Total
Patton Boggs LLP $40,080,000
Akin, Gump et al $32,390,000
Van Scoyoc Assoc $27,300,000
Podesta Group $25,780,000
Brownstein, Hyatt et al $23,220,000
Cassidy & Assoc $22,270,000
Ogilvy Government Relations $21,810,000
Holland & Knight $21,240,000
Dutko Worldwide $19,780,000
K&L Gates $18,570,000
Hogan & Hartson $18,160,000
Williams & Jensen $17,220,000
BGR Holding $15,510,000
Ernst & Young $14,077,701
Quinn Gillespie & Assoc $13,570,000
Cornerstone Government Affairs $12,780,000
Venable LLP $12,394,000
Ferguson Group $11,890,000
Prime Policy Group $11,443,333
Alston & Bird $11,170,000
By |2010-11-12T19:35:40-04:00November 12th, 2010|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Some of the richest counties in the United States surround DC, why? (Updated)
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