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In a conference call with his donors, defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney was heard saying that his opponent, Barack Obama, was observed the weekend before the election playing Santa Claus, “giving gifts to the 47 per centers.”
“He spent the entire weekend handing out gifts to the free-loaders in this country who don’t work—have no work ethic—and expect nothing but hand-outs from their government. I swore never to do anything so despicable if elected President of this great country, but Obama not only reinforced these ne’er-do-wells by giving them gifts but, in the process, caught us totally off guard. I would have won the election had it not been for these gifts.”
Sheldon Adelson interrupted Romney and reminded Romney that the President is black, asking “Wouldn’t it be rather difficult for him to look like Santa Claus?”
Romney replied, “Well, he did it in white face, and that’s no surprise since he’s always trying to be one of us. But even a black-faced Santa Claus would have no difficulty being accepted by some of our greedy minorities.”
Romney continued after David Koch asked him to identify the specific gifts. Koch added, “We need to know exactly what these gifts are in order to corner the market on them before the next election.”
Romney responded. “Well, we can see what they are, because we’ve captured it on video. In African-American communities, it’s mostly chitlins and pig’s feet, sometimes with collard greens and corn bread thrown in.
“But it Latino areas, it’s tortillas and tamales—and lots of sopaipillas, but sometimes it’s tortillas presses, for the woman, and tequila for the men, the voters he most wants to bribe.”
“What about the young people who voted for him?” The identity of the questioner is not clear.
“Well, this is the worst thing of all. It’s regrettably about sex. So it’s birth control pills for the girls and prophylactics for the boys, and sometimes other sex toys.”
Someone else asks him, “What about all the women voters?”
“That’s what’s so surprising here,” Romney responds. “We can’t find any image on that tape showing Obama playing Santa Claus with adult white women. There’s obviously a reason why they voted for him, but so far we haven’t be able to figure that out.”
Adelson asks another question. “Isn’t this rather preposterous, Mitt? How does one person hand out so much stuff the weekend before the election?”
“How does Santa Claus deliver gifts to every child in the world the night before Christmas?”
An audible groan is heard from one of Romney’s donors, who mutters, “So that’s where our higher taxes will go—more goodies for these unmentionables.”
Charles R. Larson is Emeritus Professor of Literature at American University, in Washington, D.C. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.