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Mitt Romney can still enjoy a nice silver lining following his loss in the 2012 presidential election, brags adviser Stuart Stevens, who feels the Republican won where it counts.

Seriously, this isn’t an Onion article … these are real quotes.

Stevens penned an op-ed in the Washington Post today arguing that by winning wealthier and whiter voters, Romney secured a huge moral victory over Obama.

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“On November 6, Mitt Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income,” Stevens wrote.


“He carried the majority of middle-class voters. While John McCain lost white voters under 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift.”

“The Republican Party has problems, but as we go forward, let’s remember that any party that captures the majority of the middle class must be doing something right.”

As a result, “Republican ideals – Mitt Romney – carried the day.”

The implied argument – at least how some interpreted it – that poorer votes are inferior seems to undercut the campaign’s central message over the last two years.

Then again, so did Romney’s own 47 percent comment.

Mitt’s top concern in 2012 was providing jobs for the jobless, he said again and again and again, with unemployed Americans highlighted in ads, speeches and photo-ops.

Those individuals make under $50,000 a year almost by definition.

Stevens notably never mentioned jobs and unemployment, instead focusing on how Romney championed “the moral case for free enterprise and conservative economics.”

Unfortunately for Romney, poor and minority votes counted just the same as the allegedly superior votes Stevens favored, and they went for the other guy.

The 2012 election results were not even all that close: a margin of 3.5 points, over four million overall votes cast and an electoral college blowout for Barack Obama.

Powered by strong turnout and margins among young voters, Latinos, African Americans, and women, he won a second term despite a struggling economy.

Why? Stevens had an explanation for that, too, of course.

Obama was “a charismatic African American president with a billion dollars, no primary and a media that often felt morally conflicted about being critical. How easy is that to replicate?”

We imagine his supporters will have a rebuttal or 20. Wonder if the Prez himself will bring this up during lunch with Romney at the White House tomorrow.