Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan writes in Human Events today that “gifts,” as Mitt Romney calls them, have always been popular “south of the border”:

“What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.”

Thus did political analyst Mitt Romney identify the cause of his defeat in a call to disconsolate contributors. …

But Mitt also has a point. …

[The Hispanic community] is a huge community being sucked into the morass of a mammoth welfare state. …

Nor is this unusual. Populist programs to stick it to the rich have always had an appeal south of the border.