Poor Sad Sack Romneys At Loose Ends

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Did you see the hilarious piece by Philip Rucker in the Washington Post this morning on how poor Mitt and Ann Romney are having trouble adjusting to life out of the spotlight?

Gone are the minute-by-minute schedules and the swarm of Secret Service agents. There’s no aide to make his peanut-butter-and-honey sandwiches. Romney hangs around the house, sometimes alone, pecking away at his iPad and e-mailing his CEO buddies who have been swooping in and out of La Jolla to visit. He wrote to one who’s having a liver transplant soon: “I’ll change your bedpan, take you back and forth to treatment.” [....]

Four weeks after losing a presidential election he was convinced he would win, Romney’s rapid retreat into seclusion has been marked by repressed emotions, second-guessing and, perhaps for the first time in the overachiever’s adult life, sustained boredom, according to interviews with more than a dozen of Romney’s closest friends and advisers.

Romney’s next door neighbor is renovating his house, but the Romney’s planned renovations to their La Jolla home, including the famous car elevator haven’t even begun. The former presidential candidate is now renting an office in Boston at his son Tagg’s firm, Solomere Capital. Ann Romney is reportedly more devastated than her husband.

By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

Ann apparently bought into the White Horse Prophecy, and believed–along with her husband’s pollsters–that God would keep the black people away from the polls because Mitt had been chosen by god.

But Mitt’s friends say he’s not bitter, and he isn’t going to let himself go, despite his hangdog appearance in the photo above. He’s been riding his bike around his La Jolla neighborhood, and he’s not going to balloon up and grow a beard like Al Gore did after he was cheated out of the presidency.

One longtime counselor contrasted Romney with former vice president Al Gore, whose weight gain and beard became a symbol of grievance over his 2000 loss. “You won’t see heavyset, haggard Mitt,” he said. Friends say a snapshot-gone-viral showing a disheveled Romney pumping gas is just how he looks without a suit on his frame or gel in his hair.

The article says Romney might write a book about the campaign, and he’s even thinking about starting some kind of charity along the lines of the Clinton Global Initiative. But wouldn’t that require some kind of ability to empathize with people who need help?

But here’s the funniest part. On Thanksgiving, son Josh came for a visit with his four kids–they all had to sleep in one bedroom–and no one wanted to cook dinner, so they ordered out from Boston Market.

It’s all so very very sad.

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16 Comments on “Poor Sad Sack Romneys At Loose Ends”

  1. janey says:

    Poor little rich boy.

  2. dakinikat says:

    I read this last night. It looks like Ann needs prozac. It’s amazing how these two people just thought they had to show up and they’d win like they’ve done with everything the rest of their lives. Hard to feel sorry for any one who is sitting around a beach house in La Jolla feeling sorry for themselves.

    • RalphB says:

      When you’re over 60 years old and lose out on something you want for the first time, it has to hurt like hell. Tough luck, join the test of us.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Fox News Latino has another version of this sad song.

    While most have welcomed Romney’s return to normalcy it has created a leadership vacuum within his party. It’s left the GOP rudderless, lacking an overarching agenda and mired in infighting, with competing visions for the way ahead, during what may be the most important policy debate in a generation.

    In his final meeting with campaign staffers at his Boston headquarters, Romney promised to remain “a strong voice for the party,” according to those in attendance. But so far he has offered little to the Capitol Hill negotiations over potential tax increases and entitlement program changes that could affect virtually every American.

    He declined to comment on the Treasury Department’s recent refusal to declare China a currency manipulator, which was one of his signature issues over the past 18 months. He made no public remarks after his meeting with Obama, quickly fading away, again.

    “If I had to tell you somebody who is the leader of the party right now, I couldn’t,” said Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, which is among the conservative factions vying for increased influence. “There’s a void right now.”

  4. HT says:

    So sad that George Carlin died – this would be ideal for one of his incredible social commentaries. We need another Carlin to shine the light on the spoiled richy riches who feel like they are deprived because they don’t get what THEY want and feel they are entitled to. And poor, poor Ann – imagine, she’s not the first lady. What a downer.
    Are these people real?

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    They ordered take out from Boston Market? Are you kidding me? Tunafish wouldn’t suffice?

    With two women in the house they couldn’t manage to throw a turkey dinner together?

    With all their money why didn’t they just go to a nice restaurant instead? These two are the most delusional idiots ever. Yes, the loss must have been hard to take initially but three weeks later and they are still “mourning” enough that they could only bring themselves to order a feast from Boston Market?

    Give me a break.

    • dakinikat says:

      Romney’s such a cheap skate that the family probably had to beg him to splurge. He only wants to see money amass in foreign bank accounts so he can feel richer than other people.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Why couldn’t they hire a caterer? Or a cook? Romney must be the worst skinflint ever.

      • HT says:

        I’m sure there’s a word for it, although skinflint works well enough, but it appears to be a deep seated emotional need for him to keep getting and keeping money and of course using a portion to ensure that everyone on earth knows how rich he is. It’s not a very endearing trait, but I doubt that would bother Mitt. He doesn’t seem to be bothered with the exception that he honesly appears to have felt that he should have been crowned. I suspect he’s skulking and planning his revenge. Ann doesn’t appear to be much better, although who knows what happens in a marriage. Perhaps she’s been exposed to his dark side before and simply wanted to keep him happy so it wouldn’t re-emerge. Hmmmm – nah, she came off as arrogant feeling entitled and unconnected as her husband.
        Honestly, I do wish they would sink back into their monied obscurity, although I doubt that will happen. Mitt will be back unfortunately. He’s not a gracious loser.