Post-election, Romney is largely alone and bored at his La Jolla (San Diego) home, reports The Washington Post. And they aren’t the only ones noticing that virtually none of the ideas he promoted during his campaign are on the table during the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. In other words, he’s politically impotent.
He’s spent the last six years campaigning for a presidential run, and without that driver he seems somewhat lost. The Post says,
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.
Other sources say that Ann Romney isn’t taking the loss well, either, having fully expected to win the election.
“Is he disappointed? Of course he’s disappointed. He’s like 41,” adviser Ron Kaufman said, referring to former president George H.W. Bush. “Forty-one would hate to lose a game of horseshoes to the gardener in the White House, and Mitt hates to lose. He’s a born competitor.”
He certainly is a sore loser. He blamed the loss of the election on everyone but himself, and doesn’t seem to realize that America didn’t want a CEO.
The defeated Republican nominee has practically disappeared from public view since his loss, exhibiting the same detachment that made it so difficult for him to connect with the body politic through six years of running for president. He has made no public comments since his concession speech in the early hours of Nov. 7 and avoided the press last week during a private lunch with President Obama at the White House. Through an aide, Romney declined an interview request for this story.
Mitt Romney is quickly losing whatever political influence he may have been able to have, and has already lost all his influence from pre-election. In the eyes of the public and high-powered politicians alike, he is becoming politically irrelevant as he sits in seclusion inside of one of his several homes. The Washington Post quoted Robert Shrum, a Democratic senior strategist, as saying, “Nothing so unbecame his campaign as his manner of leaving it. I don’t think he’ll ever be a significant figure in public life again.”
That’s as apt a way to put it as any. In my eyes, after the snobbery and entitlement shown by Willard Mitt Romney, this is nothing more than he deserves. Hey, he still has his money, right?