The Washington Post reports that Mitt Romney is tending to his wounds in seclusion after losing the bid for the White House.
For six years, Romney’s goal was to be President of the United States. During this past election season, many speculated whether his run was a result of his religious beliefs. We’ll never know now and many are grateful to only wonder.
The Post describes a bored Romney with no entourage of Secret Service and aides to protect him from danger or to make his peanut butter and honey sandwiches. He’s a disappointed man who is second guessing himself. Ann Romney is allegedly taking it the hardest, crying quietly and trying to get back to riding horses.
Robert Shrum, a senior strategist on Democratic presidential campaigns said, “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.”
Romney’s friends insist he isn’t a poor loser and he’s not blaming anyone, well, except Obama. He did say he lost because Obama bribed blacks and Hispanics with free stuff. Let us also not forget the fact that he disabled all of his campaign workers’ credit cards as soon as he knew he lost the election—leaving them with unexpected cab and hotel bills. To be fair, since the election, Romney has helped some of his campaign staffers land new jobs.
The Post also reports:
“For years, as he competed for the affections of GOP activists in Iowa, Romney called Joni Scotter over and over again— on her birthdays, on her 50th wedding anniversary. When Scotter’s husband died this spring, Romney had white roses and lilies delivered to her.
Scotter said she hasn’t heard from Romney since he lost Iowa on Nov. 6.
“He hasn’t called,” she said. “I know they’re moving to California . . . so he’s doing his very best to stand back.””
Before anyone feels too sorry for Romney, let’s remember and never forget the nail biting months leading up to November 6. We saw a man who changed his position every five minutes. We saw a man who wanted to be President so badly, he changed his message to appeal to whichever audience was in front of him. A man caught between the extremists of the Republican Party and a hard place. He tried his best to please the fringe and in doing so, appeared to have no real position. Was that why he lost? Maybe. We’ll never know because Romney never showed us who he is or what he believes in.
It does seem Romney is taking the loss better than the rest of his party. The GOP is becoming unhinged in front of our eyes. The party is dying, fighting furiously against the changing faces of who and what America is becoming and more importantly, what we want. They are stubbornly holding on to an unrealistic view of what America used to be and refusing to embrace the 21st century. The most glaring example is the War On Women. Romney failed miserably with women, especially single women. And black women. And Hispanic women. His refusal to speak out against Todd Akin and Richard Murdock on their extreme positions concerning rape really hurt him. His flip-flopping on the issue of abortion was confusing and only served to illustrate the chameleon-like nature of the candidate.
Money was the worst culprit in the failure of Romney’s bid. It is ironic isn’t it? A man of extreme wealth backed by billionaires was unable to convince the country that his business knowledge was what we needed to get us out of the financial disaster they originally got us into.
Mitt Romney will always have a choice and will be able to chart his own destiny. He just won’t be doing it from the oval office.
Kimberley A. Johnson – A.K.A. The Anti Coulter is the author of The Virgin Diaries and an activist for women’s rights. Like her on Facebook, Twitter or friend her on FB HERE. Visit ARKStories to check out all of her books