Mitt Romney (Reuters/Jim Young)

Mitt Romney's bored, eating Boston Market, playing jokes

A behind-the-scenes story in the Washington Post lays out the sadness inside Mitt's home since he lost the election


David Daley
December 2, 2012 10:18AM (UTC)

So what's Mitt Romney been up to for the last month? We all know he's pumped some gas, visited Disneyland, caught "Twilight" and shared white turkey chili and Southwest chicken salad with President Obama.

But a definitive Washington Post piece today has more details from inside the Romney home in La Jolla, Calif.

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According to the Post, Romney watches the news about the "fiscal cliff," wonders "what if?" and doesn't know what to do with himself.

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.

Other details from the story:

* These weeks have been hard on Ann Romney, who "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."

* They ordered Thanksgiving dinner from a local Boston Market because there were too many grandkids underfoot to cook a big meal.

* Romney's thinking about turning his campaign journal into a book.

* He's mentioned Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative as a possible charitable model for himself, and also considered working with the Mormon Church.

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* He regrets the way his remarks about President Obama using "gifts" to win re-election came out, but does not think he needs to explain himself further.

Romney's been feeling well enough to pull practical jokes, however. He wrote to his neighbor John Miller, who co-chaired his finance committee, and told him that his house is "a mess" and that construction workers doing a renovation to his home weren't working. (Construction workers are lazy, get it!)

“He was pulling my leg,” Miller told the paper.


David Daley

David Daley, a former editor of Salon, is the author of the national bestseller "Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count" and the forthcoming “Unrigged: How Americans Fought Back, Slayed the Gerrymander and Reinvented Democracy.”

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