The economy is headed for another recession and our government is headed off a fiscal cliff. Two months after four Americans were murdered in Benghazi we still don’t know what happened. Who authorized selling guns to Mexican drug gangs is still a mystery. The president is going on vacation.
Meanwhile, Dana Milbunk risks his life to bring you this important news:
The nation is heading toward the “fiscal cliff,” but have no fear: Mitt Romney is coming to the rescue — of Marriott International Inc.
In his first public comments since election night, the defeated Republican presidential nominee issued a statement Monday announcing his next step. An appeal to national unity? A charitable initiative?
No, he announced that he was rejoining the hotel chain’s board of directors. “It is an honor to once again be able to serve in the company of leaders like Bill Marriott,” said Romney’s statement, distributed by Marriott.
It was emblematic of the tone-deaf, I-have-some-great-friends-that-are-NASCAR-team-owners moments that contributed to his loss. The country is in a crisis, political leaders in a standoff, and Romney is joining his buddy’s corporate board.
Romney is a private citizen now and free to do as he chooses. But it’s not as if he needs the money; the $170,000 in cash and stock that Marriott directors received in the most recent year reported is but a sliver of the $20 million or so Romney takes in annually from his investments.
More to the point, Romney’s first post-election move served to confirm the exhaustive report my Post colleague Philip Rucker did on Romney’s “rapid retreat into seclusion.” Rucker, who covered the Romney campaign for this paper, wrote that in the former candidate’s disappearance he is “exhibiting the same detachment that made it so difficult for him to connect with the body politic through six years of running for president.”
Romney’s post-election behavior has been, in a word, small. Never again, likely, will his voice and influence be as powerful as they are now. Yet rather than stepping forward to help find a way out of the fiscal standoff, or to help his party rebuild itself, he delivered a perfunctory concession speech, told wealthy donors that Obama won by giving “gifts” to minorities, then avoided the press at a private lunch with President Obama.
Though keeping nominal residence in Massachusetts, the state he led as governor, he moved out to his California home and has been spotted at Disneyland, at the new “Twilight” movie, at a pizza place, pumping gas and going to the gym. In warm weather, he plans to live at his lakefront manse in New Hampshire. The man who spoke passionately about his love for the American auto industry has been driving around in a new Audi Q7.
Typically, when someone loses an election they either retire or go back to doing whatever it was they were doing before the election. Al Gore grew a beard and dropped out of sight for a couple years. John Kerry and John McCain both went back to the Senate. Sarah Palin went back to Alaska. The losers generally drop out of the spotlight for a while.
Sarah Palin was an exception, but not by choice. She tried to avoid the spotlight but the media just couldn’t quit her. She made headlines pardoning a turkey that first Thanksgiving after the election. Okay, technically it was a turkey execution that made the headlines, but she was at a turkey ranch, not a petting zoo.
Are we gonna have to put up with four more years of Romney bashing from the media? Leave the
poor guy alone! What the fuck do expect him to do? Fix the economy for Obama?
But you want to know the worst part? The worst part is that Dana Milbunk gets paid to write that drivel!
BTW – It’s just a coinky-dink but “Mitt Romney” and “Media Zombies” are right next to each other on the TCH categories list.