Complicated Gifts

Reflecting back on the year that was, I think it’s apt the the post-election season seems to have provided the liberal blogger so many gifts. Things like this New York Magazine story about the National Review cruise, rich with detail that keeps the shaden right on freuding.  It’s a stocking stuffed with images of the clueless, the bitter, the regretful, and ruminations on the unbearable whiteness of being Mitt Romney.  For that matter, this tasty tidbit served up by Romney Number One son, Tagg, is fascinating as a psychological study despite its brevity for the depths it possibly reveals—

Is it possible Mitt Romney did not really want to be president? How does one run for about seven years without actually wanting to be president? He faced a contentious field in not one, but two primaries. He fund raised, he fibbed, he glad-handed, he glibbed, in short, he gave every indication to the outside world that, why yes, he might very much like to live in the White House (not that this is necessarily synonymous with being president). And yet he did not win, and his campaign was not run very well. Who knows what this explains?

But there’s more—I’ve discussed the recent embarrassment of Speaker of the House John Boehner in the face of his unruly coalition, but this vignette from his negotiation with the President:

Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.

At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”

“You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”

reads just a bit like wish-fulfillment (although my post had to do with a Mitch McConnell viewpoint-correction—which may well be coming, yet).

Could there possibly be more? A shake-up at Freedomworks that hasn’t entirely shaken out yet?  A tiff between Breitbrats? The NRA revealed to be spittle-flecked wackaloons?

None of these things are necessarily cheery, and yet in a small way, they toast the chestnuts of my heart, as I hope they do yours.

And on this seasonal note, have a happy thing you do, folks, and love and light and cool things to you all.

(X-posted at Strangely Blogged.)

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 12/24/12 at 09:29 PM • Permalink

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The NR cruise story is from New York magazine, not the New Yorker.

@pedant—corrected, much thanks.

Tagg’s tantrum is especially funny, “Dad didn’t want to be President, he’s just a grifter who wanted to take all your money.”

I can’t see any Romney ever having a political future after this, and for that I am thankful.

That story about the National Review cruise was depressing- how miserable, nasty, hateful and small can a group of people possibly be?

A quote from the article I read on The Tagg-ster:

The oldest Romney son was an instrumental figure in his father’s political career.

If that is so, my advice is: “Don’t quit your day job, Tagg . . .”

BTW, Vixen, is that house really made out of beef-sticks and cheese?

@Bette—yes, festive, isn’t it?

If we learned anything from the 2012 election campaign, it’s that the Romneys lie as easily as they breathe, so forgive me if I don’t buy Tagg’s claim.

Not only do I not buy Tagg’s claim, but why would anyone with an ounce of political accumen even make that statement?  Oh.  Answered my own question I guess.

The NRO annual fund raising cruise is so filled with fail this time that I can hardly stand it.
Just one example:  “Then Hassett pivoted to the liberal media. “I actually think that Goebbels was more critical of Hitler than the New York Times is of Obama,” said Hassett, tucking into a piece of strudel. “I was in the middle of the fight against the propaganda, and I have stories like you wouldn’t believe. These people are so evil. They’re basically Fascists. It’s unbelievable.” “

If any of you are fans of the 70’s-80’s BBC series “The Comic Strip” (starring the incomparable Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French among others) you will see that this stuff can only be made up.  And laffed at.

(Some of these are available on NetFlix but they’re hard to find.  Well worth looking for, though.)

i think Tag’s statement is actually a reference to the Romney family belief (and many Mormon’s) that, like Jesus, Mitt was “called by God” to the service of mankind, sort of like God’s first sacrificial lamb.  it is an arrogant statement that assumes superiority in defeat.  i wouldn’t doubt he’ll underwrite another attempt in 2016.  you have to understand that Mitt believes he’s a God in Training by Mormon theology.  if he believes this is his destiny- that God personally delivered a “revelation” to him, he will continue the quest.

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