Revisionist history coming from the Romney camp was to be expected, but how would you feel if you were, say, Sheldon Adelson, after pouring millions to elect this man — or if you were an average Joe donating hard-earned money that you felt was well-spent — after hearing this load of offensive crap? A Boston Globe campaign post-mortem article portrays a Mittens without any fire in the belly to run for President.
More than being reticent, Romney was at first far from sold on a second presidential run. Haunted by his 2008 loss, he initially told his family he would not do it. While candidates often try to portray themselves as reluctant, Tagg insisted his father’s stance was genuine.
“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”
And this is the man the GOP establishment put in the driver’s seat as the alternative to Barack Obama. Well, it’s not surprise Ann Romney was pushing her husband. She was practically measuring drapes for the White House until the bottom fell out of her fantasy.
What does that attitude by Mitt Romney mean to people who worked day and night to elect him if he was only half in the game? What a sorry state of affairs for the GOP. I can’t wait for the 2016 Clown Car.
Here’s a flashback to show you just how much Adelson poured into a campaign for a man who “had no desire” to run:
Earlier in the year, Adelson indicated at different times that he planned to spend about $100 million or “as much as it takes” to defeat Obama and help Republicans in Congressional races. Adelson’s personal wealth has been pegged at $20.5 billion by Forbes, making him one of the world’s richest men and enabling him to open his checkbook wide without worrying much about his bottom line.
Adelson’s largess appeared to have an impact on Romney’s campaign strategy. After Adelson publicly suggested that Romney sometimes waffled in his stances and wasn’t as ideologically consistent as his original pick, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, he and Romney met in late May in Las Vegas. Shortly afterwards, the casino owner’s first $10 million donation to Romney’s allied super PAC arrived.
Not long after their meeting, Romney restated his support for one of Adelson’s top priorities — his fervent backing of Israel’s conservative government and his opposition to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Romney’s first foreign trip after his meeting with Adelson included a late July visit to Israel, which included a Jerusalem fundraiser that Adelson famously attended.
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