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Where’s Mitt, Part III

As President Obama gets set to effect “Fundamental Transformation II: This Time, It’s Personal,” the defeated GOP standard-bearer and never-quite-titular head of the Republican party is sitting this one out in his new mansion in La Jolla, California. That would not be in chilly Boston, Mass., or by the frigid shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, but seaside in the ritzy San Diego suburb where Mitt Romney can “hear the waves.” U.S. News checks in: 

The former Republican presidential contender is spending Inauguration Day at his home in La Jolla, Calif., where it’s sunny with a forecasted high of 73 degrees.

An aide told NBC News that the former Massachusetts governor and his wife have “no big plans.”

Asked if the governor was likely to watch the inaugural ceremonies today, the aide said, “Doubtful.”

The story adds, helpfully:

Romney’s son Tagg told The Boston Globe in December that his father was never really all that into winning the nation’s highest office anyway.

“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life,” Tagg told the newspaper. “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.”

Now they tell us. No wonder anger among the GOP’s big donors is so palpable; whether they’ll finally understand that giving their money to Karl Rove and the krack kadres of kampaign konsultants is just throwing it away is doubtful. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me thrice and it’s just business as usual for the Stupid Party. 

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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