Friday, June 07, 2013

Mitt Romney hosts retreat but nobody knows why.

So there is a retreat going on in Utah that has attracted a bunch of politicians, advisers, and big business types which WAS being characterized as significant step in Romney's return to public relevance and proof of his political clout.

However much like his campaign there seems to be no "there there."

This from the Washington Post:  

His ideas conference, much like his campaign, had no specific agenda and would define itself over time, aides said. The off-the-record sessions, the cigar rooms and the vanilla homogeneity of the exclusive event evoked the elitism of his disastrous speech to donors about the “47 percent.” 

And Romney hasn’t exactly loosened up. When the former GOP nominee suddenly appeared in the lounge on the way to the kick-off festivities, he responded to a question about his ambitions for the conference by grabbing his wife’s hand and scampering out the door. 

He did take time to sit down with CNN and ruminate on his election loss and its possible causes. 

“I wish the hurricane hadn’t have happened when it did because it gave the president a chance to be presidential,” Romney said in reference to Hurricane Sandy. “But, you know, you don’t look back and worry about each little thing.”

Romney took a more expansive tack in his keynote address Thursday, offering an explicitly nonpolitical speech, with slides exploring national challenges such as the federal deficit and economic growth, according to attendees. He then urged conference participants to discuss possible solutions in working groups. The speech was closed to the media. 

Even after the speech, there was confusion about the exact purpose of the retreat. 

“What are Mitt’s plans?” was the major question coming out of the retreat, said former senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah). “There doesn’t seem to be an answer coming out of this.”

I love that he ran from reporters and bitched about an inconvenient hurricane. That's so Romney, don't you think?

So to be clear, Romney demonstrates that he is still relevant by hosting a largely irrelevant retreat?

In fact a number of things went wrong including the fact that the big get for the conference was supposed to be former supermodel Cindy Crawford who was scheduled to lead the morning yoga class. But at the last minute she pulled a shoulder muscle (Or wised up) and was replaced by Campbell Brown, the former television anchor and wife of former Romney adviser Dan Senor.

I'm sorry but I find that pretty damn funny. And also indicative of Mitt Romney in general.

Essentially if things CAN go wrong, they WILL go wrong. We are just lucky they did not go wrong while he was sitting in the White House.


  1. Anonymous12:45 PM

    The cnn interview was playing in my dentist's waiting room. I almost ripped the monitor off the wall. Why, fist of all, does cnn give this loser air time for his pity party? Second of all, mite be nice for him to say he regretted the hurricane did so much damage--to things other than his stupid loser of a campaign! Plus, as soon as she opened her mouth, Ma Romney put all the blame on Karl Rove for misinforming her about predictions on election night. Pussies, all of them. Just a bunch of unaccountable pussies.

    1. Anonymous2:01 PM

      That's pretty much the sign of some poor losers who are still carry a grudge over their loss. But I have no pity for them at all. And what does Carl Rove have to do with this. He can only rely on what the polls were saying, the same as them. But also know which company is reliable and not just hang to the polling that says what you want to here.

    2. Anonymous6:06 PM

      >>And what does Carl Rove have to do with this.

      Perhaps you don't remember how Rove was setting things up to steal Ohio, but Anonymous stepped in a blocked it. His minion tried to breakthrough the firewall with more than 100 passwords, but were unsuccessful. Rove threw a huge hissy fit on Fox, saying the election for Ohio had been called too early, since he was waiting for the numbers to flip in Romney's favor.

  2. Anonymous12:55 PM

    Yes, we are extremely lucky that Mitt Romney is not our President.

    Unfortunately, his ego, or that of his wife, cannot allow him to retreat into the shadows.

    How much better it would be if he rebuilt his image by establishing a foundation to help those Americans less fortunate than him. Of course, perhaps I should say "much less fortunate" because otherwise it would refer to the majority of Americans. Buwhy not use his supposed "expertise" to run a foundation to give seed money to small start ups and then training in business to ensure that they are successful. He could afford to give that seed money at little or no interest with a long payback period. He could create foundations to do urban renewal projects in blighted areas, hiring and training residents there to do the work, thereby gaining confidence, skills and experience. There are so many possibilities to show that mythical "best side" of his character that we were told exists but saw no evidence to confirm. But I will not hold my breath because I sincerely believe that he hasn't a clue and doesn't give a damn.

    1. Once an empyt suit............

    2. Anonymous3:29 PM

      12:55 I am in complete agreement with you re putting his money to good endeavors. Bill Gates, who has amassed billions, spends his time and $$ trying to help third world countries red themselves of diseases, researching ways to provide healthcare and better sanitation. He is GIVING BACK, something Richy and Bitchy would never do. Their donation to the LDS is the extent of their philanthropy.

    3. Anonymous6:44 PM

      The clueless, exclusively billionaire, Keystone Kops. And nothing more. Were Mitt and Ann "running this country" (using their own meaningless phrase here), it would be an unmitigated disaster on every side – both domestic and foreign. Thank God for delivering us from this clueless mess of so-called leaders.

  3. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Mitt probably thought the alien spacecraft would land as the prophecy foretold. After crowning him Presdient of teh world would then transport him and his chosen concubuines and investors to the Planet Kolob for as much MORmON sexy fun as they could stand.

    So sad. Left standing at the altar again Mitt. Maybe had another typo in those magic tablets? Should have had your conference in Adam-ondi-Ahman instead!

    1. As I've often said, the second "m" is always silent.

  4. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Contest: Pick the bigger losing team: Romney-Ryan in 2012 or McCain-Palin in 2008. Romney continues to reinforce the reasons why he should never be President of the United States, wishing that the hurricane hit the East Coast at a more timely moment. Ryan's math didn't add up, and there was nothing charming about him. McCain can't get over the idea of losing (like Romney), but unlike Romney, McCain, as a US Senator, inserts himself into Libya's affairs, Syria, pick a country for the guy to visit and grandstand-- the way that he did during the debt crisis of October 2008. Big on talk, with no action. And then there is Sarah Palin who really is dumb, and in the past five years, she has not done or said one thing to make herself look as if she learned anything.

  5. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Poor Mitt, washed up and irrelevant....kinda like the 47% he looked down on. Oh how Karma works in it's mysterious ways. It's wonderful to see how quickly they fall. Ha Ha Ha

  6. Anonymous1:40 PM

    This man is clueless. He has zero social skills and is embarrassing to watch. Do you remember any other losing candidate putting themselves out in the public like this robot?He has nor has ever had an agenda.We dodged a heat seeking missile with this fiasco .There is something WRONG with this man.She is just a cold,condescending Bitch.

    1. Anonymous2:30 PM

      I bet Queen Ann came up with this idea, to soothe ol' Mittster. He has been down in the dumps since losing to a blah man, so she has to remind him of the glory days, when he was center of attention. Too bad a hurricane does not destroy one of their homes, maybe they would have some empathy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. They could just go to another home, unlike the Sandy victims. Completely out of touch with REAL people. Fake, fake human beings. They are like the Kardasians, money whores, with no inner core of humanity.

    2. With REALLY expensive tastes in t-shirts.

    3. Anonymous2:56 PM

      I heard his carlifts are backordered! There is a traffic jam in his garages.

      Worse yet, his grandson pranked him and shoved his face in a plate of rancid butter that really did smell..

    4. Anonymous4:05 PM

      Really Ugly t-shirts.Like the rest of her clothes.

  7. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Mitt Romney Wishes That Hurricane Sandy Had Never Happened… To Him

    Surely, he realized what he was saying, and quickly corrected himself, taking the full measure of this enormous tragedy, the hundreds killed, the thousands displaced, the homes destroyed.

    “But, you know, you don’t look back and worry about each little thing, and how could that have been different,” Romney continued. “You look forward.”

    Ah, yes, the little things. The music of songbirds, the fragrance of autumn leaves, a 50-foot yacht on your roof.

  8. Anonymous1:44 PM

    Way OT, G, but I thought of you and your GOT fellow fans:

    George R.R. Martin reveals Season 5 plot twists in ‘Game of Thrones’

  9. Beldar Caballo Diablo Conehead1:52 PM

    JUST STOP IT, GRYPHEN!!! (if that's your real name, which a secret report published in this month's 'NSA Gazette' claims it is not!...)

    You've been around the hustly bustly, hurly burly, giggity giggity world of high-stakes transnational politics at the highest level for WAY too long to play the wide-eyed innocent now! CUT IT OUT!!

    You know EXACTLY what MittFest is all about - besides the awesome BBQ and a concert by CDB, an amazing Charlie Daniels tribute band.

    It's no secret that the beating Mittens took in 2012 simply whetted his appetite for more. And Im not talking about the BBQ...




    Ok, seriously, he's just an irrelevant wealthy douchebag, but it's hard to resist mocking him, isn't it?

    1. Anonymous2:32 PM

      Hos old lady, Lovey is a piece of work also.

    2. Which you seem to be quite expert at. Much practice? -:)

    3. Anonymous5:35 AM

      Caballo Diablo, you say?
      Winds of the old days...
      that's no Olympic dancing pony, there.

      la cuerva diabla
      aka thatcrowwoman

    4. Anonymous10:44 AM

      1:52 You sound like an idiot! Mittens would never beat Hillary Clinton - she'd run circles around the guy IF he ran again, which I seriously doubt he will. He's lost how many times already?

  10. Anita Winecooler2:01 PM

    The man showcases his business acumen well! Cindy Crawford said "Hell No!", Romney grabbed his binderfull of women, and the best he could do was Campbell Brown? I'm embarrassed for Campbell, now the world knows she's married to Dan Senor! How embarrassing!!!

    Ahh, the aroma of desperation seems to follow Mitt wherever he goes.

  11. Anonymous2:02 PM

    After the 2012 election, I vaguely remember one of Mitt's five dorky sons announcing that Mitt really didn't want to be president. The whole family lacks social skills nor do they have any reason for Mitt to be president except that he felt it was his turn. Mitt is the most boring person ever to run for any office and he always looks constipated.

    1. Anonymous3:03 PM

      Maybe they all have Asbergers like Willow.

  12. Anonymous2:08 PM

    Could it be a Mormon retreat since it's being held in Utah?

  13. Anonymous2:12 PM

    "I spoke with a leading Democrat, one of the top leaders of the Democratic party and he said, 'I thought you had won, one week out,'" Romney told Fox News' Neil Cavuto on Friday. "This was a very close race."

    What planet was this guy living on? I followed Nate Silver 538, and the race wasn't that close. Close if you counted the the popular vote, not close if you counted electoral votes--which is how we elect the president.

    If Romney was stupid enough to believe he was going to win because one leading Democrat told him that, maybe he had better go over his "presidential qualifications and skills" again. What if that leading Democratic leader was setting Romney up, "Hey, man, we're really psyched because we are so afraid of you. You're going to win, man." Good plan. The good news is that Sarah Palin can fire all of her highly paid consultants. All she needs is for a leading Democratic leader to tell her what's going to happen.

    1. Anonymous2:36 PM

      The Romneys were so certain of victory, they had the party all planned, complete with fireworks!! He had no concession speech ready (he could have borrowed $carah's) What an entitled, repulsive, elitist pair these two are. Queen Ann still sees herself as First Lady, so I think he will be running again in 2016.

    2. Anonymous2:39 PM

      Hey Mitt. Ever had someone feed you a line of Mitt? I mean a line of shit?

      Hope you didn't slack off because you thought you were winning.

      Hope it continues to haunt you, just like the rest of your money.

    3. Hmmmm, what's Alan Grayson's hourly rate?

    4. Anonymous3:57 PM

      As Mitt lied about EVERYTHING, I don't believe that for a minute.Someone was keeping track of Mitt's different lies and in like 60 days he had told 981 Different lies and this was weeks before the election. Even before the mammoth one saying Chrysler was shipping Jeep overseas.Even after the CEO of Chrysler denied the move TWICE ,Mitt wouldn't back down. I don't think he knows what the truth is. He only has his version from the bubble world he lives in.

    5. Anonymous9:15 AM

      The guy is a psychopath. I don't say that as an insult. I say that as a description of a serious personality disorder. In fact, he is classic, textbook case psychopath. People tend to think of psychopaths as axe-murdering serial killers but that is a minority - those are the ones who make headlines. More common is "the psychopath next door" - in fact, I think someone wrote a book with that as the title. These are the Sarah Palins and Mitt Romneys and possibly your crazy boss. Many of the traits associated with psychopaths are described as "success characteristics" in the business world.

    6. Anonymous10:40 AM

      Except that Palin and her husband have supposedly been responsible for some deaths in Palmer/Wasilla...a nurse (baby deliveries), Menard (the father of Track) to start with.

  14. beabea • 2 hours ago3:00 PM

    Mitt, when POTUS told you to "please proceed" I don't think he meant for THIS long, but okay.

  15. ibwilliamsi4:49 PM

    Was Marc Leder there? How about Greg Peterson? I wonder when we can expect to see the video. Not a video of Mittens, but I hope that someone took lots of video that can be released sometime close to election day 2014. It would be like a firebomb.

  16. Anonymous5:15 PM

    Did ArrogANNt let Willow do her hair?

    1. Anita Winecooler7:08 PM

      Nah, a woman of her stature needs to have a long running relationship built on trust to do her coif.
      The signature hairdo in the above photo was done by the world famous hairdresser, Sandy Rafalca.

  17. “I wish the hurricane hadn’t have happened when it did because it gave the president a chance to be presidential,” Romney said in reference to Hurricane Sandy. “But, you know, you don’t look back and worry about each little thing.”

    This makes my blood boil. He wanted people to die and lose property at a time that was more convenient for his sorry campaign.

    1. majii7:30 PM

      All he was interested in was winning, MimiC. He and Ann could see themselves in the White House. This was verified by their telling the Obamas on national TV that "it was their turn." Romney had no viable plan for governing the country, he only wanted the opportunity to be called President Romney. We dodged a hail of bullets in 2012. Romney's plan was to run the WH and the government like a business, something that history has shown is a very bad idea. Most of our presidents haven't come from the business world, and those that did were abject failures like Hoover and George W. Bush.

    2. Anonymous8:23 PM

      Or if the blah man in the White House had just ignored things like Dumbya did, then Mitt would have been ok with the Hurricane striking at a good time for him to get votes.

      Republicans could have obstructed emergency aid and so on.

  18. Romney had no viable plan for governing the country, he only wanted the opportunity to be called President Romney.

    1. Anonymous10:36 AM

      And, I think his wife helped him lose the election. She was entirely too uppity and above the crowd. She would have made a horrid first lady!

  19. So, Romney thinks Obama was elected because of a fortuitous weather-related photo op? Well that explains a lot.

  20. Anonymous5:20 AM

    Romney charged their attendees $5,000 for their meals and space. 200 people attended -- that is a million dollars earned for an event which was "sponsored" by Romney's Solamere.

    However, at the very same time they were holding an investment seminar for Solamere. Who thinks the people who went to the "Lets work together to solve our country's problems" seminar actually were paying for the potential investors to learn about Solamere to attend their retreat?

  21. Anonymous5:56 AM

    Mitt Romney Is Done With Running For President

    “I got my chance,” Mitt tells Fox. “I took my message to the American people. I wasn’t successful.” After two attempts at the White House, there won’t be a third.

    Thank God for that!

  22. Anonymous6:34 AM

    Mitt Romney blames his 2012 defeat on having a cash-strapped campaign. Contain your laughter

    Attention every journalist that is currently trying to write the definitive 2012 presidential campaign retrospective: We finally have the real reason that Mitt Romney failed in his bid to unseat President Obama. In fact, we get the answer straight from the loser presidential runner-up himself.

    The answer? His penny-pinching, underdog campaign simply couldn't keep pace with the cash-fueled machine that was the Obama re-elect:

    Talking about what went wrong, Romney said they didn't get the turnout from minority voters that they needed and he acknowledged his campaign was outmatched by his opponent's massive organization.
    "I think he had as many as 10 times the number of ground workers, paid staff, that we had, because he could afford them and we couldn't," he said.

    Your heart just bleeds for Romney, doesn't it? His scrappy band of underdogs just couldn't compete with the New York Yankees of political turnout operations. And why not? Because Obama could afford 10 times the ground troops, and Romney's threadbare campaign simply couldn't keep pace.

    It's a touching story. It is also complete bullshit.

    According to a campaign finance study by the New York Times, the GOP's big three (the RNC, the Super PAC Restore Our Future, and the Romney campaign) actually outspent the Democratic big three (the DNC, the Super PAC Priorities USA, and the Obama campaign) by about $6.3 million in the election cycle.

    Both candidates enjoyed the benefit of just a shade under a billion dollars each spent on their behalf. Let's state what should be obvious (except, perhaps, to CNN, who inexplicably let Romney's asinine statement go unchallenged): Neither candidate was destitute in this campaign.

    The issue was not that Team Romney's abject poverty denied them the ground game needed to propel the squad to victory—it was simply that Team Romney made it clear fairly early that they didn't give a damn about having a competitive ground game. The Atlantic's Molly Ball noted this two weeks before the election, when she noted, among other things, that Obama had 298 field offices in the three major battlegrounds (Florida, Ohio and Virginia), whereas Romney had ... 117.

    And, of course, team Romney did throw a lot of cash at their ground game. The problem wasn't a lack of resources, as anyone following the story at the time well knows. The problem was glaring ineptitude. ORCA, anyone?

    One cannot totally blame Romney for his somewhat comical attempt to rewrite history, positioning his campaign as the cash-strapped underdog. Shame on CNN, though, for an utter lack of skepticism at what has to be one of the single most idiotic snippets of post-2012 spin that we have read to date.

  23. Anonymous8:50 AM

    Yep, Mitt Romney - Hurricane Sandy's true victim.

  24. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Mitt sure has puffiness under his eyes in the above photo.


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