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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:51 PM

Dana Milbank: At Romney Headquarters, The defeat of the 1 percent

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-at-romney-headquarters-the-defeat-of-the-1-percent/2012/11/07/857d00f6-284a-11e2-96b6-8e6a7524553f_story.html


Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney, left, and vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his wife Janna, right, wave to supporters after Romney conceded the race during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

By Dana Milbank, Published: November 6

BOSTON

It was a victory party fit for the 1 percent.

Over in Chicago, the Obama campaign had invited 10,000 to fill the floor of the McCormick Place convention center. But here in Boston, Mitt Romney favored a more genteel soiree for an exclusive crowd.

Romney’s election-night event was in a ballroom at the Boston Exhibition and Convention Center that could accommodate a few hundred. Most men wore jacket and tie; women donned dresses and heels. Secret Service agents blocked reporters from mixing with the Romney supporters as they sipped cocktails and nibbled canapes.

Outside the ballroom, waiters in black tie tended bar, and Jumbotrons showed the election results on Fox News. Downstairs, Romney’s big donors assembled in private rooms for finer fare; guards admitted only those whose credentials said “National Finance Committee.”

“We’re going to have a great celebration here tonight,” Romney adviser Ed Gillespie told the crowd as early results trickled in.

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cbayer Nov 2012 OP
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #1
enough Nov 2012 #2
madaboutharry Nov 2012 #3
cleduc Nov 2012 #4
cbayer Nov 2012 #5
Rose Siding Nov 2012 #7
The Wielding Truth Nov 2012 #8
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #6

Response to cbayer (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:58 PM

1. Biggest Losers -- new political reality show

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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:59 PM

2. Sipping and nibbling. That's how the 1% do it. (nt)

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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:02 PM

3. Mrs. Ryan looks the most disappointed.

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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:41 PM

4. I found that a very satisfying read

It affirmed much of what I thought about the man.

"Most men wore jacket and tie; women donned dresses and heels. Secret Service agents blocked reporters from mixing with the Romney supporters as they sipped cocktails and nibbled canapes."

"Downstairs, Romney’s big donors assembled in private rooms for finer fare; guards admitted only those whose credentials said “National Finance Committee.”

" fretted about a second Obama term (“I don’t want him to feel like he has a mandate”)."

"“Assuming I win, one of the benefits is . . . to get another Weimaraner,” he disclosed when asked about puppy rumors.

So, one of his first gestures as president-elect would be to purchase a pricey hunting dog once bred by European royalty?

In that sense, Romney’s election-night celebration was a fitting coda to his presidential bid: It abandoned any pretense of being a campaign for the common man."

"Then there was Romney’s fete — for which reporters were charged $1,000 a seat. The very location set the candidate and his well-heeled supporters apart from the masses: "



Take that in and then think about President Obama's rally. I doubt that crowd would get tears of joy on their canapes.

And that has always been something that has struck me when watching the crowds of the two men. In Obama's crowds, you often see adoring faces, energy and uplifting emotion. In Romney's crowds, they either seem placid and emotionless or fired up with hate.

Good riddance to that lying son of a bitch who didn't get the coronation his rich buddies tried to buy for him.

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Response to cleduc (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:43 PM

5. Great post. Thanks for weighing in so thoughtfully.

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Response to cleduc (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:17 PM

7. I was aghast to learn he planned to charge the press a grand for access right off the bat

We really dodged a bullet.

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Response to Rose Siding (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:39 PM

8. "We really dodged a bullet."OMG!YES! This is obscene. 1% elitists all the way!

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:46 PM

6. God, those comments at the bottom are gold

Love all the "Going Galt" threats from the basement keyboard warriors...They think they're on the same level as Romney-Ryan and their billionaire backers, when in real life they wouldn't be allowed into the convention center to even clean the toilets...

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