From quotes encouraging people to look on the bright side of rape, to absolute mental meltdowns, 2012 was a truly great year for foot-in-mouth disease. How great? Michele Bachmann didn’t even make the top 10!
Without further ado, here’s a look at ten things that should never have been said.
10. “[Mitt Romney] wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve ever met in my life. He had no desire to…run.”
Mitt Romney started running for president in 2006. He spent $50 million of his own money and reversed pretty much every position he ever held in his life, simply for the chance to be president. On election night, he had fireworks at the ready for the moment when he was
coronated elected president.
Now that he isn’t president, his son, Tagg, is claiming that Mitt never wanted to be president anyhow. That he really didn’t want to run, and only did so because there was literally not another person in America who would be as awesome a president as Mitt would. Also, Tagg reports that Mitt never wanted the grapes that he wasn’t able to reach, because they were probably sour.
The Romney campaign’s demise has been a font of Schadenfreude for those who voted against him. From the debacle that was Mitt’s get-out-the-vote effort, to the lamentation of Mitt that President Obama had won thanks to “free stuff,” camp Romney has been steadily producing the sweet tears of unfathomable sadness for almost two straight months.
Still, Tagg’s quote is perhaps the perfect synecdoche for the entire Romney for President effort. Transparently false, aimed poorly and arrogant to the last, Tagg Romney has written Mitt’s political epitaph: “He never actually was interested in politics.” For a man who was both pro-choice and anti-choice, pro–gay rights and anti–gay rights, pro–universal health care and anti–universal health care, this is one perfect, final reversal. Indeed, in this case, the Romneys are with America — we didn’t really want Mitt to be president, either.
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