If you're wondering how the Romney family is holding up post-election loss, the answer is: not well. Mitt has resorted to retail therapy, and Ann might be the most disappointed Romney of all.
The Washington Post's Phillip Rucker has a furiously reported update on what, exactly, Mitt is doing with all of his free time now that he isn't running a campaign. The answer? Not much. The Atlantic's Molly Ball probably put it best on Twitter: "Mitt Romney is bored."
Rucker's report is filled with heartbreaking line after heartbreaking line chronicling what Romney is doing with himself, culled straight from the CEOs closest to him. That is, what Mitt's doing when he's not having lunch with the President. To help himself deal with the loss, Mitt apparently bought himself (or has been seen driving, at least), "a new black Audi Q7, a luxury SUV manufactured in Slovakia." Retail therapy is an effective and frequently used coping mechanism, at least for this writer. He apparently hasn't decided what he'll do next, but one thing is for sure: "In private, Romney has told friends he has little interest in helping the Republican Party rebuild and rebrand itself," Rucker reports.
But the owner of the most tragic anecdote in the whole story is Mitt's wife, Ann, who really isn't taking things well:
By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.
It's not too much of a surprise, really. She had enough trouble dealing with the campaign. Still, we feel for her, and wish her and her horses the best. It gets better.
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