We are about 5 weeks away from the release of Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America by Dan Balz of The Washington Post, but the revisionist history being sold by the Romney family is already making its way into the press.
During a Christmas holiday trip to Hawaii in 2010, the Romney family held a vote. Should Romney, who lost the 2008 presidential primary, run again? Ten of 12 family members voted no — including the candidate. Only Tagg and Ann Romney, Romney’s wife, voted yes.
That’s right…he and 9 other family members were against the idea less than 23 months before the election. Please ignore all of the money being collected for his run at this point…as well as his No Apology book being prepared for paperback release with the bit defending his state-level healthcare program edited in the wake of Obamacare.
Mitt Romney’s reluctance about a race lingered for months after the family vote in Hawaii, Tagg Romney explained.
“Even up until the day before he made the announcement, he was looking for excuses to get out of it,” Tagg Romney is quoted as saying in Collision 2012. “If there had been someone who he thought would have made a better president than he, he would gladly have stepped aside.” (link)
Tagg wants the world to know that his dad just couldn’t think of ANYONE else who could handle the job. So you see he had no choice but to go against his own wishes and those of the vast majority of his family.
We will apparently also learn:
He didn’t realize that his call for “self-deportation” of immigrants who are in the country illegally would be damaging. Romney told Balz that he believed his call for self-deportation was the “compassionate approach.”
On his plan for self-deportation, Romney said, “I still don’t know whether it’s seen as being punitive in the Hispanic community. I mean, I know it is in the Anglo community … I didn’t recognize how negative and punitive that term would be seen by the voting community.” (link)
I guess he was counting on Hispanics seeing the positive and not at ALL punitive side of deportation!
It seems like we will have most of the best nuggets from this book before it actually hits the shelves…but once it does, I will be going straight to the index to see if there is anything there about who suggested Mitt get the bizarre looking tan he sported on Univision: