In their view, the loser should not be breaking bread with Barack Obama but still breaking heads. (Four years later, John McCain is showing how it’s done.)
Soon after the election, the President noted that Romney “did a terrific job running the Olympics...That skill set of trying to figure out how to make something work better applies to the federal government...
“He presented some ideas during the course of the campaign that I actually agree with. And so it’d be interesting to talk to him.”
Significantly, Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan won’t be joining them at the table. He’s too busy trying to make Democrats eat crow on the fiscal cliff.
If the former foes savor irony, one subject over lunch could be the new Gallup Poll showing that a majority of Americans now want the federal government to stay out of healthcare coverage, backing one of Romney’s campaign contentions.
Then again, until the very end, Gallup kept predicting that Romney would be hosting White House lunches next year.
Update: His chief strategist defends Romney’s run in the Washington Post, acknowledging he was “never a favorite of D.C.’s green-room crowd or, frankly, of many politicians.
“That’s why, a year ago, so few of those people thought that he would win the Republican nomination. But that was indicative not of any failing of Romney’s but of how out of touch so many were in Washington and in the professional political class. Nobody liked Romney except voters.”
Except on November 6 not nearly enough of them.