What Romney's Been Doing These Last Four Years (thanks for inspiring this post, CG)
I went to the post asking who we believe will win the Presidential election and saw CG write that if we vote based on how the President performed the last four years, we will vote Romney. That made me go googling to see what Romney's been doing since his last bid for Prez. Of course, I chose an excerpt from the Wiki article to post as I find that site easy to understand:
Romney's activities between presidential campaigns
Following the election, Romney paved the way for a possible 2012 presidential campaign by using his Free and Strong America political action committee (PAC) to raise money for other Republican candidates and to pay his existing political staff's salaries and consulting fees. An informal network of former staff and supporters around the nation were eager for him to run again. He continued to give speeches and raise funds for Republicans, but turned down many potential media appearances, fearing overexposure. He also spoke before business, educational, and motivational groups.
He served on the board of directors of Marriott International from 2009 to 2011. (He had earlier served on it from 1993 to 2002, during most of which time he was a member of, and for six years chair of, the board's audit committee. During his time on that committee, Marriott implemented the Son of BOSS tax shelter scheme, which resulted in the company claiming $71 million in losses that federal courts later ruled never existed.)
In 2009, the Romneys sold their primary residence in Belmont and their ski chalet in Utah, leaving them an estate along Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and an oceanfront home in the La Jolla district of San Diego, California, which they had bought the year before. The San Diego home was beneficial in location and climate for Ann Romney's multiple sclerosis therapies and for recovering from her late 2008 diagnosis and lumpectomy for mammary ductal carcinoma in situ. Both it and the New Hampshire location were near some of their grandchildren (who by 2012 numbered eighteen). Romney maintained his voting registration in Massachusetts, however, and bought a smaller condominium in Belmont during 2010.[nb 17] In February 2010, Romney had a minor altercation with LMFAOmember Skyler Gordy, known as Sky Blu, on an airplane flight.[nb 18]
Romney's book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, was released in March 2010; an 18-state book tour was undertaken. The book, which debuted atop The New York Times Best Seller list, avoided anecdotes about his personal or political life in favor of a presentation of his economic and geopolitical views. Earnings from the book were donated to charity.
Immediately following the March 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Romney attacked the landmark legislation as "an unconscionable abuse of power" and said the act should be repealed. The antipathy Republicans felt for it created a potential problem for the former governor, since the new federal law was in many ways similar to the Massachusetts health care reform passed during Romney's term; as one Associated Pressarticle stated, "Obamacare ... looks a lot like Romneycare." While acknowledging that his plan was an imperfect work in progress, Romney did not back away from it, consistently defending the state-level health insurance mandate that underpinned it and saying it was the right answer to Massachusetts' specific problems at the time.
In nationwide opinion polling for the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries, Romney led or placed in the top three with Palin and Huckabee. A January 2010 National Journal survey of political insiders found that a majority of Republican insiders, and a plurality of Democratic insiders, predicted Romney would be the party's 2012 nominee. Romney campaigned heavily for Republican candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, raising more money than the other prospective 2012 Republican presidential candidates. Beginning in early 2011, Romney presented a more relaxed visual image, including rarely wearing a necktie.
In the past four years the only people Romney did anything for who weren't family were the Republicans and the Mormons.* He donated his earnings from his book to charity; I'm going to guess the charity was either the Mormon Church or Brigham Young U., his other favorite charity. Oh, yeah; he earned about $100K for writing that book. If he'd made millions, I doubt he'd have donated it all. 100K is chump change to him so he donated it.
*Disclaimer: When I'm not politicking, I have nothing against Republicans and Mormons (who don't come to my door proselytizing)