“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire… to run. If he could have found someone else to take his place… he would have been ecstatic to step aside…(Willard) is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them. He loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.” — Tagg Romney to The Boston Globe on his father’s presidential aspirations.
Charles Pierce: “This is not a man who tolerates disappointment well, not because he burns with ambition and avarice — although he profited for years from very effective simulacrums of ambition and avarice –but, rather, because he rarely has experienced disappointment in his life. He does not want. He expects. [...]
“Look at that sunset out there. That’s his sunset. He paid for it and it belongs to him. He didn’t want it. He expected it. He deserved it. And he got it. Cosmic justice was done. The universe is in balance again and he’s where he belongs, on top, far distant from The Help, who pestered him so rudely over the past five years.
“The presidency was like that sunset. It was something he deserved, because he was rich and well-born, and his job is not to want, because that implies that you might not get the prize — which, my dear young man, simply is not done — but to deserve. He only wants what is his due, which is pretty much everything… But Willard Romney didn’t “want” to be president for any of these reasons, or for any reasons outside the fact that the office was his by right and by birth. That came shining through long before the “47 percent” comment emerged to define him…The president saw the job as something you had to earn, and people caught on, and that pretty much made all the difference. So Tagg was telling the truth. His old man never wanted the job. But he deserved it. And he may never understand why the country so publicly disagreed.”