For the first time since 1989, the losing presidential candidate will not be attending the inauguration.
History notes that Michael Dukakis ate a tuna sandwich and watched the '89 proceedings on television, most likely dressed in an oversized tank gunner's helmet.
We don't know how Mitt Romney is spending his time today, but we do know that he has gone plenty of places in the past few months–places that are, apparently, more important than the events in Washington.
* Like Joe Biden, Romney has taken at least one post-election trip to Costco. He's either hoarding in preparation for the societal breakdown conservatives expect during a second Obama term or he just enjoys buying things in three-packs. Food, clothes or corporations, it hardly matters as long as they come in bulk.
* He's gone to a boxing bout, where he offered one of the fighters the greatest inspirational message since Churchill's "Blood, Sweat and Tears" address: "Hello, Manny. I ran for president. I lost."
* Romney's been spotted at Pizzeria Limone in Salt Lake City, even though it doesn't serve peanut-butter-and-honey sandwiches.
* He took the clan on a hot air balloon ride! Must be way more fun for the grandkids than trips on the car elevator.
* Disneyland, San Diego-area CVSes, gas stations, and airport terminals have all seen their share of "he's just like us!" Romney visits, because he IS just like us, except richer. And losing-ier.
Bottom line: either Mitt Romney is skipping the inauguration because he's a sore loser, or he's skipping it because it just isn't boring enough for him.
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