Mitt Comes to Mix ‘N Mingle in Washington

June 7, 2007 at 11:07 pm 6 comments

Tonight Mitt Romney attended a Young Professionals for Mitt event at the Sewall-Belmont House by the Capitol which was well-attended by Hill staffers and other eager Republican minds. Even some Democrats were in attendance as one lady I met was there to figure out why her husband was so enamored of Romney. (The answer lies in fiscal discipline!) Mitt gave a stirring address at the podium about the surge in momentum the campaign is getting with McCain and Giuliani dropping out of the Iowa straw polls and discussed how Asia is the new frontier for our nation. There are billions of Asian consumers whom we can supply all sorts of goods and services. This theme of dealing with China is new for the Romney campaign and one that he championed in Tuesday’s debate on CNN. This is the first campaign slogan out of the Republican field with weight. Going to the moon and defeating communism were at points in history nothing but lofty visions of new frontiers, but Mitt is onto something looking ahead.


His best joke of the night, apart from the spirited jabs at McCain, was the following:

“So I was asking my wife Ann if she ever thought in her wildest dreams I would be running to be the President of the United States. She told me, ‘Mitt, you were never in my wildest dreams.'”

The wit shown here far outshone that of the guy in the band that hit on my DH’s coworker at the hors d’oeuvres table before they started rocking out. He came up to her as she was reaching for a carrot and said, “Mind if I reach for a date?” She gave him a look that spoke volumes. He whipped out, “Gotta dream, ” or some other such lame self-defense mechanism and quickly jaunted away with the lead singer who appeared to have double-dog dared his band mate to lay down that fine pick-up line.

Mitt also discussed his alarm that Hillary Clinton is becoming the centrist of the Democratic presidential candidates:

Hill talk

The campaign reached their fundraising goal for the night but wanted to have more bodies, so we were given free tickets and asked to be bodies. Anything we can do to help.  The crowd was huge by the time I left:

Sip sip mingle mingle

It only feels appropriate that I donate again to Mitt Romney For President based naturally upon his inspired leadership and no-nonsense approach and the sheer amount of San Pellegrino and bite-sized delicacies I consumed. For the hour that the crowd was building before Mitt took the stage, I think I was the only mingler saying yes to each of the trays brought my way. From his finance director down to the event management crew picking the chocolate in which the strawberries were dipped, the right choices are being made for this campaign.


Entry filed under: Commentary, Current Events, JL's Posts, Living History, Mitt Romney, Politics.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lemare  |  June 8, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    I’m glad to hear there are libations for the non-Mormons… they’ll be much more likely to part with their money…

    Kind of like the effect that a strawberry dipped in fine chocolate has on me.

  • 2. David Charbonneau  |  June 8, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    It’s a nice recap of the evening, however I feel compelled to correct one misstatement. I am the bass player for Heathers Headache, the band that played the fundraiser. I can assure that it was not a band member that tried that awful pickup line. I cannot say who it was, but I know it was not any of us.

  • 3. JL  |  June 9, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    David, so sorry to misplace the quote. The two culprits were wearing all black like the members of Heather’s Headache so I falsely attributed the comment. Let us officially clear your band’s name for all IRF readers.

  • 4. Aaron  |  June 9, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    I agree, it was a great event. how many would you guess were there? I had a hard tiime telling

  • 5. JL  |  June 9, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    My guess would be over 200 people. I’m interested how many people attended the Leadership Reception before Mitt addressed everyone in the tent. You could qualify for that by contributing $1,000. It was a fun mix of people though, and not nearly as homogeneous as I expected. Mitt’s base is expanding beyond BYU grads.

  • 6. JL  |  June 10, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    The final number from Craig Romney on Five Brothers was 300 people.


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