Former President George W. Bush winks in the East Room of the White House on Thursday during a ceremony to unveil his portrait.
Credit Carolyn Kaster / AP
What a week it was to have been for Mitt Romney.
But what a week it wasn't.
Poised to triumphantly clinch the Republican nomination for president, Romney instead was upstaged Tuesday by supporter Donald Trump's new birther-on-steroids shtick that stole the headlines and the candidate's big moment.
Then on Thursday, ready to embarrass President Obama by holding a "surprise" press event in front of Solyndra, the Obama-touted California solar energy company that failed after getting a $535 million government loan guarantee, Romney was upstaged yet again.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks past Donald Trump's airplane as he arrives in Las Vegas on Tuesday, where he met with Trump for a fundraiser.
Credit Mary Altaffer / AP
The latest variant of the presidential election parlor game we call "What Were They Thinking?" asks why Mitt Romney chose this moment in his quest for the White House to become involved with Donald Trump.
Here's a contrarian guess by way of an answer: populism. Bear with me for a moment of explanation.
Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 4:54 pm
Junior amateur Sarah Brown tees off on the 13th hole of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Under the current deal that's been negotiated, the club could feature 500 graves, including, eventually, Donald Trump's.