What was the first thing Mitt Romney planned to do if he won on Tuesday night? Apparently, it was to trumpet his own greatness while disturbing people's sleep:
Mitt Romney had planned to celebrate his election as the nation’s 45th president with an eight-minute fireworks display over Boston Harbor.Wait -- his campaign asked for permission to do this as early as 7:00? He was going to celebrate victory before the polls had even closed in about 47 states? Arrogant much, Mitt?
The same company that does some of the illuminations for Boston’s Fourth of July celebration was poised to ignite fireworks within view of Romney's party at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to celebrate a win over President Obama.
A permit filed with the City of Boston said the detonation could occur any time between 7 p.m. Tuesday, just after the first polls closed, and 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, which ended up being just before Romney conceded the race.
And he was prepared to do this as late as 12:30 in the morning? It was a Tuesday night, Mitt. I know you haven't had a job in years, but some people have to go to school or work in the morning. They need sleep.
Yes, Barack Obama had victory celebrations in Chicago -- but he was celebrating in a city that supported him (Cook County in Illinois gave Obama 76% of its vote in 2008 and 74% this year; Suffolk County in Massachusetts gave Romney just under 21% of its vote.)
Then again, when it comes to engaging in triumphalism in the presence of people whose hopes he's dashed, Romney has done far worse. Recall what an Ampad worker said about Mitt in a Priorities USA ad that was devastatingly effective in Ohio:
"Out of the blue one day, we were told to build a 30-foot stage. Gathered the guys, and we built that 30-foot stage, not knowing what it was for. Just days later, all three shifts were told to assemble in the warehouse.Compared to that, this would have been only mildly dickish.
A group of people walked out on that stage, and told us that the plant is now closed, and all of you are fired. I looked both ways, I looked at the crowd, and we all just lost our jobs. We don’t have an income.
Mitt Romney made over a hundred million dollars by shutting down our plant, and devastated our lives.
"Turns out that when we built that stage, it was like building my own coffin. And it just made me sick."