Even the overseas media are quoting him these days. The Daily Mail of London, for example, screamed: "Tagg Romney makes shocking revelation". Some Brits complained that Mitt had only succeeded in wasting a lot of conservatives' time.
Shocking? Well, yes and no. Tagg, after all, is the same son who once declared that he felt like punching President Obama during the course of the presidential debate with Dad Mitt. As the hostile action of some conservatives goes, that remark was good enough to downgrade the fury of Rick Santorum's disclosure that a speech by President Kennedy made him want to puke.
For anyone caught up in holiday shopping or gift returns, the critical secret revealed by Tagg went like this:
"He (Papa) 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. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn't love the attention.""Yeah, right," declared blogger Daily Kos, which further noted that Mitt Romney was "preparing to run for President of the United States even before he took the oath of office as Governor of Massachusetts 10 years ago."
Tagg blames himself and Mom Ann for pressing Mitt onto the painful martyr's path to save the country from the Obama menace. And as far as Mitt's failure to find "someone else to take his place" there was a phalanx of eager others on the GOP debate stage who would have gladly accommodated his hunger for privacy.
NOTE: Grumpy's column on the state of today's newspapers is posted on Plunderbund.