— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) June 12, 2015
And you thought your weekend looked unappetizing. From the Time article, “Rich Republican Donors Get VIP Retreat Treatment“:
Call it Club Med for the political mega-donors…
The event offers high-profile and high net-worth individuals the opportunity to gather in picturesque Deer Valley, Utah, and the chance to meet with at least six presidential candidates.
Graham and Rubio will be joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. According to the schedule… only Rubio and Graham will lead “enthusiast sessions” — the early morning extra-curricular events for the approximately 250 attendees.
The conference was born in 2012 as a way for donors to mingle with Romney, the then-presumptive Republican presidential nominee…
… but this year, it’s the official rich-WASP GOP-Establishment “Anybody But That Bumbling Retread JEB” donor symposium. Rubio’s handlers will attempt to burnish his shadow-JFK cred with a dawn game of flag football, Graham will attempt to burnish his macho cred by shooting skeet, Mitt will introduce the rising generation — both his son Tagg and Gilead Handmaid-in-Waiting Kelly Ayotte — to his fellow Wall Street machers during
forced marches dawn hikes. And Anne Romney will lead the well-toned wives in Pilates, with the assistance of quasi-journalist and premier Media Village Idiot Mark Halperin. I’m rooting for injuries, or maybe just expecting them (c’mon, Marco playing tackle? Lindsey with a gun? Crazy-Eyes Taggart on a lonely trail with a bunch of jetlagged, hungover hedge fund managers?… )
For the less athletically inclined (or physically capable), Scott “Sockpuppet” Walker will be given a fair chance to assure the assembled moneybags that he’ll show them the same level of care & consideration he’s notorious for providing the Koch brothers, while Fiorina, Christie, and Kasich serve as comic relief / backup pole performers.
Mitt Romney has two things to tell the other candidates at his retreat: 1. I'm running 2. I poisoned your Eggs Benedict
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) June 12, 2015