"Just before you die, remember you got three extra years."
Today’s other big politics story, from the excellent (and occasional GQ contributor) Jason Horowitz at The Washington Post. The dumb crap you do in high school doesn’t, and almost always shouldn’t, matter in a presidential election. Especially when it was a half century ago. All the same… Wow.
Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."
Who’s going to take over NBC’s Smash as showrunner for season two?
EW.com has learned the gig is going to Gossip Girl writer and executive producer Josh Safran.
Safran is expected to take over for Theresa Rebeck, the Broadway veteran who created “Smash” and shepherded the show’s debut season. After NBC gave the Monday night drama an early renewal, the announcement was made that Rebeck would step down from the top post amid viewer criticism about the creative direction of the show. She will remain an executive producer on the project.
I think this is excellent news. I’m a huge fan of “Gossip Girl” especially the first season, perfect season in my opinion. I really like “Smash” but since the pilot, something about the show hasn’t kicked in for me. I think each episode lacks an urgency that made the pilot so compelling. I really like the characters, especially Tom, Ivy and Derek. I like the bonds between characters. Friends feel like friends. However, I find myself tuning out until a song number, which is the best part of the show. Meanwhile, GG has run out of steam. Except for Dan and Blair (hardcore Dair Shipper here) the stakes feel so much lower for the show. I think since they graduated, each episode contrives a way to get them in the same place. Some plots are better than others, but overall the show doesn’t seethe like it used to in seasons 1 and 2. Yay for “Smash” and hopefully GG gets one more season.
This must be mine.
All over this issue.