The last time Willard Mitt Romney was here about 50 Occupy Seattle protesters converged on his hotel, the Grand Hyatt. They carried signs that read, "This is class warfare," "Make Wall Street pay," and "Romney is the 1 percent." The party wouldn't have been complete without ribbing chants of "Corporations are not people," a clear refutation to a statement Willard wished he could have stuffed back in his mouth at the Iowa State Fair.
Let's revisit the day last October that Mitt will surely not repeat when he arrives for a March 1 cocktail fundraiser -- at a yet to be determined venue.
No, they'll be none of that this time around. It would be safe bet that the GOP frontrunner will be drinking (orange juice) somewhere on the east side, where all good Republicans go when they're on the prowl for campaign cash. I've got my dime on Bellevue.
Ticket prices for the event -- which comes two days before the state's GOP caucuses on Saturday March 3 and proceeds the "Super Tuesday" contests on March 6 -- is $1,000 a head and $2,500 for a VIP photo op with the one-time moderate Massachusetts governor.
Newt Gingrich, who is currently busy accusing Romney of once forcing Holocaust survivors to eat non-kosher food, has not yet made plans to visit Washington. Pity. By March 1, the way things are going for him, he'll be in the fetal position. Bet you $10,000.