A candidate’s reaction to election-night defeat is one of any political junkie’s favorite topics of speculation.
Today, anyone still wondering about Mitt Romney can give their imaginations a break.
Netflix released the trailer for “Mitt,” a 90-minute documentary that follows the failed Republican presidential candidate over six years as he campaigns in 2008 and 2012. Directed by Greg Whiteley, the film will debut on Netflix on Jan. 24 at 3 a.m. EST, one week after it premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.
“I just can’t believe you’re going to lose,” one of Romney’s sons says at the start of the trailer.
“Yeah — bad,” the candidate replies.
If the film is as good as the trailer, “Mitt” could be the most intimate portrayal of political campaigning since “Primary” changed the documentary game in 1960, when it shared the fly’s view from the wall of the Wisconsin Democratic primary election contest between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.
In the “Mitt” trailer alone, we see Romney unwinding in hotel rooms, prepping on debate stages, napping on his campaign bus and rolling around in the snow. He admits he “was dying” on the debate stage and compares his candidacy’s to Dan Quayle’s.
Romney lost with 47 percent of the popular vote to incumbent President Barack Obama’s 51 percent on Nov. 6, 2012.
“This may not end well,” a man says off-screen midway through the trailer, referring to Romney ironing a shirt he’s already wearing.
Of course, we all know he’s right in a grander sense, too.