RICHMOND

When first discussing the Obama takeover, Jon Stewart defined the life and career of former Vice President Dick Cheney succinctly, by saying if you think you know Dick Cheney, then "You don't know Dick."

He could have used a more polite cliché to define his prey. Perhaps, like a leopard, Dick Cheney couldn't change his spots and would never try in the first place.

As the Cheney family's shenanigans have recently revealed, nobody should venture into their cage, feeding time or not.

And now we have another revelation about a central figure in American politics, one who has been with us for several years and seems to be contemplating another go at the White House despite two spectacular failures. The release of the documentary simply titled "Mitt," offers new insight into Mitt Romney, a man not content to sit on his $200 million nest egg and whittle on a stick.

The new documentary was produced by a fellow Mormon, 44-year-old Greg Whiteley, who had to mortgage his house in order to capture on film Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 campaigns for the presidency.

The film opens in 2006 when Romney sat with his wife, Ann, and their five sons discussing whether he should throw his hat into the ring. The consensus was that the country needed a person like Mitt to straighten out its financial messes and its social misapprehensions, since he had done so well for his own family and had the tickets to apply all his positive attributes to the nation as a whole.

People who have seen the documentary have been surprised by the humanity of the man who so many voters regarded as a shirt stuffed with pompousness. It shows him praying on the floor of hotel rooms and being ignorantly snide about Michael Dukakis, whom he describes as a loser who "can't get a job mowing lawns."

People were surprised that Mitt came to see the film at a public showing where outsiders could see his reaction to events in the film. There have been rumors that Romney, now in his 66th year, is pondering a third run for the presidency now that Gov. Chris Christie has crossed a dangerous bridge in his non-campaign.

One of the major stumbling blocks for Romney during the campaign was his talk before an audience of millionaires and billionaires in which he wrote off the 47 percent of Americans who, he stated, "believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. And the government gives it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."

It might be hard to believe, but Mitt Romney seemed pretty sure on election day that he was going to be the next president of the United States. But as the night rolled in, so did the telephone reports and while listening to one of them, Romney's face showed the reality of his defeat. "Boy, all those states, huh," he says to the caller, "Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada."

Ave alle etva, Willard Mitt Romney.

Milton Bass is a regular Eagle
contributor.