12/01/2012 05:25 pm ET Updated Jan 31, 2013

A Detached Romney Tends Wounds In Seclusion After Failed White House Bid

SAN DIEGO -- The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan.

Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house here in La Jolla, a moneyed and pristine enclave of San Diego, at noisy construction workers fixing up his next-door neighbor's home, sending regular updates on the renovation. He devours news from 2,600 miles away in Washington about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, shaking his head and wondering what if.

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