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Mitt’s Lost Jewish Love

A young Romney’s old girlfriend

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Mary Fisher at the 1992 Republican National Convention.(Emerson Kent/a>)

The Washington Post had a long report today on Mitt Romney’s prep school days at Detroit’s (well, Bloomfield Hills’) Cranbrook School—a fact that does him no favors with Michiganders who didn’t attend—and how he was a bit of a bully. Romney has apologized, but there is a hidden gem buried near the end of the story: Mitt briefly dated a Jewish girl!

The lucky lady was Mary Fisher, the daughter of Max Fisher, who was an enormous philanthropist to Detroit and Jewish organizations and prominently involved in George Romney’s political campaigns.

Mary is no less impressive as a prominent AIDS activist, partly credited with breaking through Republican prejudice against people with AIDS. Norman Mailer wrote in the New Republic of her speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, that “yes, the Republicans were paralyzed before the obscene enigma of AIDS and so when Mary Fisher spoke like an angel that night, the floor was in tears, and conceivably the nation as well.”

What do we know about their passionate romance?

At her house, he watched the James Bond film Goldfinger in the family’s private theater before it was widely released. He reported excitedly back to Friedemann about the theater, noting that the seats even had numbers.

That’s kind of cute(?), and I hope Mitt eventually got a movie theater of his own. But will this help or hurt Romney’s presidential prospects? Why didn’t Obama ever date a Jewish girl? Why did they break up? Did he ever get to second base? These are all stupid questions that still need to be answered.

*Disclosure: my high school and Cranbrook would play soccer and basketball occasionally.

Mitt Romney’s Prep School Classmates Recall Pranks, But Also Troubling Incidents [WaPo]
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yevka says:

This tabloid type tidbit about the girlfriends of multi-billionaires is newsworthy? Amazing.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9258264/Israel-facing-major-West-Bank-uprising-over-Palestinian-hunger-strike.html

Hey, didn’t stop Mussolini…

jcarpenter says:

My (Adrian, MI) high school Sr. Comp./Mod. Lit. teacher, Malcolm Renfro, despised Cranbrook’s superiority complex so much that he had the whole class enter the Detroit News H.S. Writing Contest in _every category:  “I’m so sick of Cranbrook’s winning every year.”  As I recall, we  plebeians fared pretty well that year (1973).  My first place (two categories) gold lapel-pins, and my gold h.s. class ring, I sold last year to supplement my adjunct-instructor’s income . . . .

harold11 says:

The caption under the photo says “Mary Fisher at the 1992 Democratic National Convention”.

The article refers to “her speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention”.

Any proofreaders at tabletmag?

Small thing, but “If you were offended, I apologize …” isn’t an apology, it’s a denial at best and a ‘I laugh at you’ at worst.

harold11 says:

 Thanks for fixing it, tabletmag.

JoanneGilbert says:

What high school did Dan attend?
When?

Hey Joanne,
I attended Roeper in Birmingham. You know the domes on woodward? That was us.

JoanneGilbert says:

Yes–I know Roeper!

My son went to Country Day–lots of his friends went to Roeper.

I spent  lot of time at Cranbrook in the early 80s when Iwas teahing in Highland Park.  I arranged for a special full-scholarship for inner city students to attend. The first beneficiary graduated with honors and went on to become a physician and an attorney!

 What high school did Dan Klein attend?

Mr Mel says:

I’m sure his mother was worried more than hers.

Looks a lot like his current wife.
I suppose some things don’t change.

mahatmacoatmabag says:

Yes Harold , regretably they can’t read, write or spell , but the Tablet is obliged under P.C. laws to employ illegal immigrants from Bonga Bonga !  ROFL

mahatmacoatmabag says:

Mel, she would have been even more worried if he had dated a Jewish Boy ! ROFL

mahatmacoatmabag says:

Is there a Doctor in the House !  & call my Attorney !  ROFL

Crankbrook HS comes in for more ribbing in the great Eminem movie 8 MILE where he mentions one of his rap competitors being from there…

pops07 says:

Other than Dan Klein, is there anyone else on the planet who really cares about this?

What about Obama’s school records?

(if he has any)

altoM5 says:

Nothing can be concluded from this. I could justify and elaborate, but why waste the time?

Dan, did you go to Andover or Detroit Country Day?

Hillary I went to Roeper. My brother went to Andover.

emunadate says:

I hope Romney’s wife will have a positive impact on society like Mary Fisher when he gets into office. Obama and wife hasn’t done much for society…  http://emunadate.blogspot.com/2012/03/daylight-story-of-obama-and-israel.html   

no wonder america became a has been nation! reminds me of the fall of the roman empire. while the barbarians were crashing down the gates, the roman boys were doing each other…..

no but the entire black entertainment community has broken bread with oBUMa. thats  gotta count for something with hus followers.

her parents must have been livid. after the movie that is.

Nissim Lucerna says:


These are all stupid questions that still need to be answered.” If they are stupid, they need no answer. Only in the USA do people morbidly care for such irrelevant stuff in politics. So what if he dated or didn’t date a girl? So what if she was Jewish? It’s an insult to intelligence and humor. 

Nissim Lucerna says:

No, pops07. Nobody else cares. Only an insular American could spend time on such an idiotic  non-issue. 

Nissim Lucerna says:

Why don’t you guys set up a dating and gossip website, and stop the bs here?

dongszkie says:

political campaign is a season of resurrection.  once  you run for a government  position all issues about ones life, no matter how irrelivant and childish, real or imagined, will be resurrected into fresh history which the media bear into peoples mind and awareness..         is that what we call human progress?  or just human instinct to miss the real issue.

She wouldn’t look in the cult’s stovepipe hat with Mitt to see their future.

AlKhalil says:

He has one, and so probably does Joe the plumber, but who cares?

arenstein says:

That moron Fisher named his daughter MARY?  Why not Jesus?

Maybe he likes the name and it had nothing to do with Christianity?

So, what’s it like to live in the shadow of a has been?

leoBr says:

Actually, it was a high quality joke, and the author meant exactly what you said.

leoBr says:

Well, right now Harper made our Canada laughing stock of the world with its Bill C-10… If you’re really a Canadian, that what should be your concern, not the States.

leoBr says:

What about them?

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