Private White House lunch with Obama just had to give Romney indigestion

It had to be more awkward than passing gas in public for Mitt Romney to be at the White House today for lunch with President Obama.

After all, Romney had been hoping to move into the place in January.

Of course, even the Make A Wish folks couldn’t make that dream come true.

Obama invited Romney because it makes the president appear bipartisan while he’s urging Republicans to compromise on his tax plan to skirt the fiscal cliff.

Then again with Romney essentially reduced to a leper in GOP circles, the bipartisan component was more watered down than a mixed drink in a dive bar.

The lunch meeting was closed to the media, which always loves a free lunch.

Apparently the focus of the Obama-Romney discussion wasn’t on why Obama was out to lunch during their first debate.

The lunch conversation focused on America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future. Now there’s a controversial point of contention.

They pledged to stay in touch; particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future.

If Romney does work with the White House in some fashion, it likely would make him even more of a persona non grata with Republicans. But it would bring him back from the political dead before they chisel an epitaph on his tombstone.