Republican officials refrained from publicly criticizing Nancy Reagan for [snubbing the Republican convention].
Thank goodness for small favors.
Privately, however, some were upset as well as disappointed by the decision, which has been known to the White House for some time.
"I don't think she could have missed the symbolic significance of her son going to their convention and her not going to ours," a senior GOP official told the Daily News.
Friends of the 83-year-old former First Lady said she is understandably still grieving for her husband, who died June 5 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Of course she is grieving -- and the upcoming Republican convention is an affront to grieving people everywhere. The Republicans are taking the grief of thousands or even millions of people around the globe and twisting that grief into a true-life reproduction of the novel 1984.
A downcast senior GOP official confirmed Nancy Reagan had never committed to appearing at the convention, but was nevertheless dubious of the official explanation.
"The 'not feeling up to it' line is bull----," the official said. "Something happened in the last month, and whatever it was was real."
I can't imagine what.