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Romney Declines To Discuss Wealth Disparity Unless It’s In ‘Quiet Rooms’

Nothin wrong with havin a few coins in the ol pocket now is there, guvnah?

Now listen here, Mitt Romney would just like to say, it is awfully unsporting of Barack Obama to go jaunting about on his campaign trail rousing mischief among the rabble and inciting their passions until they are envious of Mittens’ lovely piles of money. MANNERS. The correct way to address this dirty business of the wealth gap is NOT to go around discussing other peoples’ money in company, BARACK OBAMA, but instead, says Mitt Romney, to “talk about those things in quiet rooms.”

From an interview on NBC via WaPo:

MATT LAUER: Are there no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it being seen as envy, though?

ROMNEY: I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.

Oh, Mitt Romney, he is the dearest soul an opposition researcher could have ever wished for. [WaPo]

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  1. Barb

    In quiet rooms where the poor people and those you are about to give the pink slip to can't hear you.

    1. Sharkey

      We put him in a quiet room having to have private conversations with all the people he's ALREADY fucked over and… that should keep him busy till 2017 or so.

    2. cheaphits

      Yeah, I bet ol' Willard is ready for a quiet room where he can count his money and ponder those golden tablets Jesus left in a creek in Pennsylvania {isn't that right?…I'm not too up on my LDS lore)..

      Put Willard in a "quiet room", Huntsman in a safe room (with some weed?) and the rest of them in a padded cell.

    3. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

      You can have an "outplacement" firm fire them quietly by webcam. That's the civilized thing to do. Even better, just have them watch a video.

    4. Rosie_Scenario

      Can we also stop discussing religion and politics at the dinner table? That can be so awkward. Emily Post does not approve.

  2. nounverb911

    Just finally admit that you're a rich bastard already and maybe we might almost have some respect for you.

    But don't count on it.

    1. Donner, Party of 1

      Who among us isn't a rich bastard? But most of us didn't make hundreds of millions of dollars by destroying the livelihoods of little people, by destroying good paying union jobs and replacing them with minimum wage clerical and delivery jobs.

  3. MrFizzy

    That ain't all he's doing in quiet rooms. Look at those soft white mormon hands – perfect for an alcohol-free wanking session. Wonder what he's looking at – a portrait of Salmon P. Chase?

      1. Blueb4sunrise

        In any case, no, I don't think so…or another joke has zoomed right past me.

        1. SorosBot

          Was an anti-semitic
          conspiracy theorist,
          and spammer,
          who used to annoy th
          e Wonkette while writing
          in strange, haiku-ish

      2. SorosBot

        I think he(?) was finally banhammered a month or two ago; either that or he(?) got bored with spamming us and left.

        1. Jukesgrrl

          Well, A rat. A rat named Willard Marriott. Yes, THAT Marriott. A great friend and fellow Mormon/Millionaire of Mitt's dad, the former governor. How they got Mitt out of Willard, only they know.

          1. Rosie_Scenario

            Wow! So his nickname could have been "Mario" instead of Mitt, except tthat it sounds Eye-talian. Can't have that and Mittens it was.

      1. MissTaken

        Wow, you all went to Willard the Rat King. I generally think of Willard Scott and have a strange urge for Smuckers.

    1. Negropolis

      Some backstory…Mitt was actually named after J. William Marriott, founder of Marriott, of course, and his dad's cousin Milt "Mitt" Romney, a pro-football player mostly with Da Bears.

  4. noodlesalad

    So this is what happens when you combine Donald Trump's love for his employees with Marie Antoinette's compassion for the public. Let them eat fudge, Mittens. Let them eat fudge.

  5. rocktonsam

    We know how Mittens feels about the green and pink.

    I'm curious to hear how he feels about the browns

    1. Negropolis

      Isn't there some story that when the Mormon president declared that blacks were to be folded into the church family, that he was driving his car, pulled it over to the side of the road, and praised the Lord? Maybe I heard it wrong, but even if I heard it right, I call bullshit. Mitt driving himself? Yeah, right.

  6. Jukesgrrl

    If Romney wants the election process to be held in hushed tones, he'll have to pull the plug on his buddy Rush. Anywhere his voice is heard is NOT a quiet room.

  7. smashedinhat

    Dr. Zoidberg: How do I look?
    Bender: Like whale barf.
    Dr. Zoidberg: Then the illusion is complete.

    1. emmelemm

      Reminds me of one of my favorite (for no particular reason) quotes of all time:

      Paul Winfield: "How do I look?"
      Lance Henriksen: "Like shit, boss."

  8. GuanoFaucet

    I really wish all discussion of Mitt Romney took place in quiet rooms so I wouldn't have to hear another word about that dumbfuck asshole.

    1. SorosBot

      I see Mitt in a smokey room, smells of whine and cheap perfume, he goes on and on and on (he's boring)….

  9. Radiotherapy

    In quiet rooms, laughing and tinkling champagne glasses and lighting cigars with $100 bills.
    Shhh, Mr. President, you stupid n***er, keep it on the down low about the economic inequality of the last 30 years.

  10. Beetagger

    My god, check out the sausage fingers on that guy! Glad he became a billionaire asshole instead of a proctologist.

  11. memzilla

    ‘‘When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘whose?’’’ – Don Marquis

  12. io9k9s

    Of course, "Your just jealous"' is the passive-aggressive's 2nd favorite defense, just behind the "I am rubber you are glue"

    1. Fare la Volpe

      I used to moderate a website that allowed its members to post naked pictures of themselves for other members to gawk and swoon over (What's that? Is that the sound of you judging me? Didn't think so).

      The minute a camwhore responded to criticism with "You just hate me cuz you're jealous," we dropped an instant banhammer. Someone needs to tell Mittens that if he's going to show his wittle pee pee in public and dance for pennies, he has to play by the rules like all the other whores.

        1. Fare la Volpe

          Papa Bear! *running tackle hug*

          I didn't get to thank you for the New Year wishes. How were your own festitivies? Hopefully your night was filled with lots of kisses and/or porn. I know mine was full of one.

  13. memzilla

    Funny how the Entitled Class, like Mitt, calls the benefits everyone else gets "Entitlements" and wants to cut them to the bone.

    Call the munniez of the Entitled Class "Vulture Capitalism," and you're a socialist muslin anti-murrican nazi communist.

    1. yyyaz

      And I, for one, am proud of it, too. Until my kids have to bury me on their nickel, anyway. Damned conscience.

  14. Rotundo_

    It's always amusing to see the wealthy calling for decorum and civility. Usually it's after shafting someone badly enough to make them pick up a pitchfork and have a somewhat less than decorous and civil conversation about living wages or a place to live and food to eat. It's why they get a little testy when confronted about it in a direct manner. They are usually good enough students of history to remember the French solution to these sorts of issues. The truly stupid ones usually don't and are a little more boorish about the conversation with their so called inferiors.

      1. KenLayIsAlive

        I don't know about Lafayette Square, but luckily Zuccotti Park is sloped in such a way that all the heads will simply roll into a big pile along Church street. Clean up couldn't be easier. Those #OWS folks really have everything all figured out.

  15. SoBeach

    It's okay to talk about it. As long as it's just us rich and powerful talking. For goodness sake, we don't want to upset the rabble. You know how they get.

  16. LesBontemps

    I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of his campaign rally.

    And we just can't have the masses involved in that sort of discussion. Because if they actually heard what was said in those quiet rooms, there would be a run on pitchforks, torches and stout rope.

    Hey … business plan!

    1. Pithaughn

      And of course, remind the 1% that most bullets can only kill one person at most. While even a below average pitchfork has thousands of deadly thrusts in its lifetime.
      psst… that is why the masses always win.

  17. MzNicky

    "quiet rooms"? Like, "the baby's nursery"? "classrooms where children are taking their achievement tests"? "padded cells"? Maybe he meant "smoke-filled rooms" and just got confused?

  18. GuanoFaucet

    So long as we can bring along some pitchforks and torches, I'm ok with having these discussions in a quiet room.

  19. raygotaway

    That's funny, I thought Matt Lauer's contract stipulated he only
    had to interview douchebags in the summer months.

  20. DonnyKerabotsos

    Of course, Mitt. In quiet rooms.

    Quiet rooms with polished Italian marble floors covered by thick and tasteful hand-woven Persian carpets. Quiet rooms with gleaming mahogany paneling, and enormous leather sofas and high fresco ceilings. Quiet rooms with massive hand made stained glass windows. Quiet rooms with uniformed servants presenting rare single malt scotch in hand carved crystal on engraved silver trays. Quiet rooms where the air is scented with the aroma of handmade Cuban cigars. Quiet rooms where the insiders and the connected conduct sleazy financial transactions worth millions with a wink and an nod. But not with a smile.

    But above all, quietly. Because anything else would just be vulgar.

    1. Gunner Asch

      THAT's the new look in the living room I was searching for! Now I don't have to save up to buy that copy of Martha Stewart's Living for ideas.

    2. Negropolis

      Holy effing scat! I am not even exaggerating at all when I call this the comment of the year thus far. Brilliant. And, I haven't even noticed you around here.

      But above all, quietly. Because anything else would just be vulgar.

      I nearly fainted from the quality of the snark. You just completely deconstructed this fake motherfucker in a single paragraph. Well played, good sir. Well played.

  21. Callyson

    Other topics Mittens thinks should only be discussed in quiet rooms:
    His record at Bain Capital
    His tax returns
    His position on birth control
    His reason for wanting to be president

  22. BigDumbRedDog

    Talking about money is so uncouth. Nobody who has money ever wants to talk about it. I, on the other hand, talk of little else.
    "When am I getting payed my money?"
    "Why is there no money in my account?"
    "Where am I going to find the money to pay that vet bill?"
    "Shut the fuck up and put all the motherfucking money in the motherfucking bag!"
    I hardly ever say that last one. Once a month at most.

  23. pinkocommi

    "It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach…."

    You are so right, Mittens. I ENVY your ability to afford healthcare. I ENVY your lack of concern for how in the world you are going to pay this month's mortgage or rent on any of your 5 or more multi-million dollar homes. I ENVY your ability to own a private aircraft and fleet of cars without wondering how you are going to able to pay to fill up the tank with gas prices being so high. I ENVY your ability to pay to send your many children to private schools, colleges and graduate schools of their choice. It has nothing to do with the fundamental belief that it is unfair for you to have so much when others have so little. (eyeroll)

  24. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    The poor should be seen and not heard.

    Actually, they shouldn't be seen either.

    –Mitt Romney.

      1. RavenRant

        But then who would scrub our toilets, tend our lawns, who would cook and clean? Robotics simply isn't advanced enough or cost-effective enough for us to eliminate the poor.


          1. RavenRant

            I think the Republicans want lots and lots of poor folk. The more desperate, the better.

            You can't be a feudal lord without serfs, amirite? Henngghhh!?!

    1. Negropolis

      Until they figure out how to replace us entirely with robots or clones or whatever in the fuck, they will need us.

  25. Sharkey

    Hey my friends, Mittbott doesn't smoke and doesn't drink and only has sex with his wives for procreation so don't read too much into this "quiet room" thing.

  26. ttommyunger

    If I could spend 15 minutes alone with Mitt in a quiet room, with no doorknobs, furniture or windows, I would change his World View, his Religion and his dental chart.

  27. finallyhappy

    my moronic brother in law thinks this guy is a real challenge to the President. Of course, my bil also uses racist slurs so any white guy would do for him.

    1. RavenRant

      I made the mistake of reading the comments at some wingnut site. They were all over the moon about how Gingrich was going to make mincemeat out of Obama in the debates.

      Wingnut World bears little resemblance to our Earth.

  28. DarwinianDemon

    Talking about money is rude….unless it is about how all the blahs and poors are taking all mine!

  29. flamingpdog

    You know, I think it’s about envy.

    Poor Mitt, doesn't he realize his whole "I have to own everything in the whole world" stance is just another sad case of penis envy.

    1. PalinzADummy

      Your question is irrelevant.

      The MittBot 3000 does not come with a PENIS module. Therefore the MittBot 3000 does not realize anything that relates to the PENIS module.

  30. chascates

    The poorz are just jealous. If they had the gumption they would have been born into prosperous families, gone to good schools, and used those connections to advance themselves. Ronaldus Magnus said America should always remain a place where a person could get rich. Regardless of the cost to the rest of us.

  31. Bluestatelibel

    Prison cells are quiet rooms – and hopefully that's exactly where Mitt and the rest of the 1% will find themselves quietly discussing their wealth to their hearts' content.

  32. fuflans

    can someone give me some confidence that this tool is not going to be our next president?

    i am fragile tonight.

    1. Bluestatelibel

      Obama will just romp on him, it's just hard to see how this guy has a chance. He can't open his mouth without saying something howling out-of-touch, his own base distrusts him, and he's been running for the last five years and still couldn't crack 40 percent in New Hampshire, his own home base. Sleep well tonight.

      1. emmelemm

        And yet, you've forgotten the President is blah.

        Sorry, fuflans, I know we're supposed to be comforting…

    2. RavenRant

      He is viscerally unlikeable. W managed to portray a sort of aw-shucks, down home demeanor that people fell for. It was totally fake, of course, and once the office was acquired, the sociopath dropped his mask fairly often.

      But Romney can't pull off charm. He can't even pull off 'carbon based life form.' I think Obama's a safe bet.

        1. RavenRant

          I said he can't pull off 'carbon based life form.' CBL remains pure and unsullied!

          That is a great name for a band, though.

      1. SorosBot

        I still don't understand how people fell for his down home demeanor, since he successfully passed himself off as a country-fried fratboy asshole no intelligent person would want as a President; his election was like coming to the realization that some people actually like Dave Matthews, Maroon 5, Train or Bruno Mars.

    3. C_R_Eature

      Just go and watch a few of his speeches and/or campaign events. After 5 minutes or less with this guy he gets about as appealing as John Wayne Gacey. In full Clown makeup, holding an axe. He even gives Republicans the willies and I bet he has to pay people to hang out with him.

    4. memzilla

      Maybe a vicious unsubstantiated rumor will start spreading… perhaps from a notorious libtard website… that there is a touch of the octaroon in Mitten's blood. That oughta play real well with his base.

      1. Negropolis

        If we repeat "his daddy was a Messican" enough, will it stick with the wingtards? Plus, he was born in Detroit, so he at least has to be part blah, right?

    5. Dudleydidwrong

      I'm still not convinced that the Christian US Taliban will vote for a Mormon in great numbers.
      The others in the Republican clown candidate car have done a good job of stirring up some dirt on the guy – think Bain Capital – and I'm betting that there is more to come.
      The guy is about as charismatic as the cardboard tube inside a toilet paper roll so one has to question how he'll do in honest debate and on the campaign trail when he doesn't have five other morons to attract (some) attention.

      That's the best I can do for now…

    6. flamingpdog

      Foof, the only way the Mittster is going to win in November is if he keeps his mouth shut until after election day. Every time he opens his mouth these days, it's just more higher-level santorum that spews out. This guy ain't Dubya, that is, he isn't a clownish, seriously mentally-ill boob – he's a more photogenic Dick Cheney, a fabulously wealthy Ted Bundy. And the majority of Americans hated Dick Cheney almost from Day 1. And the more Americans see and hear Willard, the more they're gonna think "Dick Cheney" with a better 'do.

    7. LiveToServeYa

      Well, 'Mormon' spelled backwards is 'Nom-Rom', so his faith will eat his chances. Um. That's all I got, sorry.

    8. gurukalehuru

      He may not even be the nominee. He didn't get 50% in New Hampshire, it's entirely possible that he won't get 50% ANYWHERE, which means he goes to the convention with less than 50% of the delegates.

  33. weejee

    If Mittens wants a quiet room, let's toss him down into an EyeRak Saadum Whosane official spider hole. Maybe with a cobra or three so the nights won't be so lonely.

  34. upthruster

    Listen to him..Mittens is still trying to make this issue about his money and not about the fact that he's a fucker to his fellow man. Now he's parading his sons all over the campaign media tour. I guess to prove he at one time had sperm or something and that a woman actually allowed herself to be the vessel of his required male morman progeny.

    "See, I have sons! Lots of them! That means I'm a good person. So focus on my "happy" children and not me or HOW my dad and me got so rich."

    1. Negropolis

      I know I keep harping on this, but Mitt wishes he was half the man George was. George worked for his money, or at least worked hard enough up to the point of being able to position himself to fall into it.

    2. Bluestatelibel

      He might have to kick little Tagg to the curb however, since Tagg's a partner in vulture equity Solamere, which is now being accused of a ponzi scheme…more to come.

  35. JackDempsey1

    Is the quiet room where they dispense the hush money?

    Real Americans prefer our money to be like our women—loud and easy.

    1. fuflans

      after my afternoon meltdown wherein i convinced myself that americans are so bloody stupid they might actually vote for this guy, i got stuck in barry traffic.

      then i felt much better.

    2. Negropolis

      I think that's the problem. Fortunately for us, the fucker is trying way too hard, and that has usually been Mitt's downfall. Wait 'till he actually has to be stacked up against the president. The pissants he's dealing with, now, are nothing in comparison.

  36. KenLayIsAlive

    Hey Mittens, it might be a little early to hear your thoughts on "jealousy." It's just that I have a feeling you're going to be more acquainted with that feeling come November.

  37. Steverino247

    "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich asshole to enter into the kingdom of God."

    Or, let's hope, the White House.

  38. owhatever

    The vulture flew in to the quiet room. Said, let's buy that company, break the union, fire everybody, raid the pension plan, sell everything and pocket millions in profit. The other vultures cackled quietly in agreement. Shhhh.

  39. Chet Kincaid

    "Let us go then, Barack and I,
    When the voters are so burned out, they lie
    Like a peasant drunk and snoozing in the stables;
    Let us go, through gated and secluded streets,
    The opulent retreats
    Of restless oligarchs in lush hotels
    And 5-star restaurants filled up with swells.
    There we'll take up the tedious argument
    Over distributive intent —
    Not shout in microphones such awkward questions!
    Oh, do not ask, 'Whose income is it?'
    You will make the privileged fidget!"

    In a quiet room, Mitt comes and goes
    Talking of letting workers go.

        1. RavenRant

          I usually think of 'herding cats' in reference to democrats, but I just realized that the repubs are in such disarray, their party so fractured along its various fault lines, that it describes them perfectly.

          My only fear is that dems find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

          1. user-of-owls

            *Grabs your wide lapels and shakes, knocking off your fedora.*

            "Who told you about dem cats? Who?!"

          2. user-of-owls

            Oh, tryin' ta get smart, are ya? Hey Lefty, how do we like smart guys around deez parts? Dat's right, Lefty, we don't like 'em at all. Now, dish on da mug what told you about deez so-called cats or it's concrete galoshes for you, yellerbelly!

    1. fuflans

      man chet that was brilliant. and look how this suits our mitt (this is one of my favorites, i used it a while back for auditions…):

      No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
      Am an attendant lord, one that will do
      To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
      Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
      Deferential, glad to be of use,
      politic, cautious, and meticulous;
      Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
      At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
      Almost, at times, the Fool.

      1. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

        I have heard the electorate singing,
        each to to each.

        I do not think they will sing to me.

    2. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

      An angst-ridden amorist, Fred,
      saw sartorial changes ahead.
      His mind kept on ringing
      with fishy girls singing.
      Soft fruit also filled him with dread.

  40. tealsheart

    TimeOut: MusicMoment: Salt-n-Pepa, & don't forget DJ_Spinderella

    Let's talk about Debt baby, Dedicated to mitt.

  41. Douché

    That's a little like the pope talking about the kids, only behind closed doors. "We don't wan't the 'lay' people to know what's really going on."

  42. KenLayIsAlive

    tl;dr – we're not jealous, we're mad. Not sure what you elite jerks think, but if you want to keep your positions, you better start making up for what you've done.


    I am absolutely disgusted with these fuckers thinking the discussion about income inequality in the USA arises out of something so petty as "jealousy".

    Mittens says stuff like that to reduce what millions of people see as a demand for justice to some pathetic little gross feeling of jealousy. I'm not sure if these millionaire politicians are trying to fool the public, or if they are just fools themselves — either way, there are going to be some surprised folks when people wake up and see just how far people will go to get economic justice they're seeking.

    Maybe Mittens wants to downplay the feelings of anger the public has. Maybe he thinks the advancement of security technology – all these new databases and PATRIOT Acts and XRay machines – have been enough to dilute or delay this ferocious storm that is brewing. Maybe they think that their grip on power is so string that it can't be broken. I honestly don't know what they are thinking, but I do know that millions and millions of people are fucking pissed off and ready to do something about it.

    You've got families who work 40 hours a week who live in homeless shelters. People who have so much education who are delivering pizzas. Families who got kicked out of their houses because their kid got sick and they couldn't pay both bills. People have been wronged, and these fools at the top haven't done a thing about it. Not only haven't they done anything about it, they're driving around in fancy cars, jetting from house to yacht to $10,000 per night hotel room. Don't they get that we see this? Do they think they are hiding? BOO! HEY! WE SEE YOU!

    Were not fucking jealous. We've been crapped on. We know you gave us messed up loans so you could get rich. We know you crashed the economy and then threatened us for a bailout and paid yourselves bonuses with it. We know you kicked us out of our houses and made billions doing it. We know you use dangerous wedge issues to make us hate each other so you can keep us from organizing. We know you're making money from our not having healthcare. We know you're kicking us off of the health insurance we paid for when we get sick. We know you pay less taxes than us. We know we're making less than we did 15 years ago. We know you are making billions and billions of dollars by fucking us over.

    We know it, and we know who you are. And if you want to fool yourselves and think we are "Jealous", think again, fuckers, because we've got you in our fucking surveyors marks, okay?


    1. RavenRant

      You give excellent rant. And I should know.

      Just wanted to add: we know that a "globally competitive wage" = "what Chinese prison labor gets paid" = 0.

      1. KenLayIsAlive

        That's an excellent offer.

        Now, how many Wonketters would have to offer to carry my littler vipers to term to outpace the prodigious breeding capabilities of the Palins?

    2. Radiotherapy

      I'm finishing a superb book that is the reference work for such heartfelt rants. The book is called Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. I've mentioned it before and I recommend it most highly to all us Wonkateers. It lays out historically, factually and prosaically what we face because of the policies of the last 30 years. It could be the Bible for OWS. Vermin like Romney, and squirrels like Chuck Schumer should be very afraid if these ideas ever got a foothold. Ken Lay is Alive.

      1. KenLayIsAlive

        Sweet. Let's get married and spend the rest of our lives tracking him down.

        If we happen to run out of gas in some remote Ecuadorian costal town with just the clothes on our backs and a 12" of Born to Run…. what can we do? We'll have to settle there and have some babies, and watch the sunsets on the beach every night.

        1. Jukesgrrl

          You're on.But forget the 12″.I've got concert tapes that will play thru the whole trip.A pal of mine refers to the crate they're in as the Ark of the Covenant.I'll bring the ark.You bring the wigs.

  43. BarackMyWorld

    You think he's just reminding us black folks are loud?

    Haha just kidding…like Mitt knows any black people…

  44. dsgruntled

    I for one don't care how much money Mitt has, what I can't understand is why they insist that I have too much! I am firmly intrenched in the lower middle class so what, I need my health care, pension and social security cut so that they can have just one more tax cut.

    1. Biff

      I don't care that he's rich either, I DO care that he and his peers have chosen to buy MY government with their ill-gotten gains.

  45. user-of-owls

    If you really want to get your wee panties in a twist, here is some very disturbing news.

    It's unclear exactly why, but the Department of Homeland has been operating a "Social Networking/Media Capability" program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months.

    What? No, I'm not pissed that this represents a continuing assault on privacy and perhaps free speech as well. I'm pissed because Wonkette isn't on the list.

  46. C_R_Eature

    No Mittens, you sad excuse for a public figure, it really isn't about the politics of "envy". I don't care that you're Rich – hell, this is America, you're supposed to try to get rich. It's something we encourage.
    What I'm Pissed Off about is that the Wealthy 1% in this country – yes, I'm talking to You Mitt – have come to believe they no longer have any Civic responsibilities to this society, its people and the country they live in.
    They'll happily buy islands, mansions in Palm Beach to destroy to build a better mansion and shovel 5 million dollars a TV stations in the south on behalf of a 3rd string has been grifter's doomed run for the presidency.
    But don't ask them to pay a slightly higher marginal tax rate, so we can rebuild our decrepit Infrastructure hire a few police, firemen and teachers and pay down those wars your man Bush put on our credit card. They'll all move their houses to Monaco and their corporate offices to a PO box in the Cayman Islands. So there.
    Rules. they're for Little People, Eh Mitt?

    Oh, and don't pretend that your run for the Presidency is anything like Community Service Mitt. Its all about Ego and Power and Entitlement and we know it.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Not only is his running for president community service. According to him, his sons serving his campaign is equivalent to military service. Campaign, get it? Romney Drives on Deep into Egypt.

      1. C_R_Eature

        …to pick up the Coffee & Donuts order for the crew & scout out a Nice Place for Lunch Meetings.

        I know it's harder now, for Rich folks to justify coddling their kids, what with no Draft and all and only having two wars and the economy stopping just short of Depression, but this excuse is just lame.

        Back if the Good Old Bad Old Days, they'd just pull strings to bounce their party animal sons to the top of the list for a stateside Air National Guard unit charged with protecting the bars on the Mexican border from Rooskies.

      1. Soylent Green

        Freebie! In my head after a dream and forgot how to make the keystrokes for that trademark symbol (r).

  47. MilwaukeeKent

    So it's envy? I was wondering what it was, this screaming and all-pervasive sense that everyone else is being asked to sacrifice in the worst economy of the last 80 years, while your crowd is floating along higher than ever. It's envy, now I know and that makes it so much easier to understand that a return to the tax rates of the 1990s is, indeed, nothing less than Socialism. It's all so clear.
    You do NOT want this discussed in quiet rooms, Mr. Romney, not in rooms that are quiet because the parents pawned the TV to buy shoes for the kid, for instance.

    1. flamingpdog

      True fact, no snark: As much as I bitch and moan about Barry on this website, it truly arises from one thing and one thing only: the Wall Street fuckshits in his Administration like this Slime Geithner. I can forgive Barry for his lack of assertiveness, because I'm not an assertive person myself, and for his trying to be the adult in the room, because I try to be an adult (except on Wonkette), but until Geithner is out of the White House and in jail, along with Robert Rubin and whoever the fuck the AG is (oldz attack), I can't believe Obama is really on our side. My momma told me when I was a pup that you're judged by the company you keep – maybe Barry's momma forgot to tell him that.

      1. Chet Kincaid

        …I can't believe Obama is really on our side.

        I find this "Manchurian Candidate"/"Six Degrees Of Separation" Deep Suspicion of Obama from wingnuts, super-liberals, blacker-than-thou Sellouts and blacker-than-thou Race Men bizarre, especially in that it comes from all sides. It's not enough that he maybe made some errors in judgement or made a couple of bad appointments; he must be hiding the devil horns, and we have been horribly deceived!! (And fuck me, but pointing out these rather odd over-reactions is not "fluffing up Barry's feathers.") "Oh, I'll hold my nose and vote for him, but Obama is the biggest fucking mendacious phony I have ever seen in the public square!!"

  48. Beowoof

    Sounds like a job for Clarence Beeks, since the Duke boys don't need his skullduggery anymore, maybe he could land Mittens a hand.

  49. rambone

    Interestingly, Mitt wants to say the same words to Obambi when he discusses the wealth disparity as I want to say to repubes when they discuss jeebus, to wit, "STFU!"

  50. fuflans

    ha! bamz just flew over my house on his way back to moral turpitude.

    still, i'm voting for him in november.

  51. PalinzADummy

    In a quiet room with thick curtains, conversation
    Of our munniez and the difference in our stations

    Geezus, this diabolical dick so needs to go. And now Huntsman reveals his true colours, in warning the other contenders to back away from attacking his fellow-billionaire.

    1. Radiotherapy

      I suppose the only good thing about these recent disclosures is that now not only are wingtards apprehensive about Mitts but a lot more of the independents are looking at him for what he is: An egotistical, greedy, wishy-washer, pretty boy, silver-spoon in mouth, chickenhawk (did I forget something?) So I'm thinking, short of a scandal, this is Obama's race to lose. Let's hope he is a better man than Gore.
      Do I sound like Elizabeth Warren?

        1. Radiotherapy

          Chet, sorry, haven't we've been through this a hundred times? Gore lost a race that was his to win. He had a budget surplus, low unemployment and the peace dividend on his side. He lost to Rove and a blow-job. He was a weakling who couldn't even win his own state. And folded like a Wal-Mart tent in Florida. Fuck Nader, he makes more sense than anybody around except maybe Bernie Sanders.
          Obama did win last time, and I cried that night, never have been more prouder of my country. While I knew then he was a centrist at best, and nothing he has done to disprove that, he was by far the best — and historical– choice. My point is that this is his race to lose. Romney is a fuck and all the others are jokes. Don't mess it up Barry — and then kick some ass.

        1. Radiotherapy

          No, Russ said that about the fat amphibian yesterday, that Newt sounded like E. Warren. I was just trying to carry a meme.
          I am not trying to offend you my friend. Honest. {{{{Hugs}}}}

    2. flamingpdog

      Oh Palinz, you stole my Mitt meme. But I had a different spin on it. Just like we misheard Ricky say "black" people when he actually said "blah" people, we misheard Mitt. He didn't say "quiet" room, he said white room.

      ♫ I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines. ♫

      1. PalinzADummy

        "s only fair, pdog, you stole my Hitler meme last time.

        You're right, I like your version better. I wonder if Mr. Clapton would let us borrow it for satirical purposes?

  52. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

    I really hope that the next quiet room Mitt's in features a….

    Mike check!


    mike check!


  53. Negropolis

    This is so upper-class Boston Puritanism. He may not technically be a WASP, since Mormonism is a denomination unto itself, but man if he ain't an ally.

    Yes, we don't talk about money outside the family and at the table; if we are to discuss wealth, we do it in the privacy of our sitting and tea rooms. To make a campaign issue of it? Ahahahaha…how gauche; how common!

    1. Radiotherapy

      Other things they want to keep in quiet rooms — A short list.
      — The Military is Socialism.
      — Obamacare only entrenches the Health Insurance and Health System rackets, moving us even farther from reasonable health care costs and single-payor.
      — Obama did not raise anybody's taxes.
      — 50% of all conceptions fail naturally.
      — The Constitution is a liberal document.
      — Obama is actually to the right of Nixon and Ike and maybe even Raygun.
      — The Repub candidates are a clown car.
      — Corporations ARE NOT people.
      — Michael Steele was actually a success if you look at the 2010 results and, more importantly, the Bush/Obama tax cuts stayed intact.
      — Obama has done nothing, NOTHING to change the power structure in this country.
      — Sweater vests are Dorkville.
      — Right to Work is nothing more than an anti-union euphemism.
      Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class
      — Mormonism is a bullshit cult.
      The primary goal of the Republican Party is to cut the taxes on the super rich.
      — There is no difference between crony/predatory/vulture capitalism and capitalism.
      — Lawrence O'Donnell is a socialist, and on the teevee.

    1. flamingpdog

      The only problem I see is that when you shoot them in the face, they always come back good as new in the next scene.

  54. SorosBot

    Well, I may be making my way if I can; but despite the temporary layoff, and avoiding those easy credit ripoffs, I'm keeping my head above water. and making my way if I can.

  55. flamingpdog

    OT, but, at the risk of seeming like a blog whore, I got a message from Sara Benincasa on Facebook tonight in response to a message I sent her last night: "Peoples on teh Wonkette are REALLY crabby tonight. I think they needz some Sara lovin'."
    She replied, "Please tell them I miss them dearly and am writing a weekly column for VICE called Republicantics. It can be found here:

  56. Negropolis

    Romney, the "they hate me 'cause I'm beautiful" only works for so long…Romney is the ultimate Mean Girl.

    This man is a bigger joke than Rick Perry, and that's a hard feat to accomplish. Perry's just stupid, bless his heart. What's Mitt's excuse? I will not abide with – nay, I will not tolerate my nation voting for Mitt "Dubya-in-a-smoking-jacket" Romney.

    1. PalinzADummy

      I don't think he's playing "don't hate me because I'm beautiful," N. I think he's playing "Look at the shiny ball over there and not at what I'm all about which is Wall St and the crash and my tax plan that will kick all of you in the nuts while I kiss those of my peers among the 1%." And it's working because all the media today is about how the RNC and Jon H. and eight kazillion other people are upset with the "politics of envy."

  57. BarackMyWorld

    I like how Romney's state portrait makes him look more normal and human than I've ever seen him on TV.

    1. flamingpdog

      I can't draw much more than stick figures, but I could make Romney look more normal and human than you've ever seen him on TV.

  58. Schmegeg

    Listening to this guy until November is going to be a chore. Maybe I will retire to a quiet room and look at my 401K statements. Then, go burn down some rich man's home.

  59. Huevos Ocupados

    This is good news for Socialism!

    All snark aside I am starting to get excited about the likelihood of this asshole getting the nomination. He is the living embodiment of so much that is wrong about Republicanism and just can’t help but makes that wrongness as obvious and insulting as humanly possible.

    1. Negropolis

      Like I said, this guys is just Dubya in a smoking jacket. When Team Bush/Bush & Co. begins coalescing around you, you better get worried.

  60. DemonicRage

    I am so glad to read that, if Romney succeeds in getting the nomination, he will insist on a campaign that will be played by gentlemanly rules, like summoning up a tv ad that takes a clip of his opponent quoting something that John McCain said and making it appear that his opponent was saying something that he, himself, deeply believed. In a quiet room, it is easy to work out strategies as effective and as sportsmanlike as that was.

  61. BaldarTFlagass

    "But the president has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail."

    Wanna bet?

  62. outragedcitizen

    He thinks Obama talking about wealth disparity will "fail"? Damn, that asshole really is out of touch with the majority of this country. Even the teabaggers are pissed off about this topic.

    Mittens, go to the nearest WalMart and take a good, hard look around.

  63. DaRooster

    "It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think am sure it will not fail."


  64. weejee

    Perhaps Mittens would be willing to flash his financials in Superman's phone booth? True those are becoming hard to find. Maybe there's one in Bain-a-bainistan, Afghanistan, or the Smithsonian he could use.

    Faster than an eviction, able to crush tall factories in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! Its a turd! It's a Bain! It's Mittensman!!!

  65. donner_froh

    But the president has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street.

    A Democrat daring to fight back during the class war–that is simply not done in Mitt's world.

  66. jus_wonderin

    I was sent to a quiet room often. Usually when I was naughty. Mom would put me in the room that needed the most cleaning.

  67. Wonderthing

    "In the quiet rooms the women come and go/ talking of income inequality and unfair tax rates…"

    –TS Idiot

  68. Soylent Green

    Pssst, Mitt! Hope I'm not being too awfully loud, but that guy that's saying that shit about you? That's not Obama. That's Newt! Isn't he one of your guys?

  69. zshivansql

    Why do Kirstens articles always make me blush. But don't worry about Obama, his payoff will be the lecture circuit.

  70. arcadesproject

    I guess the bottom line is that the lower orders have no right to complain about their lot, at least in public.Hell, we don't have the right to exist, (See Obama -Don't-Care, increases in medicare eligibility age, medicaid and social security cuts, new rules regarding killing people wherever and whenever.)

  71. JerryFrey

    According to Romney's web-site:

    "This election is about more than just replacing a president. It is an election to save the soul of America."

    Romney’s soul is green – he worships at the altar of Mammon. As a founder and principal of Bain Capital, a private equity firm, he made millions extracting wealth from acquired companies. Private equity firms flip companies like shysters flip houses.

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