NO PEEKING  2:25 pm January 27, 2012

Oh, Look, Romney Attacked Kennedy’s Blind Trust During 1994 Senate Race

by Liz Colville

Mitt Romney, who was slightly more humanoid in 1994 than he is today, also thought blind trusts, of which he has one, and which he passionately defended during Thursday night’s Jacksonville debate, were terrible, devious things. How exactly did he put it? Oh yes, a blind trust is an “age-old ruse.”

During a debate with Massachusetts Senate incumbent Ted Kennedy during the 1994 campaign, a partially vibrant Romney attacked Kennedy’s blind trusts, saying:

The blind trust is an age-old ruse. You give a blind trust rules. You can say to a blind trust, don’t invest in properties which would be in conflict of interest or where the seller might think they’re going to get an advantage from me.

Kennedy then proceeded to whoop Romney’s ass, saying, “Mr. Romney, the Kennedys are not in public service to make money. We have paid too high a price.” And that was that, pretty much.

Romney’s response on his own blind trusts last night was not nearly as convincing. Following criticism from Gingrich that some of Romney’s investments included Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Romney said:

First of all, my investments are not made by me. My investments, for the last 10 years, have been in a blind trust, managed by a trustee.

The Bot strikes again. Interestingly, Romney must have thought Kennedy’d had kind of a great idea, because he opened his troubling blind trust in 1996, two years after his failed Senate bid. [BuzzFeed/CBS News]

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{ 84 comments }

weej_bain January 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Obvs, the gander gets all the sauce, the goose just gets pâtéd.

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weej_bain January 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Wonk, wonk, wonk

/ making the wonk noise by putting right hand into left arm pit and pumping left arm.

Ayn Rand Paul Tard January 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

DON'T GIVE AWAY THE SECRET HANDSHAKE, WEEJ!

SorosBot January 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

"Mr. Romney, the Kennedys are not in public service to make money. "

Romney, however, is in public service to make money, by lowering his own taxes.

Ruhe January 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

"Mr. Gingrich, the Romneys are not in public service to make money. We've made quite enough already."

memzilla January 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

"Mr. Gingrich, the Romneys are not in public service to make money. We're in public service to make more money."

Negropolis January 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

Honestly, you two are good.

SorosBot January 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Among these people there's no such thing as enough money.

SpiderCrab January 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Among these people there is no dignity, no embarrassment, and no scruples.

slowhansolo January 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I fell for Willard like a blind roofer.

chascates January 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

But Romney thought the POPE was controlling that trust!

Beowoof January 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

You see these days I just sit around running for office making 20 million a year and being taxed at ridiculously low rate for doing absolutely nothing. Ain't it grand to be part of the 1%.

freakishlywrong January 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Anyone who votes for this lying charlatan is blind and cannot be trusted.

Puffperney January 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

That would be about 25% of the republican base… …consistently.

orygoon January 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Willard: there is nothing defensible about having that much money. Less than none if you don't pay reasonable taxes on it. Just stop trying. Give a bunch away to some real charity. Hint: a secretive, corporate cult that amasses lots of glittery wealth doesn't count.

miss_grundy January 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I would love to see these jerks beaten up by some lowly blue-collar type, both verbally and physically. And for it to happen at one of these debates. Like a cream pie in the face live on tv. Wouldn't that be a crack-up???? I am just so tired of these rich jerks and their stupidity…..

slowhansolo January 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hey, you got your blind ambition in my blind trust! And you got your blind trust in my blind ambition!

Two tastes that taste great together!

ManchuCandidate January 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

No one messes with Diamond Joe Quimby. No one.

Good thing the Mitt-ata didn't attack Quimby about his pronunciation of the word "Chowder."

slowhansolo January 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

"Hey! I'm not-ah paying you to talk!"

prommie January 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Say it, Frenchie.

Negropolis January 28, 2012 at 1:13 am

Chowdah! Chowdair. Chowdah!

mavenmaven January 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Interesting that Kennedy accuses Romney of being a flip flopper on the issues already back in 1994!

Chet Kincaid January 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Romney invented Flip Flop! He used to DJ at house parties while growing up in Detroit.

johnnyzhivago January 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Conservatives are JUST TOO STUPID to run a political campaign!

Chillwillard January 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Mittens' also has bland trust in T-Paw, his campaign's national co-chair….

johnnyzhivago January 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

In 2016 Romney's putting his assets in a Deaf, Dumb and Blind Trust, just to be sure.

ShaveTheWhales January 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Who?

Callyson January 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

"The blind trust is an age-old ruse."
Funny, I was just thinking the same thing about those leveraged buyouts that Bain Capital conducted when you were there…

SayItWithWookies January 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Mitt believes in blind trusts — he especially believes the American people should blindly trust him when he says he pays 15% in taxes when it's actually even lower than that. Just like the FEC should blindly trust him when he forgets 23 different investment accounts in his financial disclosures. Seriously, nothing to see here — stop your prying.

Barrelhse January 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I never trust the blind. Fuckin' thieves.

Biff January 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I know, right? Worst pencils evar!

emmelemm January 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm

True story: there's a guy who sits at an intersection near where I live with dark sunglasses on, begging for change, intimating that he is blind.

A while back, I was talking to someone who lives in my building, and she said she had seen the guy in a different neighborhood, walking down the street, no sunglasses, clear as day.

sarah_connor January 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

yea, and he never fires people who provide him services! cos he's a job creator!!! wait, nevermind…

Limeylizzie January 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Kennedy is hitting him, from the grave ,for every shitty thing Mittens has said about him in these debates.

chascates January 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

How'd the audition go?

prommie January 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

4:40 EST. But her hoo-ha is all fresh and minty in preparation.

Limeylizzie January 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

It's in a couple of hours, I am painting my face!

Millennial Malaise January 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Meant to wish you luck yesterday! Hope you get it, that show is great.

Limeylizzie January 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thanks it's a really teeny role but it's a scene with Steve Buscemi, so that would be cool.

ShaveTheWhales January 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Break a limb.

starfanglednut January 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Kennedy had more genuine intellect in his little finger than Mittens does in his entire, magic underwear encased body.

Limeylizzie January 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Plus a whole lot more fun, I'll warrant.

arihaya January 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

So Romney was against it before he was for it before he was against it ?

starfanglednut January 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

The "against it before he was for it before he was against it.." plays in an infinite loop.

Barrelhse January 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Speaking of Newt Gingrich, this treaty (signed by the US in 1967) would prohibit any country from claiming the moon. Yes, Newt, even if it's a state.
Presidential material? You decide! http://www.state.gov/www/global/arms/treaties/spa

PuckStopsHere January 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

You'd have to be blind to trust Mitt Romney.

Extemporanus January 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

As I noted during the last live-blog, Mitt Romney is just cold lyin' his magic underpants off about the whole blind trust bullshit, especially in relation to Fannie & Freddie.

Top Republican primary-related stories on CNN right now? Romney right about the moon; Ron Paul is a quipster; Gingrich ate chicken wings.

I want to hate fuck our worthless media up the ass with Santorum, literally, so fucking bad right now, but their big derping heads are in the goddamn way.

WunkRocker January 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Quipster Ron Paul signed off on racist 1990s newsletters http://wapo.st/zDGOQP
What's worse than being a racist? Pretending to be a racist to profit from the hate mongering.

meatlofer January 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

So Stevie Wonder invests Mittens moolah?

Tundra Grifter January 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

So Mittens was against blind trusts before he was for them? But he'll be against them again if that gets him some votes?

I might be alone on this one, but I can not claim the slightest bit of surprise to learn his views.

I think we could all save some time here if we could just make a list of the positions Mittens has always had. Here's a postage stamp – you can fill out the roster on the back.

Dashboard Buddha January 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Duplicitous fuckwad is duplicitous.

BarackMyWorld January 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

If I had a dollar every time Romney contradicted himself, I'd invest it in the Cayman Islands.

Serolf_Divad January 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

That a winning bumper sticker, my man! Start printing those!

Serolf_Divad January 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

What the Hell has happened to Democrats that they can't show that passion any more? Teddy is sorely missed.

prommie January 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

If a democrat shows passion, hell, if a democrat actually IS a democrat, he or she is systematically marginalized by the media, which will portray them as a Kook and a Loon and at best, a Semi-Lovable Eccentric, like Dennis Kucinich. Chemtrails, for the win!

Slim_Pickins January 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Converting to Roman Catholicism may be the only flip-flop remaining for Mitt.

emmelemm January 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Wouldn't that be something?

Ruhe January 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Referring to a blind trust or any other investment arrangement or instrument as a "ruse" is so heterodox that Mitt should have been excommunicated. His underwear must have protected him.

Allmighty_Manos January 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I pretty much assume anything Romney says could be contradicted by earlier public Romney statement.

owhatever January 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

My blind trust is blinder than yours, but it made me a fuckin' ton of money last year. Eat cake, America.

Redrighthand January 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Pak chooie unf – mitt romney.

coolhandnuke January 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Blind faith and blind trust are the charities the GOP pin 51% of their hope on.

JustPixelz January 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I'll bet Newt wishes he had a blind trust managed by a trustee. Of course he'd have to find someone he trusts. Not Callista — that homewrecking hussy. Not his sister — that non-heterosexual. Not himself — he's made of 51% scam (plus 49% fat).

Guppy January 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Romney hits back at Gingrich by demonstrating he can be just as big a hypocrite.

Chet Kincaid January 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Oh wow, Teddy actually played the "they killed my fucking brothers!" card!

Chet Kincaid January 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Yeah Mitt, you really made Ted sweat there, not knowing if he'd have a foreclosed, second-mortgaged house to come home to.

DemonicRage January 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

America should just shut up and start to love the fact that Daddy Warbacks is coming to take us back to some dream version of the 1950's. It will be so wonderful when Erik Cantor and the magic Mitt are in agreement about everything, and we can go back to the poors stuffing emergency rooms of hospitals for medical attention, and maybe even coathanger abortions in back alleys.

Antispandex January 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

You guys just don't get it! It's wrong when a Democrat does it, because they are all crooks. If a Teapublican does it, it is all right because they are doing it for Jesus. Geeze! Grow up!

CapnFatback January 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Blind trust? Hell, Romney would attack a blind dog if he thought it would make him look butch enough to corner the date-rape vote.

Troglodeity January 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

And the campaign ads just keep on writing themselves.

BZ1 January 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Mitt, of course, doesn't even know how much he is worth, what his money is invested in or what percentage he pays … sorry, flight of pigs just coming in

teebob2000 January 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Don't these stupid fuckers yet realize that EVERYTHING THEY'VE EVER SAID IS ON FUCKING VIDEO???????

DahBoner January 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I think what Romney is trying to say is "Insider Trading is Perfectly Legal, my friends", if you are a politician with your money in a blind trust.

//wink, wink

Negropolis January 28, 2012 at 1:05 am

Man, Romney actually looks animated by something other than a computer chip, there. Must have been a treat to be human with emotions and shit, at one time, the poor fool.

I miss Teddy. He didn't have a problem being human, and too often in his life the problem was that he was too human, but I miss that old Boston bean. Honestly, the guy was able to get what little reform on healthcare we ended up getting through the legislature. Can you imagine how much he would have had the president's back during the debt ceiling debacle and such? There is no one that commands the kind of respect in that body that he had on our side. Now, all we have left is old Scary Reid, who inspires about as much confidence and fear, as well, I really don't know.

Negropolis January 28, 2012 at 1:20 am

New Romney is going to be so pissed at Old Romney when he sees this.

ttommyunger January 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Mittens talking about "Blind" and "Trust" in the same sentence only proves Republicans have no sense of irony, or humor, for that matter.

mormos January 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm

if Romney had that kind of vitriol today he could actually win the presidency.

Biff January 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Perfect opportunity to showcase Wendi's defensive moves, though!

Limeylizzie January 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I will not inform the Wonketeriat when it is on and it's not an English role so you won't know it's me anyway.

starfanglednut January 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

That girl is scary.

Biff January 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Never get between her and her meal-ticket!

starfanglednut January 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

1. Mitt Romney should be president, forever.

/fixed

HistoriCat January 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

*pout*

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