Ha ha, poor people.Now that Mitt Romney has barely managed to win his abandoned “home state” of Michigan, we can get back to marveling at his weird millionaire android interactions with the common folk who make up the Republican base. For example, Mitt also enjoys NASCAR race car crashes, because he visited that NASCAR track and made his hilarious comment about having “some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.” But then he turned into mean Mitt Romney, the vulture capitalist who openly mocks the working class. Approaching a group of poor people covered in cheap plastic rain ponchos to shield them from the deluge, Mitt laughed and said, “I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.”

The New York Times provides the comical details from Daytona:

Mr. Romney’s Florida trip might have seemed like an odd, if confident, detour from states that will be voting on Tuesday. But Michigan has an ample share of Nascar fans. And the campaign hoped that images of Mr. Romney at the speedway would circulate widely through the Southern states that vote on March 6.

But the crowd initially booed Mr. Romney, who occasionally struck a discordant note, as when he approached a group of fans wearing plastic ponchos. “I like those fancy raincoats you bought,” he said. “Really sprung for the big bucks.”

Then Mitt praised the hillbillies for “those terrific novelty-gag teeth for Halloween” and flew away on his chartered jet, never to return. [New York Times via]

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  • nounverb911

    I anxiously await his put downs of the elderly voters of America.

  • Barb

    What does NASCAR and politics have in common?
    You turn to the left, you're running in circles; you turn to the right, you get stonewalled; either way your life is still in the pits!

  • nounverb911

    “I’m also unemployed.”
    –Mitt Romney

    Hopefully he will stay that way.

    • CessnaDriver

      Makes $2400 an hour while unemployed.

      He should really shut up.

      On the bright side, there are rumors of secret momo self-flagellation rituals.

  • Trannysurprise

    Mitt – they bought those raincoats for the expected shitstorm of condescension you were bringing.

    • chicken_thief

      Maybe they confused Mitt with Rick and didn't wanna get any on them?….

    • Biff

      The rubes know a Gallagher show when they see one.

    • CessnaDriver

      The NASCAR fans were most likely repiglicans, so their wet dream is to dance before their masters.

  • Sue4466

    "Poncho" seems kind of Messicany.

  • UnholyMoses

    Your move, Scrooge.

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    I wish Romney's dad had worn his raincoat.

    • Fare la Volpe

      That's a violation of freedom of religion…somehow.

  • neiltheblaze

    "Oh no, Mr. Romney – this isn't a raincoat – it's my house."

    • KeepFnThatChicken

      "Then why are you spending your hard-earned dollar at a NASCAR event? You voted for Obama in the last election, didn't you? Didn't you, you little punk…?!"

      • neiltheblaze

        "Please don't hit me with your cane!"

    • CivicHoliday

      In my head this is being said in Kenneth Parcell's voice

      • CessnaDriver

        "I remember school! That's where they taught us the dangers of book learnin'!"

  • freakishlywrong

    Did they Photoshop the "colored folks" in to that pic?

    • chicken_thief

      My thoughts exactly. Not only do they not fit the NASCAR profile, but NASCAR and Romney supporters?!!! GTFO.

      • BerkeleyBear

        Not actually from NASCAR – that's a photo from earlier in the campaign, where Romney somehow hijacked an event that African Americans were already attending (not sure what – maybe a Tyler Perry movie? Because I just can't see any person of color getting that excited near Mitt).

        • BaldarTFlagass

          The closest one had just lifted his wallet, that's why they were cheering.

        • chicken_thief

          Thanks, BB. It's good to know that I am not living in Bizzaro World or some shit.

    • flamingpdog

      They's jus' there lookin' fo' some of them boot straps they keeps hearin' they can pull theyselves up by.

    • You can't see the chains on their ankles?

    • An_Outhouse

      The 'colored folk' were there collecting empty bottles. Do you know how much you can haul in after one day of NASCAR?

      • Us cullud folks tend to know down to the penny.

  • Oblios_Cap

    It's fun watching the GOP candidates falling all over themselves to see who can be the biggest asshole. It'll play well in the general election when they'll be pandering to millions of of less insane voters that aren't members of the brainless dipshit party.

    • GOPCrusher

      Can't imagine it getting any better than seeing these asshats accusing each other of being more in support for the auto industry bailouts then themselves, while campaigning in Michigan.

  • SexySmurf

    Mittens then added, "Hufafafafafafa."

  • freakishlywrong

    He's one of us, he enjoys sport.

    • DaRooster

      "Tally Ho mutha fuckers!"

  • tihond

    Like the presidential candidate in the 10k suit isn't going to make fun of cheap rain ponchos. C'Mon!

    • Is that a Sears poncho?

  • UnholyMoses

    Anyone else get the impression that the Mittbott is running Windows ME?

    (Get it? ME? Like "me"? 'Cause he's a selfish, entitled, out-of-touch prick who crashes a lot and … oh, neverfuckingmind.)


    Google is "celebrating" leap day by leaping over yer favorite googling of all santorum. Moar on this dastardly algorithm spin at the teh Stranger.

    Oh noes, oh noes
    / staggers off weeping

    • Biff

      Totally fuxxored! I can't find spreadingsantorum anywhere!
      Don't be fucking evil, google!

    • fuflans

      i did my part.


    • anniegetyerfun

      I actually noticed that the other night when I was showing a friend the Santorum website; she had never seen it. I was, all, "It's the first search result!" And she was, like, "No, it's the last one on the first page."

  • This is a little off-topic, but did you know that Tony Robbins and Bart Stupak are both bissextile?

    • elviouslyqueer

      So is Antonio Sabato Jr. FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP.

    • Guppy

      Bissextile Day is the day after Feb 23.


      • Technically, it was the 25th, until 1970. You're thinking of the Vigil, not the feast of St Matthias.


        • Guppy

          I'm just going by the numbering I've learned, which slips a. d. bis VI kal. Mar. between a. d. VII kal. Mar. (Feb 23) and a. d. VI kal. Mar. (Regifugium/old school Matthias).

    • Tundra Grifter

      I did not know that!

      Did you know many members of the US House and Senate practice nepotism? With their own families!

      • Chichikovovich

        Some of them are related to thespians! Fred Thompson is actually an old thespian himself!

        • Tundra Grifter


          Some people say Fred Thompson is a sexigenarian!

    • Barrelhse

      But do they have nice raincoats?

  • RadioCualquier

    And the reigning king of crass is…..

    • Tundra Grifter

      Is Mittens a crasswhole?

  • "My wife owns several Prada raincoats!"

    • Chichikovovich

      What a coincidence! I'm wearing a Pravda raincoat.

      Um, no wait. It's the Washington Times. Well, same thing.

  • Mahousu

    He then gave everyone in the crowd pink slips, because he thought they went so well with the ponchos.

  • chascates

    Oh, Thurston Howell, you are such a card!

  • Joshua Norton

    In Mitt World there's only 2 classes of people. "Us" and "The Help".

    • Fare la Volpe

      I could totally see Romney's maids feeding him a poop cake.

  • PuckStopsHere

    Mitt was thrown because none of the fans had their manservants holding umbrellas over their heads.

  • freakishlywrong

    Those hillbillies should have kicked him in his fancy nuts.

  • Blueb4sunrise

    Very Important Stuff that was dead-threaded because Wonkette Jr. obviously hates straight, middle-aged White Guys.

    Primo quotes:

    "it is inevitable the next president of the United States will be … Mitt Romney," said Arizona Sen. John McCain

    "This has been a fun ride, and it's only just beginning," Romney's Arizona campaign co-chairman

    …fewer than one in 10 voters were Hispanic, and political watchers said many voters here have grown weary of the rhetoric…

    [Yeah, it's the rhetoric]

    Jennifer Korn, executive director of the Republican-funded Hispanic Leadership Network.
    "I think that there will be a lot more discussion in a more rational tone when it comes to the general election…"


    • Gainsbourg69

      Latinos didn't vote in the Arizona primary because it was chimichanga night.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    The sad thing is that those ponchos were the only clothes they could afford, they were naked underneath.

    • Biff

      When it comes to sexytime, vinyl just doesn't hold up like neoprene.

    • IceCreamEmpress

      Ponchos are the new barrels!

  • Those ponchos, they're perfect for wrapping weighted corpses of smug politicians and throwing them into a Florida swamp.

    • Dashboard Buddha

      C'mon! Think of ol' ma nature. Those things take forever to break down…if ever. You can't go wrong with old school canvas.

  • ThundercatHo

    Truly a man of the people and by people I mean other exceedingly rich motherfuckers.

  • Dr_Zoidberg

    What an ass.

    • GOPCrusher

      Succinct and to the point.
      COTD worthy.

  • You never know, he may be mistaking the plastic ponchos for some kind of designer Italian patent leather thing he saw while thumbing through his wife's copy of Elle while he was on the can.

  • SorosBot

    Mitt's new campaign slogan of "go fuck yourselves, poor people!" is refreshingly honest or the Republican attitudes at least.

    • Ruhe

      Perhaps he should have pressed on and tried to turn the situation into an opportunity to press his talking points by noting to the NASCAR-billies that if "that Obama had his way those ponchos would be required by the government to be flame retardant and then you wouldn't be able to afford them at all. I won't do that to you. I'll make sure that a steady flow of impossibly cheap crap from China will always be available to fashion conscious poors."

  • jus_wonderin

    I can't be bothered with this on Wednesday. I am endeavoring to get my Smokey on!

  • lefty74

    "Hey there! You don't sweat much for a big ol' fat gal."
    "Show me uh your uh——-cleanest dirty Jeff Gordon shirt"
    "That Betty Boop tattoo is just the perfect size!"

    • "I like NASCAR: the people are just the right stupid, the people are just the right poorness, the seats have seats…"

      • KeepFnThatChicken

        "All the cars have tires! Didn't expect that…"

  • PuckStopsHere

    Getting into the spirit of the thing, Mittens was later heard to yell, "Show us your tits!"

    • BerkeleyBear

      Only to be embarrassed to realize he was yelling at Newt Gingrich.

  • edgydrifter

    And yet they will all vote for him in November, because, you know…

  • WiscDad

    with pols like him…who needs comedians?

  • Memo to Romney campaign: DON'T let this guy near a birthday party. You KNOW he's going to say something about letting them eat their cake.

  • SpiderCrab

    I see you're driving a 1993 Ford Escort. Did you buy it new?

    • Chichikovovich

      "My family's owned many shares of Ford Motor Company over the years."

  • chicken_thief

    But what about the trees, Mitt?!!! I wanna know what you think of the FL trees!!!!

  • DaRooster

    Hey I'll bet you guys $10,000 you didn't know this-
    Mitt Romney is a rich condescending Asshole to everyone he talks to…

    Oh, you heard… OK… never mind

  • meatlofer

    The Devil went to Georgia……well maybe not…but he's on his fucking way!

    • Tundra Grifter

      Actually, he left. He heard Ole Newt was "coming home" and didn't want the competition.

  • widestanceromance

    Stay crassy, Mittens.

    • Barrelhse

      Are you Japanese, by chance?

      • widestanceromance

        I have been known to turn Japanese on occasion.

        • Barrelhse

          My wife had a little Italian in her once.

  • MiniMencken

    I believe that in the above-referenced photograph, candidate Romney was attempting to lead the audience in a rousing rendition of Stephen Foster's great hit song, "De Camptown Races."

    • BaldarTFlagass

      And was disappointed when they broke into:

      "I get no kick from champagne,
      and alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all,
      but I get a belt out of you…."

      Hold it! What the hell is that shit?

      • Biff

        What in The White, White Wide, Wide World of Sports is going on down here?

      • MosesInvests

        De Camptown Ladies? Doo-dah, doo-dah?

    • Barrelhse

      His favorite cologne is Eau de Doo-da-day.

  • crybabyboehner

    I knew it, Mitt's a London Fog man.

  • hagajim

    Mittens is really a dumbfuck isn't he? Holy shit, how stupid can you be to say something like that to the guys who spent their entire life savings on tickets to this hillbilly-fest.

  • MissTaken

    My wife owns two Ponchos, they're her poolboy and gardener.

    • SheriffRoscoe

      To marry a rich guy and fuck the poolboy and/or gardner on the side is the American dream. Or at least my dream.

      • SorosBot

        Or to marry a rich guy and fuck the methhead stud you met it rehab on the side.

        • Generation[redacted]

          To own and operate your own Newark sex motel, is what we all dream of.

          • Fare la Volpe

            Releasing your own celebrity sex tape – truly the American Dream.

  • el_donaldo

    Why doesn't Triumph the Insult Comic Dog enter the GOP contest? He may not get a lot of votes, but he'll never run short of material.

    • Because Santorum has the POOP vote locked up.

    • Generation[redacted]

      "The poors, for me to poop on!"
      "I don't care about the poors."

      Checkmate, insult dog!

    • Exhausted66

      Cheap, plastic material.

  • OneYieldRegular

    "What's with those torn tennis balls on the legs of that walker thing you're using to get around? Can't you afford a fancy wheelchair or something?"

  • Goonemeritus

    Mitt is just keeping the proud Republican tradition of snark alive. I think it was Lincoln who chided a group of Andersonville survivors to not believe the old adage that you can’t be too rich or too thin.

  • freakishlywrong

    And you know what? All these ignorant, brainwashed crackers will STILL vote for this asshole.

    • Generation[redacted]

      What can they do? He's the only white guy in the race.

    • Biff

      But first, they'll make him dance.

      • freakishlywrong


  • Baconzgood

    I'm not one to give Mitt credit but…….SLAM! He zinged those red-necks good.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    Mitt used to have a number of those cheap plastic ponchos that he used for the servants who carry him to and fro in his sedan chair. But he recently bought 'em all Helly Hansen gear. They really look spiffy. Of course the cost came out of their salaries.

  • SoBeach

    “I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.”

    How did he keep from adding "I see you all had enough left for your natty lites and smokes"?

  • Steverino247

    Is that a real poncho? I mean is that a Mexican poncho or a Sears poncho? Hmm. No fooling?

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Well, he does rule the toads of the short forest, and every Newt in idaho

    • prommie

      Who you jiving with that cosmic debris?

    • neiltheblaze

      I want to believe the people in the raincoats told him to ram up it up his snout.

    • CarnyTrash

      Maybe be moving to Montana soon?

    • GOPCrusher

      APOSTROPHE LIBEL !!!1!11!

      • Steverino247

        You can't turn the volume up high enough for that album. I heard Dweezil and the ZPZ group play that all the way through in December 2010 and it was incredible. Listened to it last night after abandoning the political BS for the night.

    • Yes. That's Erik Estrada, wearing a fancy rain-clothes.

  • SheriffRoscoe

    Mitt opens his mouth to speak, and everyone associated with him in any way winces in anticipation.

  • BerkeleyBear

    Rich douche bag can't help himself from making douche bag comments – film at 11.

    • GOPCrusher

      I know. Wait until he wins the nomination and starts calling Obama an "elitist".

  • prommie

    Like GHWB, bewildered and amazed by a supermarket checkout line.

  • johnedens

    Did no one in the crowd shout back, "Fuck you, asshole!" – not even one person?

    • Biff

      Nascar fans are nothing if not polite. Especially in Florida. They say "bless your heart" instead.

    • GOPCrusher

      Hard to make the "F" sound when you don't have your dentures in.

  • Callyson

    Is this on tape? If so, Mittens can kiss Super Tuesday goodbye…

  • SheriffRoscoe

    He's just trying to come across as your average guy, who is a jerk. Jerks are people too, my friends!

  • Mitt to homeless man: "I like your refrigerator box! A GE! You really sprung for the big bucks!"

  • Eve8Apples

    Wait 'til this summer when he meets his "base" riding their government funded Hoverounds and wearing their flip flops, stained t-shirts with the sleeves cut off and pajama pants.

  • ElPinche


  • SnarkoMarx

    If two NASCAR fans get divorced are they still technically first cousins?

    • Fare la Volpe

      First cousins once removed.

  • Guppy

    Looking forward to seeing him at Sturgis.

    • Biff

      Why wait? Daytona Bike Week starts next week!

  • GortRay

    Sez Mitt: "This nascar sport of yours reminds me ever so much of racing my J Boat in the Catalina Regatta! Huzzah!"

    • BerkeleyBear

      Oh, Catalina is so declasse, don't you think – Newport is where all the swells are.

  • yrbmegr

    What's he going to do when this is all over and he's lost? Run AGAIN?

    • Generation[redacted]

      Romney 2016/2020/2024!

    • prommie

      "This anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes has cost me the election, and yet if I were to have them killed, I would be the one to go to jail. That's democracy for you."

  • Tundra Grifter

    Those weren't cheap plastic raincoats, Mittens.

    Those were extra large condoms.

    Don't tell Santorum.

  • Generation[redacted]

    Drinking Budweiser, huh? What's the matter, you didn't have a coupon for Dom Perignon?

  • Tundra Grifter

    "Romney Squeezes Out Santorum in Michigan."

    And that's all I need to know about that!

  • Tundra Grifter

    Mittens doesn't actually own a raincoat.

    He just pays God to stop the rain.

  • Eve8Apples

    Mitt's campaign staff will have to thoroughly screen Mitt's audience during his campaign stops to make sure he has no contacts with Real 'Murcans. They should be required to show their tax returns at the gate to ensure they represent the top 1% who can afford the finest French couture rain gear.

  • proudgrampa

    "I really like that cane with the red tip. Are those Foster Grants you're wearing?"

  • ElPinche

    Mitt's poncho is actually a real mescan named "Poncho" who personally wipes down Mitt when he briefly leaves his limo.

  • SenileAgitation

    "My, your hands are rough and red, why don't you step up to Palmolive dishwashing liquid?!" "Say, what do you, work for a living? I'll bet that sucks big time!" "Look, I'm not going to bullshit you. I'm fucking rich. Which means I must know something you don't, right? Otherwise YOU'D be the rich one, am I right? So just accept that a vote for your betters is a vote for what you might become if you keep buying those lotto tickets." "I disagree. Those who say you're old and in the way are out of touch with America. Now if you'll just step aside there, I think that's my driver, good luck with that medicine!"

  • fuflans

    well i don't know about any of this, but if mittens shows up on 'revenge' ima quit watching.

  • Similarly, he teases his rent boys on the cheap brands of condoms they prefer.

  • fuflans

    i also heard the tequilla party woman on npr last night discussing the election. she said the republicans have a huge problem in AZ (much bigger than 2008 and in the southwest in general) and she thinks there's a good chance the state will go blue in november.

    warmed my heart and certainly more accurate than anything that might be a product of mccain's fevered brain.

  • You know, it's possible that Mittens wasn't being a condescending elitist asshole, but actually really did think that ponchos are fancy raincoats, in keeping with the other half of his persona, the hopelessly out-of-touch defective pander-robot.

  • fuflans

    mitt mitt mitt, rule number one:

    1.A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

  • Exhausted66

    "Really sprung for the big bucks.”

    To "spring for" is to "buy."
    "big bucks" is a great deal of "money."

    You can't buy money, Mitt. Oh wait. Bain Capital. Never mind.

  • BlueStateLibel

    And then he kicked a puppy.

    • To be fair, that was not done out of cruelty. He was tenderizing the meat.

  • Can't this guy just go back to polishing his monocles?

  • Biff

    I went through 11 pages without seeing it. Different people get different results. The conspiracy continues apace.

    • not that Dewey

      I would have given up long before 11 pages. Must be something in my search history.

      • Biff

        Because I have no life, I looked again. came in at #8. Not the same. The Urban Dictionary definition did come in at #1 though, which even makes Dan Savage squirmish.

        • CessnaDriver

          Whatever you do, don't look up "cleveland steamer" on Urban Dictionary.

  • snoopyfan2010

    Is that a picture of Mitt with blaah people?

    • IceCreamEmpress

      Once you go blah, you never go bah. And blah don't crah!

  • Gainsbourg69

    "He recalled driving (“sometimes a little fast”) up and down the streets near his home in Michigan, which he playfully likened to an illegal racetrack."

    He sounds like a deviant.

  • Sassomatic

    "Wow, you people sure could use some dental work! You, nice hair. I didn't know Fantastic Sam's had a drive-through!"

  • Maddow wondered aloud on her show last night if anyone would ever be able to get Romney to stop "talking like Thurston Howell."

  • My World of Warcraft avatar will be a wealthy, white, male Christian crusader known far and wide for smiting impoverished wizards and Muslim orcs. At least in Azeroth Mitt Romney will love me.


  • Birdwatcher1

    Dear God, please make Willard Romney lose all his money so that he may stop making abusive comments to real people with no money. Thanks and amen.

  • ttommyunger

    I sometimes wonder what Mittens has done to his tongue to make it hate him so.

  • Priya Mane
  • MiXinG v.k

    Now that Mitt Romney has barely managed to win his abandoned “home state” of Michigan

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