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Romney Campaign Throws Fancy Party on Cayman Island Yacht

“Romney Party Yacht Flies Cayman Islands Flag,” reads the headline! Now that your idiot Wonkette blogger has wasted the last 90 minutes trying to determine with other Twitter people if it’s a Cayman or Bermuda flag — it’s a Brian Ross report, after all — it does in fact appear to be the “other,” more red Cayman flag, a.k.a. the Cayman civil ensign that Cayman boat people put on their Cayman boats. So, to return to where we started: Romney Party Yacht Flies Cayman Islands Flag! The yacht is called Cracker Bay, and that’s not a joke either.

From ABC News:

Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign toasted its top donors Wednesday aboard a 150-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.

The floating party, hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht “Cracker Bay,” was one of a dozen exclusive events meant to nurture those who have raised more than $1 million for Romney’s bid.

How was it, Wilbur Ross?

The event, attended by no more than 50 people, along with Romney relatives, including older brother Scott, appeared on no public calendars. ABC News obtained a schedule of the Romney campaign’s “Victory Council” and waited dockside to speak with members.

“It was a really nice event. These are good supporters,” said billionaire Wilbur Ross, an energy industry executive.

It’s the most fun America’s billionaires have had since the last “get naked and burn that pagan owl” thing at the Bohemian Grove, we hear, from secret insider billionaire sources (our cat).

[ABC News]

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    1. Crank_Tango

      Nobama doesn't get what it is like to be a regular joe sixpack with a fishing boat, because he has been rich so long.

      1. UnholyMoses

        Only rich people think fishing boats* are affordable … you … you … pointy-headed east coast liberal elitist!

        (* Ranger or GTFO!)

      1. bikerlaureate

        Envy will sway more voters than policy ever could.
        Or so his staff seems to believe. I think they should all get big, fat raises to encourage this same level of political acumen right up to Election Day.

    1. UnholyMoses

      Want to?


      Think it's his birthright and sees it as a way to top his very successful daddy, thus giving us a third consecutive GOP President/candidate w/ severe daddy issues?


    2. Arborista

      I wonder if he isn't the only one in his circle of family, church elders & wealthy acquaintance who doesn't particularly want a Romney presidency?

  1. BaldarTFlagass

    That's not the Cracker Bay, it's the Disco Volante. "Wilbur Ross" is the nom de guerre for Emilio Largo. Needs more eyepatch.

    1. Baconzgood

      Did you ever see that episode where they almost got rescued but Gilligan bungles it? That one was the best.

      1. Arborista

        My fave was when the mad scientist took them to a nearby island for experiments in personality transfer…

  2. UnholyMoses

    hosted by a Florida developer on his yacht “Cracker Bay,”

    Cracker Pay seems a tad more apt …

    1. Dumbedup

      and yet…the candidates are neck and neck! I mean it's like the public wants to be taken for granted and mistreated by these rich fucks.

  3. MissTaken

    The Cayman Islands flag is how you find the VIP entrance.

    Gawd I wish that was a joke and not just an observation.

  4. Callyson

    "I think it's ironic they do this aboard a yacht that doesn't even pay its taxes," said a woman who lives aboard a much smaller boat moored at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina.

    Au contraire…why shouldn't the boat take after Mittens and avoid that pesky price we pay for a civilized society?

  5. IncenseDebate

    Reporters on scene couldn't get close to the yacht since it has a powerful nut-launching system.

  6. Poindexter718

    It's easy to grin/
    when your ship comes in/
    and you've got the IRS beat….

    PS: Wilbur Ross is more @ "private equity investor" than "energy executive" and is best know for buying steel companies (b/c notwithstanding this hugely entertaining scoop, Brian Ross is a hack, otherwise not to be trusted).

  7. veence69

    A part of me feels that we're all going to find out eventually that the Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign was an elaborate Kaufman-esque joke.

  8. miss_grundy

    What a stupid, arrogant, rat bastard. And the idiot blue-collar whites in Michigan will vote for this asshat.

    1. Veritas78

      No, they won't. Nor will their neighboring Ohioans. People do know who buttered their bread.

      The West Virginians will, but that's a whole different sad story.

      1. shelwood46

        After that speech last night, I don't think Mitt's going to be inviting Chris to any private parties any time soon.

  9. MacRaith

    A tour of any marina on the Atlantic coast will quickly demonstrate that the more expensive the yacht is, the more likely it is to be registered in the Caymans. The conclusion is left as an exercise for the reader.

  10. Callyson

    And the poll on the right hand side is asking us if we believe that Mitt Romney should release his personal taxes to the public…well done, Wonkette…

    1. Generation[redacted]

      They used a leveraged buyout to take over all the pirate operations, and collect hefty management fees.

  11. MissTaken

    Please tell me 'Scott' lives up to the rep of dumbass Presidential hopeful brothers with rap sheets longer than Obama's penis? Please?

  12. BaldarTFlagass

    So, how many oarsmen do they keep in chains down belowdecks? I like how they camouflaged the oar-holes. "Bad news, men. The captain wants to water ski."

  13. Callyson

    Romney to date has declined to identify the names of his top "bundlers" — those who gather checks from scores of donors on the candidate's behalf.
    "He is the first nominee in 12 years to withhold these names," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political money on the website

    Mittens accuses Obama of a lack of transparency in 3…2…1…

  14. mustangsavvy

    Billionaires on yachts in the Caymen Islands congratulating themselves on being masters of the universe while coughing up a couple of thousand here and there to support His Lord High Hairgel of Romney. That's a populist image that will surely go over splendidly with the unwashed masses.

  15. Wadisay

    Seriously, one wonders why they don't just go all-in and get a trimene with Nubian slave rowers.

  16. Hera Sent Me

    The flag is a naval jack. Most countries have one, and it's usually different in some way from the regular national flag. America's traditional jack, as example, is only the blue with stars part (the "canton") of the regular flag.

    Also, "jack" is what the people on board the particular boat in question plan to do to the US economy if Romney is elected.

      1. Biff

        Isn't there some courtesy thingie about flying the flag of your host country when away from your own? Not that I've ever yachted internationally, but I think I remember that from somewhere…

        1. prommie

          I think you fly it along with, not instead of, but I have never taken the Prommie Yacht to a foreign port.

          1. Biff

            That is how I remember it. When I bought my long-departed yacht, there was a Mexican flag in the aft hold, about 3/4 the size of the US flag. Had two stanchions on the stern, too, to facilitate flying both.

  17. OneYieldRegular

    I always assumed the Cayman Islands was Mitt's true nation anyway. If I can steal just the tone from a typical FOX News story about Obama, "With a Mitt Romney presidency, will we be seeing the flag of the Cayman Islands flying above Washington, D.C.?"

    1. AbandonHope_

      Let me just repeat this, so it will filter through my head…

      There is a "Super Yacht Times".

      What, not good enough for Ultra Yacht Times, buddy?

  18. sbj1964

    Yes,Mittens flying a Cayman flag from his yatch would just be silly in an election year.After all we know his heart is where his money is.

  19. elviouslyqueer

    Ye GODS, the comments on the ABC story managed to both fry my brain cells and make all my dogs' ears bleed.

  20. randcoolcatdaddy

    A friend of mine has a theory that Mittens is trying to raise as much cash as possible and run the worst campaign imaginable so he'll loose on purpose and head off to the Caymans with all the dough.

    Perhaps they were planning his getaway.

    1. bikerlaureate

      So maybe we could host a telethon now and avoid the rest of the election season. What's Mitt's price to leave?

  21. Mahousu

    The saddest part is that while there were apparently around 50 people on the yacht, according to the article, it only seats 30. So even within the inner circle of the inner circle, almost half of them were denied seats.

      1. AbandonHope_

        I imagine the standard operating procedure in a disaster is to drown the ship's crew and then use their bloated bodies as life preservers for the rich folk.

  22. MissTaken

    Kit Moncrief said she and her husband had pledged to raise $1 million for Romney. When asked about the fundraising, she said:

    "We don't like it either, but it's the system," she said

    Be nice guys, Kit didn't enjoy being on the luxury yacht. It made her feel sad.

  23. BaldarTFlagass

    I hope the Coast Guard boards them and writes a citation for not enough life vests. Alternately, maybe the boat will sink and they won't have enough life vests. I can't decide which scenario I like better.

  24. pdiddycornchips

    If Barry (or any prominent dem) stepped one foot on a yacht registered in the Cayman's for a fundraiser, it would be a page one drudge siren story.

  25. rickmaci

    I know they have investor banks in the Cayman's because they have lots of the Richy Rich types who hide their capital gains there. And now I see they also have lots of sailors there with monster dinghys because, well it is an island. So I was wondering if they have lots of sailors, do they also have seamen banks?

  26. keepwalkin

    Sittin on the dock inTampa Bay,
    counting my cash as I fire a guey….

    Wastin' time………………♫

    1. IceCreamEmpress

      To be honest, it would be awesome beyond words if Bammerz did that, because he would be funny as hell about it.

      Maybe Warren Buffett will step up and fund "Cracker Bay 2: Electric Boogaloo"? Soros? Oprah? Anybody?

  27. polnick

    Struggling workers can expect to pay 20% less taxes if Romney becomes president, it will help meet their higher living expenses. Many wasteful social programs will be ended, billions will be saved and taxpayers will have more in their paychecks.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      Awesome! Let me translate, I speak wingnut.

      White people will have twenty cents more a week to spend at Walmart, blah's will get nothing. Billionaires will get free money to spend on wars and yachts. The poors will do the fighting and dying and a few lucky ones will get to polish the gold inside the yachts.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      They can expect the same under Obama … without screwing people who rely on social programs.

    3. SorosBot

      No, he proposes raising taxes on struggling workers; it's just the rich like himself he wants to lower taxes on. Oh and social programs are not wasteful, but very important and government doing its' fucking job.

      1. IceCreamEmpress

        Oh, you and your "logic" and "facts". polnick sees those and raises you two Boortzes and a Cavuto.

    4. BaldarTFlagass

      I see you changed your boardname, Mr. Mxyzptlk. How are things in Bizarro World these days?

  28. HogeyeGrex

    A fundraiser on a yacht under a flag of convenience? Bah. That's nothing. Cheney ran the country for eight years under a flag of convenience.

  29. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Mitt's concern with the the welfare of "boat people" has always been a high personal priority.

  30. Guppy

    Just so long as the yacht's crew and staff were treated in accordance to those notoriously rigorous Caymanian labor and worker safety regulations!

    Oh, wait, "flags of convenience" are only convenient for the job creators.

  31. Pap Finn

    They as much as say, 'fuck you, you rabble' with that flag (and in a million other ways), and yet the working class whites will still line up around the block to vote for their candidates as long as they continue to say ungentle things about Browns and Gheys.

    Won't these dumb fucks ever catch on?

  32. polnick

    The higher defense budget under Romney will give the nation more killer weapons to fight the YELLOW PERIL. Six new nuclear subs plus hundreds of F-35 fighter’s will stop CHING CHOW from being able to KUNG FU America. It will be paid for by ending the social programs that are filling the pockets of embezzlers and poverty p-imps.

    1. DahBoner

      He won't do jack shit against the Chinesesters, just like W.

      Remember W appologizing because the CHINESE TOOK OUR SPYPLANE?

      Nope, braindead.

  33. resolvedwaldron

    The Bain Mutiny:

    Captain Romney: "Ahh, but the taxes that's… that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic….that my Cayman accounts were only to pay minimal taxes not to avoid them…"

  34. DahBoner

    That means the boat is under Cayman Island law, which means all rape is "legit".

    Wink, wink…

  35. mbobier

    Giant yacht…. million-dollar, probably exclusively white fundraisers…. Cayman flag…. "Cracker Bay…." It's all so wonderful, I can't even think of a suitable joke to tie it all together.

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