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  • In Defense of Dressage

    During his recent sandpaper-smooth London tour, reporters asked Mitt Romney if he'd be watching his wife's horse Rafalca in the Olympic dressage competition. His response? "I have to tell you. This is Ann's sport. I'm not even sure which day the sport goes on. She will get the chance to see it, I will not be watching the event. I hope her horse does well."

    Okay. Did Mitt Romney blow off his wife? Because it feels like he blew off his wife… and her horse, Rafalca, too. Mitt, where's the love? Not sure which day this goes on? A quick glance at the online Olympics calendar shows that the event will be held on August 2nd, 3rd and 7th. I'm sure Ann Romney would appreciate her Mr. Fantastic-looking husband in the stands whooping it up (or golf-clapping, or whatever you do at those things).

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    Tags: Ann Romney, Indecision Delegates, Mitt Romney, Money, Olympics
  • From the Pork Barrel: The Earl of Romney

    * Mitt and Ann Romney are apparently big fans of BBC's Downton Abbey, which is cool but not shocking. It's always nice to see how the less fortunate live.

    * CNN explains how America ends.

    * Still looking for the proper venue for your play "Long Day's Journey to the Right"? Need an audience that's sophisticated enough to appreciate your masterwork "The Taxman Cometh"? Want to get some receptive eyeballs on "Much Agnew About Nothing"? Have I got news for you! Philadelphia's Republican Theater Festival 2012 has sent out a call for submissions. Get yours in today!

    * Download the Indecision Election Companion, our free app for your iPhone and iPad, and climb up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spreads his hippy peacelovedope message all over Fox News Sunday on Fox News this Sunday at 10/9c.

    Tags: Ann Romney, Mitt Romney, Television, United Kingdom
  • Ann Romney May Not Have Said "You People"

    Ever see that picture that looks like a young woman with her head turned and an old, witchy lady? That feeling of illusion is what many people who were angered by Ann Romney's "you people" comment felt after reading this article and ABC's statement, that claim that she actually didn't say what everybody thinks she said.

    I watched this video yesterday having been told she said it, and heard "you" multiple times. Then I watched it after being told she didn't say it, and couldn't say I did. This is the sort of thing science can't explain, like magnets and why puppy breath smells like the laughter of children.

    Regardless, there's no argument Romney said all the other things in this interview that left viewers scratching their heads. Example: Does a candidate who refuses show us his tax returns look like a man who wants to hide something? Shortest answer? Yes.

    In closing…

    Mitt Romney's estimated 2011 tax liability: 3.2 million dollars.

    Ann Romney's face at the 1:13-1:16 mark: Priceless.

    Photo by Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images

    Tags: Ann Romney, Mitt Romney, Mormon, Taxes
  • 54% of Voters Disagree with 100% of Romneys on Tax Returns

    Mitt RomneyA newly released poll shows that more than half of respondents want Mitt Romney to do something that there's no way in hell he's ever going to do

    [B]y a substantial margin of 17 percentage points, [those asked said] that Romney in particular should release more than two years of returns. By 54%-37%, they say Romney should release tax returns from additional years. Those calling for more disclosure include 75% of Democrats, 53% of independents and 30% of Republicans.

    Conversely, by an even more substantial margin of 100 percentage points, Romneys asked said that everybody should shut up and leave Mitt Romney alone. By 100%-0%, they say that you people  have received all need to know and understand about their financial situation.

    Not sure which poll is gonna carry more weight with the presidential nominee. We'll just have to wait and see.

    Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Ann Romney, Mitt Romney, Polls, Taxes
  • Ann Romney Says Good Morning to "You People"

    Earlier today Ann Romney appeared on the ignoble boob tube, on which we commoners suckle, to talk to Good Morning America. After Robin Roberts asked her about her husband's undisclosed tax returns, Romney replied…

    "We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation…"

    Taken out of context it sounds exactly like what it sounded like in context, which is that Ann Romney calls everyone who doesn't own a Rafalca "you people." But her "Let them eat tax breaks!" moment didn't end there

    "You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially. He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years."

    That's nice, but the Mormon church requires its followers to tithe 10 percent of their income every year. And while it was righteous of Romney to let Massachusetts keep his salary for four years, the approximately $600,000 he would have earned is a mere .3 percent of his net worth.

    Look, if a homeless guy tried to give me a quarter he found on the ground, I probably* wouldn't take it either.


    * Unless I needed money for the meter.

    Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Ann Romney, Massachusetts, Mormon, Taxes