when your ship comes in
and you've got the stock market beat.
But the man worthwhile
is the man who can smile
when his shorts are too tight in the seat.
~ Judge Smails (Ted Knight) in Caddyshack
From ABC News, who broke the story
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.
"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.
. . . The Cracker Bay is owned by Gary Morse, developer of the Villages retirement community. Companies controlled by Morse gave nearly $1 million to the pro-Romney Restore Our Future superPAC. Registered in the Caymans, and flying a version of the Caymans' "civil ensign" or merchant flag, the Cracker Bay has an impressive art collection and can seat 30 for dinner.
It's all completely legal with our country's non-existent laws for political donations.
~ ABC Reporter Brian Ross in the video
BREAKING: In latest unscripted gaffe, Romney pledges to be a President for all "offshore tax havens" abcnews.go.com/Blotter/romney…— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) August 29, 2012
What’s MOST amazing about this? Mittens partying on a yacht named “Cracker Bay” or that it was flying the Cayman flag? abcnews.go.com/Blotter/romney…— Jim Ray (@jimray) August 29, 2012
Mitt’s Cayman party boat: Millionaire donors celebrate their love of low taxes on an offshore-registered mega-yacht salon.com/2012/08/29/mit…— Salon.com (@Salon) August 29, 2012
After much debate, flag flown on the yacht for Mitt Romney's luncheon today was in fact from the Cayman Islands.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 29, 2012
Cayman Islands Civil Ensign Flag
Bob McDonnell Speaks to Romney Big Donors on "50-foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman… goo.gl/fb/YnrI2— VA PoliticsinStereo (@VAnStereo) August 29, 2012
I imagine "Romney Party Yacht Flies Cayman Islands Flag" is not the sort of convention related headline they were hoping for.— xanstarchild (@xanstarchild) August 29, 2012
Some things just speak for themselves!abcn.ws/OxhUFU— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 29, 2012
We'd imagine that if we held our secret party on a foreign-registered yacht, Darrell Issa would have moved to impeach— The Democrat Machine (@DemocratMachine) August 29, 2012
Throwing a party for megadonors on a Caymans-flagged yacht almost feels like the Romney camp is just mocking us now. abcnews.go.com/Blotter/romney…— Josh Dorner (@JoshDorner) August 29, 2012
— FanSeaArtist (@fanseaartist) August 29, 2012
@joshdorner exactly Mitt is saying I don't have to be accountable to YouPeople
.— Aliza Earnshaw (@AlizaEarnshaw) August 29, 2012
@joshdorner - They're not that clever. You're just seeing the usual blinders in action.
The Great Cayman Islands Yacht Flag Hullabaloo Of 2012 huff.to/QzdFeF— Moisés Pérez (@moises_099) August 29, 2012
Remember when arugula was elitist? "the Cracker Bay has an impressive art collection and can seat 30 for dinner." abcnews.go.com/Blotter/romney…— phillip anderson (@phillipanderson) August 29, 2012
Actually, there's no— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) August 29, 2012
#MoreAppropriateRomneyYachtName than "Cracker Bay." So Kudos, Mittens.