Mitt Continues the “Popeye” Strategy

Mitt speaking today on his relationship with the GOP base:  “It’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen throughout the campaign, if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative, attacking of President Obama, that you’re going to jump up in the polls. I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am.”  Emphasis added.

Or, as Popeye would say, “I yam what I yam.”

Mitt Invokes the Popeye Defense

The cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man (I know, I ‘m showing my age) used to say, “I yam what I yam.”

And this morning, when questioned about his Cadillac reference, Mitt Romney told Chris Wallace “I just am who I am.”

I’m not a Mittens fan, but I think the Cadillac flap is silly.  We know the guy is worth at least $250 million.  People own stuff (houses, cars, boats, jewelry, art, etc.) that reflects their income and their net worth.  The two Cadillacs aren’t even top-of-the-line Escalades, such as Newtie owns.

We have bigger fish to fry with Mitt.  He still hasn’t clarified if his Cayman Islands accounts helped him avoid the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) on his IRA, for example, a question first raised by Talking Points Memo and picked up by the NYT.  I’m much more interested in tax avoidance schemes than in how the super rich spend the money left after they pay what they owe.