The five-figure-a-plate fundraising soirée for Mitt Romney brought out the elite to the Hamptons, where they could show their appreciation for a man who truly gets them. Along the way, he wondered why the hoi polloi doesn’t think that what’s good for the rich is good for everyone.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed one woman who mused that normal people just don’t get it.
A New York City donor a few cars back, who also would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. “I don’t think the common person is getting it,” she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. “Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them.”
“We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails [sic] ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”
In case you missed it, there was a not-so-veiled reference there to the right to vote, and why it should probably be taken away from the great unwashed masses.
But the unnamed rich woman wasn’t the only clueless person helping out their fellow clueless rich person.
A few cars back, Ted Conklin, the owner of the American Hotel in Sag Habor, N.Y., long a favorite of the well-off and well-known in the Hamptons, could barely contain his displeasure with Mr. Obama. “He is a socialist. His idea is find a problem that doesn’t exist and get government to intervene,” Mr. Conklin said from inside a gold-colored Mercedes as his wife, Carol Simmons, nodded in agreement.
Ms. Simmons paused to highlight what she said was her husband’s generous spirit: “Tell them who’s on your yacht this weekend! Tell him!”
Over Mr. Conklin’s objections, Ms. Simmons disclosed that a major executive from Miramax, the movie company, was on the 75-foot yacht, because, she said, there were no rooms left at the hotel.
Alas, it wasn’t all fun and games for Mitt’s elite friends. After all, how does one maintain one’s level of superiority over others when one is among one’s fellow überrich?
A woman in a blue chiffon dress poked her head out of a black Range Rover here on Sunday afternoon and yelled to an aide to Mitt Romney, “Is there a V.I.P. entrance. We are V.I.P.”
Yes you are! You are so V.I.P.!
While the very rich are no doubt different than you and me, one can’t help noting that the first woman quoted, the one lamenting the poor, uneducated common folk, was wrong. Mitt Romney is not struggling to overtake President Barack Obama because the commoners don’t understand the system. Mitt is struggling to catch on precisely because the common folk understand the system all too well.
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