Monday, July 09, 2012
Quote of the Day, Jr.
"I don't think the common person is getting it. We got the message. But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails 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."
-- Anonymous, Range Rover-owning woman attending yesterday's Romney fundraiser in the Hamptons on how the little people just don't understand what Barack Obama is doing to this country
If you haven't yet, do yourself a favor and read TPM's breakdown of the mega-rich attendees at Romney's soiree; as the piece says, a lot of them managed to perfectly live up to the stereotype you'd imagine.
I get that Obama counts on and courts the wealthy himself -- all politicians do. But to be this willfully tone-deaf and condescending requires an insular lifestyle and worldview that's offensively ugly. And while Romney has been a member of a rarefied club since his first breath, he's chosen to embrace a specific brand of ultra-entitlement -- a greed-is-good ethos that puts him fundamentally at odds with the common man. Mitt Romney easily moves among people like Hamptons Range Rover lady there, as well as guys like Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon and the rest of the financial "supermen" who cratered the global economy just for the hell of it, because he's one of them. He walks their walk and talks their talk.
Might be a good thing to keep in mind this election season.