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.


Anonymous said...

If memory serves, she then screamed out to her husband 'tell him who we have. Tell him who we have on the boat tonight'

VOTAR said...

That's an odd place to get a shoe shine.

Also, my capchta word is Fackem.

Anonymouse said...

Pretty much says it all to me...granted its a bit dated. The disparity between rich and poor has gotten more extreme...but I think the sentiment holds true.

kanye said...

Mitt Romney: Not to my usual standards.

Airport Dude: My apologies, sir. The conditions are less than ideal.

Mitt Romney: Of course...understandable.

Mitt Romney: [takes a drink] Now go home and get your fuckin' shinebox!

Airport Dude: Mother fuckin' Mitt! You, you fucking piece of shit!

-Cue Donovan-

Anonymous said...

A picture is worth a thousand words. Priceless pic of Mitt getting his shoes shined to drive the point home that him and his ilk hate us 99%ers. So glad we don't have a pic of him getting screened by security with a wand.

ZIRGAR said...

He's not getting his shoes shined. He's having the dried, bloodied remains of middle class workers scraped from off the bottoms of his shoes.

"I say, you missed a spot there, Winston, old boy. Carry on."

Tuba Terry said...

I wonder how much that shoe shine cost Mittens? I'd place my bets on a 10th of a second worth of earnings, maybe a quarter second.

I was about to say "real men shine their own damn boots" but then I realized that's not always the case. Sometimes you've got a uniform inspection first thing in the morning, and your buddy next door can't even get a mirror in the sunlight to shine. Being the good guy that you are, you trade like for like. Maybe he'll take an extra duty shift for you, or a 6-pack will turn up in your fridge. Sure, it's not perfect, but as long as everyone wins a little bit, it's all good.

I forget what my point was but Mitt Romney's an asshole. said...

Getting a shoe shine can be an act of love. Please let me explain, I was at the USSF in 2010 in Detroit. Lots of Birkenstocks and well-weathered boots walking through the conference center. In the middle of it all, two shoeshiners watching as people passed by but none stop. I asked one of the few people I saw wearing leather shoes if I could buy him a shoeshine. He was baffled, but complied.

Recently, while out walking with my kid, whose boots were in a sad shape in need of several layers of polish, a shoeshiner called out to us. At first, I just walked on, then I realized that this was an ideal opportunity to move some beneficial energy in the form of money. We stepped onto his shoe shine chair and he thanked us profusely and regaled us with stories as he brought out the shine in my kid's boots.

Despite pictures of Mitt's tarmac shoe shine, or Clinton's haircut, or John Edwards very personal documentarian, I hope that we can elevate the conversation to honor the shoeshiner.

WingGal said...

Uh, I'm an airline employee and that's TSA using a wand. I'm assuming because he's about to board the plane.