Monday, July 09, 2012

Romney rakes in the riches in the Hamptons

Maeve Reston at LAT had a different view at Romney's day in the Hamptons than my previous post. She unearths more quotes illuminating the innermost thoughts that darken the beautiful minds of our national wealthholders.

Loved the "money manager" who complained Romney wasn't showing enough balls in the fight but was afraid to give his own name because "it would hurt his business." However, this woman wins for best summation of donor concerns:
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 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."
Yeah this country just went to hell when they gave those stupid working class people the vote. You know, like these obviously undeserving folks:

[Photo credit: Clare O'Connor. More photos at link.]

But one guy wasn't afraid to give his name. Michael Zambrelli says he used to love Obama but it's all over now because, class warfare.
"It's not helping the economy to pit the people who are the engine of the economy against the people who rely on that engine," said as the couple waited in their SUV for clearance into the Creeks shortly after the candidate's motorcade flew by and entered the pine-tree lined estate. "He's basically been biting the hand that fed him in '08. ... I would bet 25% of the people here were supporters of Obama in '08. And they're here now."
Poor little rich people. They thought they had an easy patsy when they supported Obama last time but then he goes and hurts their feelings by suggesting they kick in a few thousand extra from the millions and billions they made since Obama has been in office. Hell, how they are supposed to afford $75K dinners if they have to carry that awful burden? Oh, and by the way, Steve M does some digging on Michael Zambrelli. Ironically, it turns out he's a sold out hippie. Which proves the old saw, money changes everything.

But the most important point in the piece I think is this:
At the evening fundraiser at the estate of Julia and David Koch on Meadow Lane in Southampton, the suggested contribution was $75,000 per couple — with funds going to Romney's campaign, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Kochs are playing a long and wide game. They're using the presidential race as a distraction. The real power is in controlling the Congress and the Statehouses and with their billions, they can afford to buy it all. And have I mentioned the election is only four months from now?

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