MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
This past weekend in the Hamptons, the gluttonous orgy of Romney campaign fundraising among America's Marie Antoinette crowd was so brazenly contemptuous of non-millionaires that the only thing missing was a raffle prize for an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands.
The most celebrated comment, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, was by a woman waiting to enter one of the events (one of the others was a Koch brothers' fundraiser) who lectured:
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."
Oh the ignorant masses, including the woman's daughter, just aren't happy with sucking exhaust fumes from Ferraris, Porsches and BMWs. When will they learn their place?
The remarks made by attendees of the Hamptons' fundraisers, which sounded like something heard in the Tsar's court just before the Russian revolution, were so remarkably arrogant and bumptious that Al Sharpton, on his MSNBC progam, had a comedy group hilariously re-enact some of them verbatim.
As the LA Times article quoted one attendee, "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," Michael Zambrelli said as the couple waited in their SUV for clearance into one of the fundraisers.
Or maybe that could be rephrased that it's not helping the economy for those who have grown fat with riches to scorn those who have done the gut work in building the United States to make their lavish sloth lifestyles possible.
A mixed group of protestors came out from New York City to march along the beach behind the David Koch estate, according to Mother Jones. It's good they took a bus: parking at the local chi-chi beach costs $40 a day.