EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – 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.”
No such entrance existed. The line of cars waiting to enter a Romney event at a waterfront estate here had reached 30 deep, testament to the Republican candidate’s fund-raising might on a weekend when he is expected to haul in $3 million in the Hamptons.
Mr. Romney’s aides apologized for the wait: each donor had to be checked off a guest list in the driveway, leading to a major backup. “We are doing our best,” an aide carrying a clipboard said, sweat dripping down her cheeks.
Because for sure, we can’t be waiting in line in a blue chiffon dress. It might wrinkle.
F. Scott Fitzgerald couldn’t have written it better.
Mr. Romney arrived in this town of outsized homes and conspicuous consumption for the first of three major fund-raisers on Sunday afternoon, his motorcade of Chevrolet Suburbans passing a gleaming line of Bentleys, Porsches and a Mercedes Benzes waiting to deposit guests who paid up to $25,000 a head to hear him speak.
A luncheon fund-raiser was held at the sprawling home of Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire financier and chairman of Revlon. Widely described as the largest estate in East Hampton, it has 40 rooms, nine fireplaces and takes up mile along Georgica Pond.
After that, Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was also scheduled to attend fund-raisers at the Hamptons homes of Clifford Sobel, the former United States ambassador to Brazil, and the billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, a major donor to conservative causes.
The event at Mr. Koch’s home, the biggest of the day, was expected to attract a sizable crowd of protesters, who, in brochures promoting the demonstration, said they opposed “the ever-growing and pervasive influence of Koch Industries,” the company controlled by Mr. Koch and his brother, Charles.
I guess we can cheer for catering and private security spikes in employment, eh?
Conservatives like to tell me in their best mom voice that I’m simply filled with envy, because I don’t have what they do. Actually, no. I’m far more interested in living a simple, contented life where I have access to basic things to live, like food, water, doctors, and can have dental work done without bankrupting myself in the process. I’ve never wanted to live the kind of life that spawns thinking like this:
At Mr. Perelman’s house, a handful of guests stuck in the line outside rolled down their tinted windows to chat or simply shouted from their convertibles of their enthusiasm for Mr. Romney and disdain for President Obama.
Laura R. Schwartz of New Jersey, the woman inside the Range Rover, complained that Mr. Obama had not visited Israel as president, a slight to the country, in her eyes. “I don’t think he is good for Israel,” she said. Mr. Romney, she said, “is a fresh face.”
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.
Well of course such problems don’t exist for the Kochs, Conklins, Sobels and Perelmans of the world. They have real problems, like whose yacht to bunk in for the night with all those hotel rooms sold out.
That concludes this episode of “The Entitled.” Coming soon to a luxury resort near you.
Special Encore: Bitty™, our anonymous lady in blue chiffon, had a few more things to say to the LA Times:
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.“
Which system is it we don’t understand, Bitty™? The one where we pay higher taxes than you and Biff™? Or the one where you buy your politicians and expect them to deliver? I ask specifically because it’s clear you’re bitter about Wall Street not getting their preferred status at the trough after President Obama’s inaugural:
The Zambrellis scoffed at attempts by the Democrats — who mocked Romney in an ad Sunday as “great for oil billionaires, bad for the middle class” — to wage class warfare. “Would you like to hear about the fundraisers I went to for him?” Sharon Zambrelli said of Obama. “Do you have an hour? … All the ones in the city — it was all of Wall Street.”
ORLY? You went to all those fundraisers and only donated a measly $2400? Yeah, I see where your unemployed kid and your hubby did too, but it seems like you must have mostly attended the ones with free canape´s and champagne, Bitty™ dear. Because I just don’t see the big bucks you’re talking about.
“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 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.”
Well of course they are. Because he didn’t play nice and do everything they wanted. And that mean, nasty Dodd-Frank bill? Well, I never.
Note: Bitty™ and Biff™ are my designated names for the Entitled Ones who just cannot understand all of the riff-raff’s complaints.
- ObamaCare, right here.
- Irony, oh sweet irony…