Yesterday Willard Romney raked in millions of dollars at three fundraisers (that were closed to reporters) in the Hamptons, including one at the beachfront estate of billionaire David Koch that hauled in $75,000 a couple.
There were about 200 protesters nearby who displayed very appropriate banners and signs that read: "Your $50,000 ticket equals my child's education," "end corporate personhood" and "don't forget to tip the help."
The other two events were held at "The Creeks," the estate of Revlon Chairman Ronald Perelman, (at $25,000 a person for a VIP photo reception) and one that Clifford Sobel hosted. He was ambassador to Brazil under G.W. Bush.
The L.A. Times did some reporting on these events, and a few items stood out to me:
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — A line of Range Rovers, BMWs, Porsche roadsters and one gleaming, cherry red Ferrari began queuing outside Perelman's estate long before Romney arrived, as campaign aides and staffers in white polo shirts emblazoned with the logo of Perelman's property checked off names under tight security. [...]
A money manager in a green Jeep said it was time for Romney to "up his game and be more reactive." So far, said the donor, who declined to give his name because he said it would hurt his business, Romney has had a "very timid offense."
A New York City donor a few cars back, who would not give her name for similar reasons, 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... 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."
Gee, that's funny, I kinda think we "common people" do get it, even "the nails ladies." Even the "uneducated lower income" Americans. It's a safe bet that they understand all too well, which is why they're being disenfranchised by so many GOP governors.
And then there was the entertainingly blunt physician Adam Rosenbluth:
"I think sometimes he seems a little plastic," said Rosenbluth, who said Romney was on the right track by meeting more often with individual voters and donors. "His looks are almost Ken doll. And people are like, 'Is he made like a Ken doll? — is there something in there?' "
Of course, the Range Rover/BMW/Porsche roadster/gleaming, cherry red Ferrari crowd slammed President Obama, too, but hey, with allies like these...