The Rich Are Different

The intertubes today are rightfully all abuzz about the clueless rich people in the Hamptons who blabbed to a Los Angeles Times reporter about how intolerable it was that the “common people,” in this case “nails ladies” (!) and other riffraff had the “right to vote,” since they’re so dumb and all.

Sitting in a lengthy queue of luxury vehicles waiting to get into a Romney fundraiser, this rich dingbat didn’t think there was anything, well, unseemly about such errant candor, yet she still thinks she’s the smart one.   Another bejewelled nitwit evidently thought she was helping the homeless or something by generously allowing another rich person accommodations on their yacht, since all the hotels were booked.

Although Obama has scandalously failed to prosecute a single bankster, raise their taxes, or inconvenience them in any way, one plutocratic blowhard hastened to add that Obama was a “socialist” who was “biting the hand that fed him.”  You literally can’t make this stuff up.  As I’ve  said before, taking away these people’s money, preferably all of it, would be worthwhile even if we just threw it in the street; never have I heard such toxic entitlement from people so stupid I’m amazed they can wipe themselves, let alone choose a President.

Of course, they clearly aren’t very good at that, either, since they’re dumping 75 grand on a candidate just as loathsomely arrogant as they are, and equally unable to hide the fact.   But life in the 1% bubble, for all its charms, does seem to have a stupefying effect of which even the hapless and compromised Democrats can’t help but take advantage.  Though they are too spineless to have been relentlessly hammering Romney for this sort of thing all along,  the Obama campaign would be committing political suicide not to capitalize on such cartoonishly villainous grandiosity, and it seems that they finally are, albeit too gingerly.

For all their trepidation about forcefully countering tiresome Republican whines about “punishing success,” the only thing that seems to move poll numbers for Obama is the fact that pretty much daily, the “successful” amply demonstrate that they need punishing, and are practically crying out for it.  Those hosting these events include David Koch and Ronald Perelman, both of whom were born rich, got richer, and have been completely obnoxious about it ever since.   Their guests, not to mention their candidate, behave similarly, and undoubtedly will continue to do so; they clearly can’t help themselves.

As much as Obama has, infuriatingly, tried to avoid making this campaign about Class Warfare, his opponents are making such slippery prevarication all but impossible, and that’s a good thing.



  1. nswfm says:

    Is Obama trying to lose? Not wanting to make this about class warfare? It reminds me of SNL and Dana Carvey impersonating GHWB saying, “I don’t want to be a one termer!”

    • cocktailhag says:

      It doesn’t matter, does it? Even if he loses, he’s still “won,” if by that you mean never having to worry about anything ever again. Sure, his grandchildren might have to wear hip waders, but you can bet they’ll be fashionable ones. The only light in the tunnel is that Romney and his supporters are so revolting, and the race so close, that he might have to make minor rhetorical adjustments here and there, and maybe (albeit lamely) even make a gesture or two.
      It’s a thin reed, but it’s all we’ve got.

  2. avelna says:

    This was actually pretty funny:

    You really do have to wonder about these people.

  3. dirigo says:


    An aspect of the confusion affecting “VIP” claimants in the Hamptons …

    “They bury their dead with their heads directly downward because they hold an opinion that in eleven thousand moons they are all to rise again, in which period the earth (which they conceive to be flat) will turn upside down, and by this means they shall, at their resurrection, be found ready, standing on their feet. The learned among them confess the absurdity of the doctrine, but the practice still continues, in compliance to the vulgar.”

    – … from Gulliver’s Travels
    – Jonathan Swift