friends allowed me this opportunity to demonstrate
the commonness of my touch." (Brian Blanco/Reuters)
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.Maybe there'd be more "commoners" at Romney events if they were $7.50 or $75 per person, but $75,000 is just a bit beyond the reach of most Americans. But as out-of-touch as you need to be to not understand that, or to not understand why Mitt Romney's offshore bank accounts and trickle-down economic policies give him problems with ordinary Americans, at least Romney's Range Rover donor understood where Mitt Romney's support is really coming from: people who hate Obama enough to drop nearly six figures on one meal.
"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."
Contrast what she said with what Romney's campaign said when it announced that it had $160 million cash on hand:
This month’s fundraising is a statement from voters that they want a change of direction in Washington.No, it's not. Romney's $100 million haul in June didn't have anything to do with what most voters want or don't want. Instead, it reflects the fact that Mitt Romney's true base of support comes from people who can afford to pay $75,000 a person to have dinner with him—people like the woman who was complaining about the commoners.