Opening Act: A Woman in a Blue Chiffon Dress

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July 9 2012 8:23 AM

Opening Act: A Woman in a Blue Chiffon Dress

The game to play this morning: Judge the best/most 1 percenter quotes from the enterprise stories written outside Sunday's Romney/Koch fundraiser. Michael Barbaro and Sarah Wheaton:

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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.”
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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."

More Barbaro/Wheaton:

“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.

I'd have thought one of the advantages of being mega-wealthy was that you could avoid reporters and public displays, if you wanted to. But the attitude of these Romney donors, as money is concerned, is so much prouder than the attitude of wealthy Obama donors.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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