Richard Cohen discovers that Obama is so last year:
Barack Obama has lost the Hamptons.
That sentence is a fat target for ridicule, I know, since the Hamptons are often reviled as the playground of the ridiculously rich and the promiscuously silly — hardly the working-class Democratic base. As is usually the case, there’s some truth to the stereotype, but enough exceptions to that rule to make the White House pay attention. The Hamptons is where the Democratic energy, money and intellectual firepower of Manhattan goes for R&R. It’s just not another beach.
Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned.
Let me call the roll. I am talking about are writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more.
No real surprise there, lots of people are realizing what we figured out over three years ago – Obama is New Coke.
That column, however, is unintentionally revealing. As anyone who watches Royal Pains can tell you, the Hamptons is like Martha’s Vineyard, Aspen, and Palm Springs – they are playgrounds for the rich and shameless.
Any “run-of-the-mill Democrats” you see there will be waiting tables and cleaning rooms, not rubbing elbows with millionaires.
Manhattan is not the center of the universe, it is the center of snooty elitism. “Politically sophisticated Obama supporter” is an oxymoron, with emphasis on the “moron.”
Cohen is a Village idiot, and this column shows you how detached from the real world the media is.