Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lady Forester de Rothschild on... elitism?

Okay, so we've heard charges from millionaire Republicans like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity that Democrats are elitists. It's a favorite canard of theirs, and they've gotten a lot of phony-populist mileage out of it. You have to wonder how far this kind of chutzpah can stretch.

Frankly, I still have to wonder, because they seem to be stretching it pretty far already. Recently, none other than Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, wife of the multibillionaire international banker Sir Evelyn Rothschild, whom she was introduced to by none other than Henry Kissinger, is disparaging Senator Barack Obama as... an elitist. No, really! I have video! Check it out:

As Lady de Rothschild explains in the video, she was a supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton's White House bid, and was even a member of the Democratic National Committee until very recently. (Obviously, she felt compelled to step down when she decided to endorse Senator John McCain for president.)

I suppose that's all well and good. As an Obama supporter, there's something nice about watching the McCain campaign squirm at a member of the elite hypocritically referring to the child of a single mother who worked his way up in life as an "elitist." But what's Lady de Rothschild's complaint all about? Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's policy views aren't that different, while both are very different from John McCain's. In the interview with Campbell Brown earlier this week, Lady de Rothschild doesn't seem to have a clear explanation as to what this is all about. So what's going on?

At the risk of adding just one more Rothschild-related conspiracy theory to the towering heap already out there, I offer mine. Lady de Rothschild supported Hillary Clinton for the nomination as a strategic move to put the weaker Democrat in power, making it easier for the Republicans to retain the White House this year. Having failed at that, she's moving toward the next-best strategy, which is to support John McCain outright, with money and everything. But that's where my theory falls apart. If Lady de Rothschild really supported John McCain, would she actually go on TV, demonstrating herself to be an out-of-touch, vapid denizen of the upper-upper-crust, giving no solid reason to support John McCain in the first place, and making McCain look like an elitist by merit of her jumping on board his ship?

It could be that there's no conspiracy, and that Lady de Rothschild is as myopic as she comes across. This just leaves one question unanswered: is Lady de Rothschild a millstone for McCain, or an albatross?

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At Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 8:05:00 PM EDT, Blogger TT said...

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At Friday, September 19, 2008 at 10:43:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Burr Deming said...

The endorsement by Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild will be among McCain's most valued. Here's why.

At Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 10:18:00 AM EDT, Blogger Kurt Kaletka said...

Burr Deming--Are you serious? Evelyn Rothschild a "gentleman farmer"? You guys are taking your phony populism way too far. The Rothschilds have been prominent bankers in Europe for centuries. They issued bonds to Napoleon Buonaparte, for God's sake! To suggest that they're simple country people who worked their way up is a joke. That might have been true of the Rothschilds of the sixteenth century, but Evelyn Rothschild was born in the twentieth century, well after his family had established itself as some of the most highly placed among the world's monied elites.

To tell you the truth, I'm a little insulted you actually tried to pull that punch on me. Does this trick of yours usually work?


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