Remember Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the fantastically wealthy wife of an heir to England’s most influential and storied banking dynasty? About a year ago, she was a Hillary Clinton supporter, and had this to say:
“I think if history is our guide, we’ve had stronger economies, more wealth creation, under Democratic presidents than we have under Republican presidents.”
Now she’s announcing her support for John McCain for president. Why not Obama? “Because frankly I don’t like him,” she told CNN. And why would Forester (who is a voting American but lives at Ascott House, her husband Sir Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild’s country estate in Britain) not like the Illinois senator? “I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him,” she said. “I feel like he is an elitist.”
Please allow that to sink in. As Matthew Yglesias sagely observed, irony is truly dead. The real reason that Forester de Rothschild probably doesn’t trust Barack Obama is that his economic plan will raise taxes on people in her income bracket (the spectacularly rich one) by upwards of 10 percent. So not, technically, because Obama is an elitist. More like because he’s targeting the elites, like Forester de Rothschild herself.
Prominent Clinton backer and DNC member to endorse McCain [CNN]
Rothschilds Against Elitism [Yglesias/Think Progress]
Earlier: Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Blonde, Rich, Wise