While the president and first lady have ratcheted up their class warfare rhetoric against the Romneys, the Obama campaign has basked in the 1 percent glow of fashionistas woefully out of touch with middle America. British-born Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, a top Obama campaign finance bundler, is aggressively spearheading Runway to Win. She's held multiple million-dollar fundraisers for Obama in Hollywood, New York, London and Paris -- and has raked in the fourth highest amount for the White House.
In return, she snagged two coveted invitations to fancy-schmancy White House State Dinners in January 2011 and March 2012. Wintour's $40,000-per-plate dinners are adorned with A-list celebs. She rubbed her nose in hurting families' faces by starring in a swanky campaign video filmed at her tony townhouse -- which was released the same day the Labor Department released a miserable May unemployment report.
New Yorkers are now buzzing about Wintour intimidating designers into spurning Republican women. "The fashion industry is predominantly on the left," fashion publicist Lee Everett of LaunchPad PR told FoxNews.com, "noting that many brands and designers fear being associated with the GOP."
A political code of silence among conservatives in the business is de rigueur. But Everett sensibly lamented the industry's writing off of "the other '50 percent' of the country. For the sake of the fashion industry, it should remain apolitical."
Young New York City designer Bradley Scott also spoke up against ideological "persecution" in his industry. "It's really offensive for me, as a designer, to be issued an unveiled threat by someone who could exert an enormous amount of influence over my customers, store buyers and magazine editors," he told me on Tuesday. "I for one want absolutely nothing to do with this attack on women. This pressure upon designers should offend every woman in this country, not just the conservatives."
After four years of failed Hope and Change, Americans are finally realizing that the emperor of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has no clothes. After Election Day, the demagoguing Democratic doyennes of Seventh Ave. may well find themselves out of style, too. Bigotry never wears well.