The Obama campaign is often criticized for cozying up to celebs. “Since 2008, Obama’s opponents have attacked him with the celebrity label, saying that he is almost too Hollywood for his own good,” says Jo Piazza, senior editor at Current TV. “It’s an argument that the President is too elitist.” Buzzfeed Politics‘ Zeke Miller agrees that Wintour is just the latest celebrity the campaign is employing (George Clooney came before her, Sarah Jessica Parker followed), and says the Republican attack was just “easy.”
Wintour certainly inspires a lot of vitriol–most of which can be chalked up to her “Nuclear Wintour” rep and The Devil Wears Prada. But the criticisms Wintour is enduring at the hands of the Republicans–that she’s too elitist, too 1%, inaccessible–can just as easily be lobbed back at the Romneys.
“The Romneys live in a multi-multi million dollar world and [Romney's] wife does this incredibly expensive sport, Dressage, and owns countless Cadillacs” Wildman says. “They certainly live in a world that is as, if not more, rarified as Anna Wintour so it’s kind of rich, play on words intended, for them to mock Obama for this.”
And don’t forget Mitt Romney has his own fancy celebrity friends.
“[Obama] isn’t alone in rubbing elbows with the elite,” adds Piazza. “Let’s not forget that Romney still will not disavow Donald Trump as a campaign surrogate, and this is the man who named a vodka after himself.”