“I would vote for Obama. I would vote for Rudy Giuliani,” he said.
“I’d vote for Rudy,” said his pal, Bill Frankenbach, the Southampton town Republican chairman from 1972 to 1974.
Mr. Schwenk said he hoped that whoever was elected would secure peace between Palestine and Israel. “Until somebody goes to work on that, there will not be peace in this world,” he said.
He added that he thought there would be some advantages of having Mr. Clinton back in the White House. “He would be her emissary worldwide,” he said. “It may be not the worst thing that could happen. You got to give the devil his due—he did not do a bad job as president.”
Could Mr. Frankenbach imagine another bimbo eruption?
“Oh yeah. What gets me is seeing them together smiling at all these fund-raisers. She’s holding hands and they’re smiling and he’s cheating on her all the way. By the way—check out the hat on that lady.”
Ted Kruckel, a natty public relations man, was having a smoke outside the tent.
“I’m not so sure that I’m supporting Hillary,” he said. “She has not shown backbone in this campaign. She’s really been an equivocator. ”
Mr. Kruckel said he had given “the max” to her senatorial campaign and had served on “every” Hillary Clinton committee but might “go Obama” this time.
What’s his message to Mrs. Clinton?
“Get real. Get real.”
Bob Colacello, the Vanity Fair writer and biographer of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, appeared with some friends. “Why are you ruining my evening?” he asked. “You want me to think about the Clintons in the White House? I wish the Clintons had gone back to Arkansas and never come to New York in the first place.”