I have to say I'm skeptical about Linda's being "just folks."
Sure, she and Vince didn't start at the top when they first graduated from college and had to live low on the hog for a while.
And yes, they did declare bankruptcy in 1976 when they couldn't pay their bills, including the one for $33,171 owed to the farm where they boarded and bred their Appaloosa horses.
But you know, that elbow rubbing with the middle class occurred 40 years ago, so you have to wonder if maybe she hasn't gotten just a tad out of touch since amassing a fortune.
I mean, there aren't a lot of people in the paycheck-to-paycheck bracket that can, according to The New York Times, spend "more personal wealth to win a Senate seat than anyone in history."
I though I'd look into Linda's lifestyle these days, and what better place to start than her neighborhood.
Unlike Chris Murphy, Linda doesn't live in a two-story colonial in the suburbs. No sir, Linda lives in an urban apartment building.
Actually, she lives in a condo — OK, a penthouse — in a building called Trump Parc Stamford. I don't know what's up with the "Parc." Trump isn't the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but you would think he could handle Park.
I'm not sure exactly how much Linda's penthouse costs, but she pays more than $50,000 a year just in property taxes, so you have to figure her neighbors don't include a lot of teachers and firefighters. She also pays her taxes late sometimes, so in that regard she's like one of the gang.
Trump Parc is located in inner-city Stamford on a street called Greenwich Avenue. I'm not all that familiar with Stamford, but my guess is that Greenwich Avenue gets plowed pretty quickly after it snows.
Although I've never actually been to the Trump Parc, the place sounds really nice. This description is from a Trump Parc marketing video:
"You will immediately feel at home as you enter Trump Parc Stamford's elegant marble and onyx paneled lobby overlooking Mill River Park. Been shopping on Greenwich Avenue or returning from a trip? The lobby doorman and porter will be sure that your packages and luggage arrive safely at your doorstep. If you're thinking about an evening on the town, a weekend getaway, or just need a reservation at a nearby restaurant, relax and let your full-time concierge handle all the details as you enjoy a few moments by the lobby's shimmering waterfall. Living at Trump Parc Stamford is very special, indeed."
Trump Parc also comes with a lot of extras, and we're not just talking laundry room in the basement, here.
"The entire seventh floor of Trump Parc Stamford is comprised of a virtual country club within the building; an urban oasis featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, an all-season lap pool with adjoining wraparound terraces, men's and women's locker rooms, saunas, screening and billiards rooms, and party rooms with a caterers kitchen."
No I know this sounds pretty fancy, but if you think about it, many middle-class homes offer similar amenities.
Granted, the pool may be above ground, and the screening room may be the recliner in the finished basement, and the sauna may only kick in during the summer when the AC is on the fritz.
As for doormen and porters, I mean, one of the reasons people have kids is to help lug in the groceries.
Now, after scoping out Linda's 'hood, I have to say I was more skeptical than ever that she relates as much to average people as her TV ads say. But then it hit me: Of course she's connected to the middle class, through the Trump Parc porters, and doormen, and security guards and concierges she comes in contact with everyday.