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Schadenfreude for a GOP Convention Delegate's Misadventure or Prada Goeth Before a Fall

Updated on October 14, 2008

Gabriel Nathan Schwartz's Misadventure at the GOP Convention

John Schwartz's column in the Sunday NY Times entitled "The Harder they Fall, the More I Smile" contains the following anecdote about a young, affluent delegate to the GOP convention:

"Then there are the people whose judgment is so horrifyingly bad that those of us who have honed our sense of schadenfreude must stand back in awe, as if we have been presented with a kind of once-in-a-lifetime performance art. That artist, that visionary is Gabirel Nathan Schwartz, a lawyer from Denver who had a bit of trouble in August at the Republican National Convention. Mr. Schwartz--no relation--seems to have met a nice lady at a bar during the convention and taken her back to his hotel room.

"Here's what happened next, accorting to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, in a report that reads like blank verse:

'Once there, the woman fixed the drinks and told him to get undressed.

'And that, the delegate to the Republican National Convention told police, was the last thing he remembered.'

"According to the initial police report, when Mr. Schwartz, who is 29, woke up, he was $120,000 poorer. He had been relieved of a great deal of cash plus a $30,000 watch, a $20,000 ring, a $5,000 necklace and a belt worth $1,000 Prada.

"Once the story of his misadventure started making the rounds on the Internet, Mr. Schwartz said, 'I used poor judgment.' A spokeswoman for Mr. Schwartz said that his losses actually amounted to $63, 050, and that he has worked with the police to correct the misunderstanding.

"In his statement, he said he was 'joking around' when he pronclaimed during an interview earlier in the convention that he wanted 'less taxes and more war,' and that the United States should 'bomb the hell out of Iran.'

"I might not have the kind of money that gives me expertise in this area, and I don't own any Prada. But I feel I know a thing or two about wealth. And let me tell you that anybody who wears a $30,000 watch can afford to lose $30,000. Prada goeth before a fall."

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      It sounds as though the lady in question has found a whole new use for the so-called date rape drugs. This guy must be feeling pretty stupid, but we all learn through experience.

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      Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Ralph, I have heard this story, especially as I live in Colorado and it was all over the local News. I have the feeling the kid claimed to have been drugged and robbed in order to hoax his insurance company out of thousands, then discovered he'd achieved his five minutes of fame in national opinion... as the biggest idiot ever.

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I wasn't expecting any profound comments. My motive was merely to share something  I thought was funny with other HubPagers who may not have seen it. I used to travel in Latin America where the word was carry a Timex not a Rolex which attracts thieves, muggers like flies on horseshit.

      Anyway, thanks for your unoriginal comment!

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      FredrickBernanke 8 years ago

      Unoriginal and, therefore, unworthy of an original comment.