Wealth lives right next to sneering cruelty in pop culture. Last night on the show, we looked at the old wrestling example of Ted Dibiase, the Million Dollar Man, the kind of guy who would beat a man into the ground, then stuff a $100 bill in his mouth. His wealth colored and created his brutality. “Mr. DiBiase, I do not know who wrote your character for you in pro wrestling, but if that person has not already made their way there already, there is clearly a future for that person in political consulting,” Rachel said.
Now James Carter, our pal in Georgia, sends over another example of the rich bully, fighter John Bradshaw Layfield. JBL presents himself as a self-made millionaire who decries the mediocrity of his fellow Americans. “You see this quixotic view that the rich somehow should give their money to the poor because the poor are less fortunate,” he says. “Perhaps their shoes were untied. Perhaps the sun was in their eyes. Perhaps their environment was bad, or just perhaps, just maybe perhaps you need to put a window into your soul and realize you can go to work and make something happen.”
If only Mr. Self-Made could debate Elizabeth Warren.