Democrats and the Wealthy Rich
Don Surber imagines this edition of “Hardball.”
BOXER: Well it is great to see you, again Chris. Congratulations on beating CNN in the ratings.
MATTHEWS: It is like Cleveland beating the Carolina Panthers. But thanks. The president just cut a deal with the Republicans on the tax package. Why so glum, chum?
BOXER: Because this compromise extends the tax cuts for millionaires. This is unfair. Millionaires should pay more.
MATTHEWS: You say millionaires. You mean like you? You are worth at least one million dollars, more likely five million.
BOXER: What? But, but, but, Republicans are for the wealthy rich. I am a liberal and we are for the poor.
MATTHEWS: Wealthy rich? You mean like John Kerry? Mark Warner? Jared Polis? Herb Kohl? Jay Rockefeller? Dianne Feinstein?
BOXER: No, no, no. I mean the really rich people.
MATTHEWS: Every one I listed is worth at least 46 million dollars, and maybe as high as 293 million dollars.
BOXER: But the Republicans are even richer.
MATTHEWS: Eight of the ten richest people in Congress are Democrats, and not Republicans.
BOXER: Well, I meant people who make a million dollars a year.
MATTHEWS: You mean like me? I make five million dollars a year.
BOXER: Really? Given your ratings, you should be lucky to make minimum wage.
MATTHEWS: Really. I get five million a year. Do you wish to know my secret?
MATTHEWS: By never ever pressing rich white limousine liberals like you on the hypocrisy of your rhetoric.
Now, I don’t know about Boxer — and I’ve never even heard of Jared Polis (who’s apparently a junior Congressman from Colorado with horrible fashion sense, not the guy who lost weight by eating sandwiches) — but certainly Kerry, Kohl, and Rockefeller don’t pretend that they’re working class stiffs. Indeed, many Democrats — including President Obama — make a point to note that people like themselves can afford to pay more in taxes.
But the exchange is still mildly amusing, in that the Democrats have successfully portrayed themselves as the party of the Little Guy and the Republicans as the party of The Rich, even though the latter are so small in number as to be an insignificant voting bloc.