Class Warfare Blog

October 16, 2017

What Ever Happened to the Scathing Putdown?

The was a political kerfuffle recently when Louise Linton, the wife of our current Secretary of the Treasury, posted a photo of herself (see below) and the Secretary exiting a government airplane on Instagram with the caption: “Great #daytrip to #Kentucky! #rolandmouret, #hermesscarf, #tomford and #valentino,” the culminating hashtags apparently referring to various pieces of her very expensive wardrobe.

A commenter then upbraided Ms. Linton for using a taxpayer-supported plane for what appeared to be a personal trip. Others criticized the flaunting of her wealth. Ms. Linton, in perfect The Empire Strikes Back form, lashed out at her critics. Much frivolity followed.

But whatever happened to the scathing putdown … the withering putdown … the blistering putdown? (Where is Dorothy Parker, now that we need her?) Is this the best we can do, people?

A quick check of Ms. Linton’s Wikipedia page shows she has either inherited or married into her wealth and hence has no “street cred” amongst her class. Her main accomplishments have been in minor roles as an actor, a skill she picked up through private tutorials. Wikipedia says:

“Louise Hay was born in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh, Scotland, the youngest of three children of William and Rachel Hay. Her family owns Melville Castle outside Edinburgh, where she used to spend weekends.”
“Linton was educated at St George’s School for Girls and Fettes College. According to Linton, she trained in Edinburgh with a private coach from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, from which she gained honours after an exam.”

So, we can do better, people. Where is your scorn?

How about:
So, your main life skill is … what … shopping?” or
Did you major in college in marrying well?” or
Where did you pick up your skill in spending other people’s money?”
Did you need coaching in being an asshat or did that come naturally?”

Obviously the wimpy ass critiques of the Instagram comments made no dent in this woman’s sense of privilege, we need to provide higher quality feedback if we are going to bring these people to their senses if not their knees, at least out of their sense of entitlement.














  1. Sounds like a job for the X-man!
    “So, you’re wearing expensive brands while having the taxpayers pay for your day trips? I think we’ve found the real Welfare Queen!”
    “I’m sorry to hear your husband is so poor he can’t afford to buy a plane ticket to Kentucky. Hopefully your next husband will be a little richer.”
    “Sorry I don’t have any more putdowns. Got to work to pay the taxes – those government planes don’t fuel themselves, you know.”


    Comment by List of X — October 20, 2017 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

    • Brilliant, as always! If anyone were up to the task, I knew it would be you!

      On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 8:52 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 21, 2017 @ 8:59 am | Reply

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