I, too, Am Sorry for Newt Gingrich
Hoisted from Comments: Ken Houghton on How the Bosses of the Washington Post Throw the Good Work Their Good Reporters Do into the Toilet

Relative Deprivation and the Put-Upon American Merely Upper Class

James Fallows on Professor Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx. Well worth reading for the quote from Tom Wolfe.

I should point out one thing about the feelings of relative deprivation that I attribute to Professor Xxxxxxxxx--that of feeling, in his lizard brain, relatively deprived, put-upon, and middle class because the gap between his merely upper-class standard of living and the superrich that he knows of is today much, much larger than the gap between the upper class and the superrich that existed a generation ago and that he expected to exist today.

These feelings of relative deprivation are things I know well, because they are my own. I try to stomp them out as silly (which they are). But they are there.