Yes, the McMahons are wingnuts but they are more loyal to their business — dare I say craft or art form? — than to politics. They know that a necessary ingredient in watchable wrestling is a great heel; and a great heel must have a great gimmick.
Ladies and gentlemen, representing the Tea Party, Uncle Zebekiah Coulter:
Formerly known as Dutch Mantel, a real relic of a wrestler who has done pretty much everything in the business. He was a booker (writer) for many years and I wouldn’t be surprised if he scripts most or even all of his new wingnut character’s lines. He’ll be cheered in deep red places, hated in blue states. This is a special wingnut event for me as I was a huge wrestling fan as a kid and remember hating Dutch Mantell with a passion when he was in Memphis trolling Jerry Lawler. Good times.
Also, too: No politics & wrassling post could go without props to Andy Kaufman, the greatest heel/troll who ever lived:
And here’s Dirty Dutch from roughly the same era, as woolly as a Wookiee (or John Podhoretz) and using a brief but effective “bipartisan” gimmick: