Monday, July 28, 2014

Two Broke Girls

Now that I've all but preordained Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, I thought I would give equal treatment to the other side of the political aisle. I'm nothing if fair and balanced. Alright, stop laughing, I'm trying to be serious. Okay, now I'm laughing.

So who would I tab as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee? Unlike the Democrats, the GOP field is wide open. Let's take a gander at the potential candidates, shall we. You've got Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for the far, far right mob; Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal, for the not so far right, but still out there crowd; Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum for the self-righteous and self-anointed Jesus freaks; Rick Perry, because, well, oops; and rounding out the field, Jeb - I'm not my brother - Bush and Chris - EZ Pass - Christie, for those who long to return to the Nixon years.

So, with such a "diverse" field (I'm really having a hard time keeping a straight face here, guys), who am I putting my money on? Well, you can forget all the aforementioned candidates. Not one of them is fit to hold the door for my personal pick for Pres and VP.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you none other than Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

Yep, you heard right. America's two dumbest and bat-shit craziest women on the dream ticket of dream tickets. You can start printing those bumper stickers right now. In fact, all you have to do is cross out the "2012" part on the ones that are already out there and insert "2016" next to it.

Now, I know what many of you are thinking. Am I crazy? No, that's not it and, for the record, I'm not. My mother had me tested. Am I being facetious? Well, yes, but that's not it. Oh wait, I think I know what it is. How do I know who gets top billing on this dream ticket? Yes, that's it! I knew one of you'd get it sooner or later.

Well, to be honest, it wasn't easy deciding. I mean on the one hand, you have a half-term governor of a state nobody wants to visit save for three months out of the year, who, thanks to John McCain, hasn't shut up in six years and is a lock for a reality TV show of her own on A&E one of these days; on the other, you've got a soon-to-be former congresswoman who could substitute for nurse Ratched on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and who excels at looking into the wrong camera while giving state of the union rebuttals. 

I mean, with so much talent, you really could just flip a coin. But I went with Palin primarily because I really miss Tina Fey (boy I sure hope she winks at me) and I'm not sure there's a woman out there brave enough to impersonate Bachmann, not to mention look that scary and deranged on purpose. Be honest, whenever you see Bachmann on TV don't you fear turning off the lights? I still haven't fully recovered from watching her interview on Meet the Press in 2011. It's the only time in my life I actually felt sorry for David Gregory.

Okay, I admit it; I really did flip a coin. Palin was heads and it was heads. Busted. But, come on, guys, does it really matter? They're interchangeable, aren't they?  That's what makes this dream ticket so special. While Palin is busy mangling the English language - and apparently Spanish from what I hear - in all those gotcha interviews, Bachmann can screw up all the American history she wants, like when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. While Palin is accusing Hillary of being anti-American with "known" ties to terrorists, Bachmann can threaten her running mate with eternal damnation for being pro gay rights and rejecting creationism. I've got a crazy idea - yes even crazier than these two running in 2016. We could alternate them every other week. Palin one week, Bachmann the next. That way neither of their feelings would be hurt.

In the event they actually got elected (okay breath in, breath out), they would simply continue alternating in and out of the Oval office. Just think of the possibilities. One week Palin is calling Vladimir Putin a thug; the next Bachmann is leading a crusade to purge him of any evil spirits and demons.

I've already picked out a name for our dream team: the dynamic duo of stupid. Every late-night comic's ratings would go through the roof. Leno could have Conan O'Brien fired all over again. Hell, Letterman might even reconsider retiring. HBO could offer a pay per view feature to its subscribers. Buy ten episodes, get one free. Game of Thrones and Mad Men? Don't make me laugh. They couldn't hold a candle to tweedledee and tweedledumb.

Relax, people, I was just fuckin' with ya. Everyone knows it's going to be Jeb and Christie.



Prof. Walter Jameson said...


With regard to annointing Ms. Rodham- Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, the party could - and should - strive to do better. However, if having back-to-back "firsts" is the primary goal without any consideration of the *obvious* mediocre outcomes it sometimes creates, then so be it. Let the circus begin! More on all that anon.

Finally, just a slight correction. Jay Leno didn't have Conan O'Brien fired; Conan O'Brien had Conan O'Brien fired. You see, the man simply was not funny, nor was he capable of retaining Leno's sizable audience. NBC tinkered with an existing, winning formula and the whole thing crashed. That's what happens when you try to chase demos that have no interest in watching the damn show from the outset. Heck, they'd rather be on Facebook or some other inane social media venue. As to Letterman, his act got stale years ago. His retirement is at least ten years overdue. Apparently this individual's lack of house training prevented him from understanding that you don't invite guests on your show and proceed to treat them like dirt. It was no surprise that he did not get Johnny Carson's seat. Carson had more all-around talent in one night than Letterman had in an entire career.

Thank you for the opportunity to respond.

Peter Fegan said...

Normally I don't respond to comments on my blog. Frankly I'm amazed anyone reads it, yet alone comments.

Having said that, you do know that this was satire? The point wasn't really to write about Clinton, Leno or Letterman. They were just house dressing for the main turkeys.

At any rate, thanks for commenting and please feel free to share this blog with friends and colleagues. I could use all the exposure I can get.

Prof. Walter Jameson said...

No, no, no ... of course! I knew that, for the most part, it was satirical. Even in satire, though, there are points for discussion.

Now, to your first point. I don't know why you'd be amazed that anyone reads your blog. It happens to be very good. I'm not a writer - and I don't pretend to be one - but I am very well-read. I know good writing when I see it, and your blog is an example of such. I can honestly say that your writing is every bit as good as, if not better than, a lot of the individuals (pundit-writers) to whom you have made reference in past essays.

In closing, I'd like to say that, whether you have one reader ... or 100,000 readers, keep up the good work!