December 09, 2004

Is Harry Reid Ready for primetime?

Increasingly, the answer seems to be "no."

Call me silly, but I think the Republicans will be helped more over the next four years by a solid and consistent opposition then by a flabby, lunatic one. The greatest danger for the party's domestic political agenda is to become triumphalist and lazy. A sharp opposition will force them to keep their message clear and most importantly moored in the center.

BTW, because I was still in post stomach flu mode I was zoned out on the couch and happened to watch The West Wing. What was bizzare about the whole thing was their use of Alan Alda as a Republican Senator running for President. Now, it was comical at a number of levels: 1) the WW's writer's soviet envisions a tough Republican moderate good guy Alan Alda who clearly has been drinking his prune juice sans pulp; B) the WW's actor's soviet trying to act as if an obviously evil (you can see Bradley Whitford's wheels turning slowly, "I mean, Leo, the man's a Republican....which means if he's not molesting kids he's chopping them up and feeding their livers to old people!") Republican facing the extreme possibility of .....winning; III) NBC suits going after the prized advertiser's demographic of 75 year olds and up by turning Jed Bartlett into FDR.

Posted by Steve at December 9, 2004 11:00 AM

But imagine the difficulty of a Hollywood writer trying to create a Republican character. They say 'write what you know,' but he doesn't know any! Unless he's a fantasist of the order of JRR Tolkien, he's in way over his head.

Posted by: jeff at December 9, 2004 12:20 PM

By Harry Reid, do you mean the "World's Most Dangerous Milkman"?

If this question sounds completely insane, then please disregard.

Posted by: Gordon at December 9, 2004 01:47 PM
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