Thursday, April 30, 2009

A bunch of what?

This morning I received a fundraising e-mail from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; this one was from James Carville, and the subject line of the e-mail was "Eddie Haskells". The gist of the e-mail was that Republicans in the Senate "are a bunch of Eddie Haskells; acting 'bipartisan' one minute, then marching to the beat of Master Limbaugh once the cameras go off".

Eddie Haskells? I know that Leave it to Beaver has a kind of iconic status in American television mythology and is present in the cultural ether, but come on-- the show went off the air 46 freakin' years ago. I'm on this DSCC list because of being on the Obama list; the demographic collision between the armies of the under-40 Obama supporters and the reference to a TV show that was cancelled before they were born is somewhat amusing.

I think Eric Cartman would be a better analogue for the GOP-- white, fat, ignorant, prejudiced, and slightly more contemporary.