All right, maybe this isn’t as important as abolishing congressional earmarks or extending tax cuts for the rich, but Bristol Palin’s advancement to the DWTS finals seemed to be all anyone was talking about down at the plant this morning.
Mrs. Lowe-Down, who is the household authority on this and American Idolatry issues, allowed as how the relative dancing prowess of the contestants left no doubt that poor old Brandy had gotten screwed. I did witness the live announcement that she had been eliminated, and the news was greeted in the studio with slack jaws and booing. And those were just the judges.
There are ugly rumors going around (which I have done my best to stoke in this cartoon) that it wasn’t Bristol, but in fact her mother for whom many of the viewers were voting. I don’t feel this is inappropriate, because the line between politics and entertainment has grown so fuzzy as to be indistinguishable of late.
Barack Obama has appeared on The View and The Daily Show, Sarah Palin has her own reality travelogue miniseries, and let’s not forget an earlier, albeit short-term contestant on DWTS…the Exterminator himself, Tom DeLay.
Since more Americans vote for these talent shows than even for the national elections, maybe we should just drop the pretense and use pols as contestants. Personally, I would enjoy a tension-packed tango face-off between Nancy Pelosi and Dick Cheney, or maybe Hillary Clinton slithering through a steamy paso doble with Dr. Rand Paul. The winning couple would face a final audience vote as to who gets to be president and vice president, respectively.
You don’t think the American people would take this seriously? While I was doing the final inking on this cartoon, somebody emailed me a story about a rural Wisconsin man who was so furious when he heard Bristol made it to the finals that he blew out his TV set with a shotgun.