It's an uphill climb.
Over at Balloon Juice, Doug J notes that Young Conor Friedersdorfferundgruntomatoes (sp?) has made a fresh baked ass-pie out of comparing a President to a teevee sitcom (Arrested Development).
Because it's May, 2013 and apparently Young Conor has run out of things to run on about:
Take me to another place
I’ve never watched “Arrested Development”, I’m sure it’s great, but I’m Ron Howard-phobic, so I couldn’t make heads or tails of the article.
Like most normal people, Doug J is unaware that checking the "Drawing a ridiculous parallel between the President and a sitcoms" on your resume is absolutely mandatory for any young Conservative careerist pundit on the make.
Such as this pair of vintage 2001 assless chaps modeled by a Young David Brooks (then of "The Weekly Standard") as part of his long-running one-man show, "David Brooks Rhapsodizes About The Manifold Small Town Gosh Darn Virtues of George W. Bush":
Yes, young Mr. Brooks really wrote that.Farewell to GreatnessAmerica from Gilligan's Island to The X-FilesSEP 17, 2001, VOL. 7, NO. 01 • BY DAVID BROOKSI'D NEVER REALLY CONSIDERED the way George W. Bush resembles Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island until I read Paul A. Cantor’s brilliant book, Gilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization. As Cantor points out, Gilligan is not the smartest one on the island. He doesn’t have the obvious leadership résumé. Yet the audience instinctively sympathizes with him, and the show’s creators were right to put him in the center. In episode after episode, the fate of the islanders usually rests in his hands and he usually serves them well.That’s because Gilligan possesses a subtle but important set of virtues: the democratic virtues. He is agreeable. He is decent. He never looks down on people; instead he gives others the benefit of the doubt. As Bush would say, he has a good heart.He is also public spirited. Though humble, he is forever filled with good-natured plans to make other people happy. He doesn’t have a narrow perspective, like the other characters—the Professor, or the Millionaire, or the Movie Star. He doesn’t want to mold other peoples’ lives for them. But because of him the island is a happy community—happier, the show continually implies, than the world the castaways are stranded from.Though Cantor doesn’t make the connection, Bush is a lot like that. He’s not the smartest one in his administration. He doesn’t possess the aristocratic spirit we associate with, say Churchill, or the intellectual or military virtues of Lincoln or Washington. But he does possess the democratic virtues; he’s decent and grounded and in tune with the aspirations and values of middle-class Americans today, who have democratic souls, after all....
He also wrote this:
The real subject of Gilligan Unbound is globalization.Because of course he did.
OTOH, comparing Gilligan's Island to another teevee show
can be an act of unalloyed genius.