I rarely post full-length videos of anything (the damn thing kept auto-starting no matter what I did, so click here for link), but as an amalgam of almost everything that turns my stomach about American politics and the Mouse Circus, this episode of "Murphy Brown" from 1995 is just too depressingly and hilariously prescient not to share in its entirety.
14 years ago and it was all there: Limbaugh, Gingrich, looking stuff up on "the Internet", the "Liberal Media Elite", all afloat in a wishful fantasy that somehow both sides were equally wrong and we could all work together if only the Left bent over a little further.
Wallace Shawn positively heists the show playing Stuart "All's I Know" Best with a gleeful, itchy Willy Loman-desperation. Stuart -- a failed, irritating and mostly-forgotten media celebrity -- returns as newly-minted (Or DeMinted) Republican Congressman Best, who ran for office only because he wanted "a full-time job with a pension and a health care plan" and didn't realize until too late just how dangerously crazy his supporters actually were.
If you want an explanation of everything that has gone fatally wrong with American politics in under 20 words it is this:
- In 1995, Stuart Best was a punchline.
- In 2009, he runs the Party of Lincoln.