…or something like that. Maybe a more apropos title for this post would be, “Life Imitates Popular Soap-SitDramaComs”. Where is GorT going with this, you ask? Two days ago, I was watching The Five on FoxNews and Greg Gutfeld made a passing comment in one of the segments that people seem to go along with President Obama because he’s the “cool kid in school” and it’s like we’re in high school still. I’ve long believed that the younger American voter, by and large, can be swayed by popular opinion. Popular opinion can be largely steered by the media. After all, the media, in this case, including marketing and advertisers, influence popular culture from clothing, styles, they way people speak, things that are “in” and “out”.
Consider the following analogous high school drama archetypes with current political figures:
President Obama as the popular, handsome, jock that expects everyone to fall in line and do what he wants to do. Generally hides behind blustery and boastful talk but when push comes to shove, doesn’t really act or follow through.
Hillary Clinton as the queen bee steering her posse of wanna-bes in whatever direction she goes. People fawn over her and treat her with kid gloves hoping she doesn’t explode and ruin their reputations (to whatever degree that matters) and publicly embarrass them.
John Kerry as the rich kid who owns all the cool cars, big houses, and fancy yachts. Usually throws a great party and doesn’t really care what happens.
Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as the wanna-bes who follow around the queen bee, doing what she says and imitating her attitudes towards people and pop culture as she does without thinking about it.
Rahm Emmanuel, Jay Carney, Tim Geithner, Joe Biden, and Chris Matthews as the jock’s posse. Ineffectively sticks up for what the big guy does or says. Sometimes tries to explain away what he did or didn’t do in order to keep the big guy’s image fresh and popular.
Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio, etc as the foils to the popular group’s success. They must be put down, embarrassed, and teased all the time lest their real message gets out and sways the rest of the school.
You get the point, I think. It would be easy to add in a few more archetypes that we’ve all seen from these movies. There only remains two questions:
Will the conventional storyline play out where the underdog hero overcomes the trendy, popular clique and shows the audience and the rest of the school why the popular group isn’t the one to follow and emulate?
Will American voters clue in that the manipulated image of the popular group isn’t what we need and is nothing more than smoke and mirrors?