Saturday, November 25, 2006


Now that the election is over, we're free of the annoying mudslinging for another two years. (At least on the national level.)

But out of all the bile that was dredged up in the campaigns, (especially in the New Jersey governor's race and in Nancy Johnson's district in Connecticut), there was one ad that piqued the interest of this televisiologist.

Running for the Senate seat from Connecticut, hoping to dislodge Joe Lieberman, Ned Lamont had himself digitally inserted into the movie "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" to replace Jimmy Stewart's character.

"This is supposed to be a government of the people. But is this a government our people really want? Rushing our troops off to war, trampling on our civil liberties, senators who rubber stamp these bad policies, and look the other way?

Heck, no. I’m going to be there to fight for the people of Connecticut. Not the special interests. And I’m going to be there to fight for a stronger and safer America. "

In this scenario, Joe Lieberman would be the Claude Rains character, I guess. Only as it turned out, he won re-election and Ned Lamont was sent back to tend to his cable holdings empire.

But what effect did this have on the televersion of Ned Lamont? It's like he teleported himself not only into the movie universe, but then transported back in time to the early 1940s.

Was he able to get back? Why was he imploring the US Senate with that message over sixty years before the actual election? Was he hoping to implant the urge to vote for him into the public consciousness to be passed down through the generations?

Naaaahhhh.... Too busy.

Here's what I think:

Ned Lamont - in the Real World - is a multi-millionaire who made his fortune in tele-communications. So in Toobworld, that would be the same, only he'd have holographic technology as part of his empire's holdings.
What we were seeing in the Toobworld version of his life was that he was in a holo-suite recreation of a scene from the movie. And he was using that opportunity to practice a speech he wanted to give to the people of Connecticut.

Maybe he was hoping the sensation of performing that speech in front of a crowd of powerful men might carry over to when he actually delivered it to a crowd of Nutmeggers.

Who knows what the reasoning might be? At least the use of a holographic program makes for a good splainin as to how a candidate from 2006 - as seen on TV - ended up in a movie from the 1940s.


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