So while looking at coverage of the New Hampshire primaries, that had clips debates and speeches, I noticed something interesting: the people that the contestants had behind them. Yes, I said ‘contestants’ because that IS indeed what they are; the only thing that separates it from a pageant is the lack of swimsuit contest, and maybe that would be a good addition. Anyway, everyone has been going on about Chuck Norris being behind Huckabee in every shot, but what McCain done to balance that is even more hilarious. WILFRED BRIMLEY!
At least with Chuck Norris, Huckabee is trying to get my generation interested (we have an unhealthy preoccupation with Chuck and his super human abilities). McCain is basically saying he doesn’t give a rats ass if the whippersnappers vote for him. No one my age even knows who the hell Wilfred Brimley is, other than that pompous bastard on the Liberty Medical commercials. The picture we have of him in our minds is him sitting his obese ass upon some poor horse, talking about how he gets his diabetes (he pronounces it DIA-BEAT-US) meds from Liberty Medical.
Oh right, he was in the Civil War movies… you know how popular that movie was with my generation; we TIVO-d the shit out of it. How could John McCain think that Wilfred Brimley is his ‘answer to Chuck Norris’? Yeah, that’s like pitting Steve McQueen against Andy Dick. I could understand if John McCain had McGuyver, at least he’s pretty kickass and my generation could relate to him (if he can build a bomb with a paperclip, stick of chewing gum, and cigarette filter, he could save the campaign with his mullet and smooth fragment sentences). As it is, if I was a republican (perish the thought!) I would vote for Huckabee JUST BECAUSE of Chuck Norris. My generation is superficial like that.
Whoever told John McCain Wilfred Brimley was a good idea must have not checked into popular culture since 1960, but even then, was he EVER a sensation among the youth? If I was 80, then this would totally get me on board with the McCain campaign. As it is, this is the political turn-on equivalent of genital warts for anyone under 40.