Saturday, November 8, 2008

We now resume our regularly scheduled programming.

Yes, WB sort of turned into a political blog rather than a pop culture playground over the last few months weeks. In our own defense, we did try to connect the two dots whenever we could (e.g. Obama + iPod; Palin + action figures), but even we, who are admittedly political junkies, realized that the blog was slipping away from its original focus.

The 2012 presidential campaign should be starting sometime around February 2009, so that gives us at least three months to re-find the center and comment on issues like the termination of a Grey's Anatomy character after her late-life discovery of a previously-latent lesbianism made network execs find her "unlikable," and the Farrelly brothers (Dumb and Dumber) bringing an updated Three Stooges to the screen next year, and Kate Winslet protesting that her naked body on an upcoming Vanity Fair cover has not been airbrushed, and that former SNL writer and cast member Al Franken has asked for a recount of the results of the Nov. 4 Minnesota senatorial race, which he lost by only a few hundred votes.

Oops, that last one is political, isn't it? Sorry. We'll try; honest we will, but before we do, can we just say that when John McCain delivered his concession speech on Tuesday night, the hundreds of supporters present booed loudly whenever the name "Obama" was mentioned, even when their guy told them to stop and take the loss graciously. In Chicago, when the 44th President asked the 240,000 supporters in the park to acknowledge John McCain's service to the country and the hard campaign he'd waged, the crowd cheered and applauded warmly.

That's what change is about: restoring some dignity to American life after eight years of barbarism. And remember: the real villain is still at 1600 Pennsylvania, packin' up his cowboy boots and his spurs and his toy six-shooters and gettin' ready for a life of obscurity as a disgraced international pariah. All boos and catcalls should be directed there.

Oh, and Carrie Underwood has lashed out at musicians who endorse political candidates, saying: "I would never want anybody to vote for anything or anybody just because I told them to." Which assumes that people vote the way musicians encourage them to, which assumes a major assumption on the singer's part about her fans' intelligence and independence. Or her own.

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