Monday, November 13, 2006

Blacks, Troops, and Courts

Let's wrap up a couple of things.

1. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Much like The West Wing and The American President were Aaron Sorkin's utopian vision of a Democrat/Clinton White House, Studio 60 is about Sorkin's wishes for Hollywood. One cast member, Tom Jeter, has an awkward relationship with his blue collar dad. Tom is not respectful enough of the hard hats; Dad is not respectful enough of the finer things in life. Tom's brother is in Afghanistan, which allows Tom to "support the troops" with the much-needed body armor (real story debunked by Little Trunk here).

Tom, in his late 20s, is shocked at how little his parents know about the arts. He has to explain the "Who's on First" vaudeville routine to them. He goes so far as to obtain a record album of the classic routine for his parents, who don't have a CD player. This is an interesting bit of math. On the one hand, you have to be pretty young not to know about "Who's on First." You also have to be pretty old to have a phonograph instead of a CD player.

Anyway, this week's episode is the conclusion of a two-part episode where a chain of events begun with a speeding ticket leaves Tom in a Nevada jail. Tom was speeding for a really good reason, but the audience must wait until part two to find out the reason.

Prediction: Tom was doing something really nice for the troops and had to speed in order to do it. This prediction wins out over the other possibilities, which include doing something really nice for blacks or something really nice for reproductive freedom.

2. Scalia. Still waiting for answers to my post below. I have one submission that I am holding for now. This is a really good question. Give me your thoughts.


Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

What if Tom's brother were in Iraq? Would Sorkin still let his character "support the troops" when the troops are fighting the "bad" war, as opposed to the "good" war?

November 13, 2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Aaron (Solem not Sorkin), the correct answer is "yes." This is the way that you get to the right of the GOP on the war. Of course, the dems gained quite a bit being anti-war (but rhetorically for the troops) this last election. But HRC is running a general election strategy.

November 13, 2006 2:50 PM  

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