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Fantastic! Best of the web…at least until November 5th.
Chris (in Columbus) says
I’m a huge fan of Ron Howard. I LOVED Arrested Development, was pretty much the funniest show ever.
But this wasn’t that funny. Maybe I missed it? I just never found it that amusing.
Oh well, at least it’s one more person voting for Obama!
The first two seasons of the show were pure gold. By season 3 it started to get a little repetitive and then got rushed at the end (thanks to the cancellation). But yeah, brilliant show!
Lady Fu says
Like the sentiment… stupidest execution ever.
Realist Golfer says
I thought this was VERY well done, and will be viral. If you grew up in the sixties or seventies this hits home…too bad “Andy” wasn’t wearing his uniform.
Nay, Lady Fu, the execution was rather brilliant.
So help me that was goddamned charming.
Hank Fox says
I love this kid. And this was a fun approach to a serious subject. Sure to get some attention.
Brilliant! How can anyone vote against Opie?
Benny the Icepick says
Cantaloop by Us3 as background music?
This is sooo much better:
vlad and friend boris presents ‘Song for Sarah’ for mrs. Palin
Sigh. Trying the link again. Song for Sarah
Charlie Foxtrot says
This election certainly is making for some interesting multimedia…
just found this amusing idea linked from the front page of the The Age website (Australia)…
Andy Allen says
Well, I thought it was a pretty laid back delivery, but a good message.
On the other hand you should check out the anti-Ron comments on that page:
There’s good replies too, but the ignorance and irrationality out there still floors me. This belief that Obama’s policies are-the/will-be-the cause of the economic problems, that Liberals rather than the GOP are the ones that don’t understand the way common people live, and that the McCain/Palin ticket is their savior and champion. What on earth are they thinking?
P to the zed, you better get out there and vote too. I’m just so scared. Hold me? Please?
I was glad to discover that even my wife, who has extremely conservative views fiscally, is going to be voting for Obama because she looked at McCain’s website, and a few Republican sites, and came to the conclusion that McCain “just sounds crazy! He has no idea what’s going on”.
And we live in Florida, so her one vote may, in fact, matter just a little bit.
Oh now Matt, don’t get frightened honey.
Let me make you up a sugar tit, and a drink.
WOW! He reminds SO much of Phil Plait! (when he doesn’t wear his toupee)
Those are rich! Especially like the oblivious nature of “Maria” at the end:
“You and Obama do not live as most Americans do” — as if McSame and his millionaire trophy wife do :-) (Sorry PZ, she meets the real criterion for TW).
“Perhaps you want to investigate how this whole housing crisis started” — perhaps she should look into Charles Keating and the Keating Five, aka Senator McCain.
“I hope your little ad has a backlash like it did for the Dixie Chicks…” — Yes, I’m sure he would as they produced their most successful album and won several awards and accolades from the whole affair :-)
The conservative wakos are getting really desperate now. They can’t believe they might be wrong. Ohhh Noes. That black man might win!!
It’s all about the weiner.
Luger Otter Robinson says
I thought the Paris Hilton one was better. Also she seemed to be more qualified and made more sense than Sarah Palin. Just one question though. Who is Paris Hilton?
Well, the video is content-free, and so I suppose it would appeal to you guys.
Come to think of it, “change we can believe in” is just as moronic as anything Sarah Palin has said, but doesn’t seem to attract anything like the same venom.
I really enjoy this post for the intended irony and plain ignorance of the poster. I give it a 8/10.
You’re right about the ignorance on one thing at least: who is this guy, and why should I prefer his opinion to that of my butler, or of the bus-conductor?
Oh, yeah Sarah “I read ’em all” Palin, vote for a non-moron!
Your Mighty Overload says
Andy at 14
Unfortunately, those people ARE the Republican base – and they see things pretty black and white, so to speak. Either you are with them, or you are their enemy.
Perhaps, before the next election a movie needs to be made about the Republican base, showing what a crazy bunch they are. That might make swing voters, who one can only imagine must be a pretty moderate bunch, think more carefully about which “team” they want to be on – the rationalist moderate one or the fanatical extremist one.
“The kind of change that will make us trust our government again…”
Trusting government is an incredibly silly thing to do, no matter who your leaders are (as the Founding Fathers were very well aware). Trusting government with more control of the economy is especially silly.
I’m just watching Indiana Jones 4, and this rang a bell! Indy in baggy pants same as the Fonz.
By the way, those Arrested Development fans, can you name all of the Happy Days references?
Tony Sidaway says
Now show me McCain and Palin jumping sharks!
I love the dissonance. My parents live in Mount Airy, NC ( the inspiration for Mayberry), it’s about as red-state as you can get, and yet their most famous son, Andy Griffith, is out making videos like this.
Rey Fox says
“Come to think of it, “change we can believe in” is just as moronic as anything Sarah Palin has said”
Uh oh, you got us. We only like Obama because we blindly vote for whoever former child stars turned film directors tell us to. The mask is off. You get a cookie.
Matt Heath says
Lucifer is also in the tank for Obama.
In many ways he was the original Fonzie.
Emmet Caulfield says
Excellent. All I need to know now is how you managed to get an article off The Onion to look like it’s on Fox Noise.
Yup, it’s sc-c-cary fascinating.
Much of it seems to come from the same source of ignorance and irrationality that we’re used to discussing in these here parts. It’s the same people who are so entrenched with their Bronze Age fairy story, homophobia, racism, denial of climate change and general knuckle-dragging moronity (sic).
Fortunately, it looks like the usual GOP shit is not sticking to its target this time around: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ + http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/general_election_mccain_vs_obama-225.html
Nick Gotts says
Trusting government with more control of the economy is especially silly. – Walton
Right, and why increase democratic oversight when the private banks and hedge funds (a.k.a. “market forces”) have done such a marvellous job? You can always trust a wunch of bankers.
Rev. BigDumbChimp, KoT, OM says
Holy shit. A thread on Politics and 37 comments later SfO still hasn’t shown up?
James F says
#32 The poor guy keeps getting a bum rap….
Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire day sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. “The devil made me do it.” I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them.
And then they die, and they come here (having transgressed against what they believed to be right), and expect us to fulfill their desire for pain and retribution. I don’t make them come here. They talk of me going around and buying souls, like a fishwife come market day, never stopping to ask themselves why. I need no souls. And how can anyone own a soul? No. They belong to themselves….They just hate to have to face up to it.
-Lucifer, from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Season of Mists
Rev. BigDumbChimp, KoT, OM says
Well this is Ron Howard. See he was a child star and is now successful director. He is not an expert on politics but is usually pretty good at entertaining people.
I doubt very seriously anyone here is going to change their vote one way or another based on this person’s opinions but we may get a laugh out of it. We are however open to being entertained. Something you appear to be incapable of.
And no, that phrase is no where near as blindingly stupid as some of the things Palin has said and done. Making that comparison is ridiculous.
From what I recall, Focus on the Family was in love with the way life was portrayed in The Andy Griffin Show. Well, take that Dobson! LOL
David Marjanović, OM says
How often do I need to explain that the greatest force for capitalism in the world is the EU Commissioner for Competition? That competition is selected against and is therefore replaced by megamergers and cartels if you leave capitalism to itself? Capitalism requires constant intervention like Newton’s model of the solar system.
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Get this clip out to folks and grandparents. If they know that Matlock is for Obama it could swing the senior vote!
Reginald Selkirk says
I could have done without the nose hair trimming scene.
Trouble is – I only know the guy from The Simpsons …
And Henry Winkler from Little Nicky and that detective show with the psyschic … Profiler? (And of course tonnnnnnnnnes of pop-culture references to ‘the Fonz’.)
Ah well – desperate times call for desperate measures.
And trusting the free markets, when they become dominated by speculators and Ponzi investors, to control the economy, is not only even more silly, it’s criminal.
“The Credit Crisis: Denial, delusion and the “defunct” American economist who foresaw the dénouement”
Friedman was WRONG, markets do not self regulate, they will wait for a Minsky moment, and the longer they wait, the worst the crisis will be.
Walton, how do you explain that between the 1980 and 2007, the DJIA was multiplied by 15 (fifteen !), when the real income of the average American was only multiplied by 1.25 ?
By comparison, between 1950 and 1977 the DJIA was only multiplied by 3, and the real income of the average American was multiplied by 2.
Hey, it’s not difficult, a free market will always want to accelerate its growth as much as possible by borrowing always more and keeping labour costs as low as possible. There’s no invisible hand pushing it to do anything else.
“A system where individual bank traders had no reason to co-operate with other departments while they have millions of dollars of incentives to go it alone with high-risk, high-return strategies with no payback required if the rainmaking turns to disaster, contains the seeds of its own destruction..”
Rev. BigDumbChimp, KoT, OM says
Night Shift for the win.
Marc Abian says
Oh sure, like the guy in the $5000 suit is going to listen to anything Ron Howard says. COME ON!
But maybe you could listen to someone who’s both an analyst and a therapist.
Arnosium Upinarum says
Marc, #48: Why not? Ron Howard consistently makes lots of money for guys in $5000 suits. It helps them to afford it.
Those guys listen to him. Really. They do. They’re called “producers” or “film studio executives”, etc. They’re rich, they’re powerful, they love profits, and they listen to their earners who deliver it.
Arnosium Upinarum says
And Marc? Remember when almost ALL $5000 suits listened intently to a B-movie actor?
Calton Bolick says
Personally, I’m more surprised by the Andy Griffith endorsement, not because of his age, per se, but because I’d thought he was a pretty politically conservative guy.
This was… Arrested Development.
That’s what got me, too. I think Winkler is a Republican, too.