A missed opportunity


For those who did not watch the Republican convention, The Daily Show broadcast a sneak preview of the biopic of Mitt Romney titled Mitt Romney: A Human Being Who Built That, showing how he had to struggle against great odds all the way to become a successful businessman, doing it entirely on his own, starting from the time when he was a mere sperm.

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The narrator of the biopic is Leonard Nimoy. It stuck me on watching it that if the Republican convention organizers had really wanted a Hollywood surprise, they might have got better results with Nimoy than with Eastwood. He is the same age as Eastwood and like him has a devoted and passionate, if aging, fan base. But unlike Eastwood, he still retains a commanding voice and delivers his lines with authority. His Star Trek Vulcan catchphrase “Live long and prosper” is also a lot more positive and uplifting than Eastwood’s ominous “Go ahead, make my day”, plus it would appeal to the rich old people who make up a significant part of the Republican target audience. As a bonus, Nimoy could have accompanied it with the Vulcan salute, which always delights people.

I think it was a missed opportunity. With Eastwood, the Republicans appealed to the law-and-order, gun rights crowd whom they had anyway. By choosing Nimoy, the Romney-Ryan ticket could have sewn up the entire science fiction geek voting demographic which is pretty large and whose allegiance is currently uncertain.

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  1. says

    “By choosing Nimoy, the Romney-Ryan ticket could have sewn up the entire science fiction geek voting demographic which is pretty large and whose allegiance is currently uncertain.”

    I feel that most sci-fi geeks would support Obama, if for no other reason than the fact that Obama is pro REAL science and the Republicans would gut NASA, as well as replace science-based education with their bronze-age myths. Most sci-fi fans I know are fairly progressive, and wish to see the fiction turned into fact, and only by investing in science will that happen. The ‘market’ won’t do that, unless there is a quick profit to be made.

  2. says

    I wonder if there’s anything to that, i.e. if there really is a correlation between political affiliation and enthusiasm for sci-fi. I’d be skeptical, but who knows.

    The bigger problem with Mano’s idea is I don’t think Nimoy would agree to it 🙂

  3. syd says

    “I feel that most sci-fi geeks would support Obama, if for no other reason than the fact that Obama is pro REAL science and the Republicans would gut NASA, as well as replace science-based education with their bronze-age myths”

    Also he has this going..

  4. Mano Singham says

    Ha, good one! You know, that Vulcan salute is not easy as it looks. I don’t know if my fingers are less flexible than most people’s but I find it hard to keep the little finger close to the fourth one while keeping the two of them separate from the other two.

  5. invivoMark says

    Of course there’s a correlation. Higher intelligence and higher education also correlate with liberalism, and sci-fi geekery correlates with all of the above.

    Most sci-fi is liberal, as well – especially Star Trek, which is basically set in a liberal paradise of the future.

  6. Reginald Selkirk says

    I don’t think there is necessarily a left-right correlation with pro-science, but the current state of the Republican party is so severely anti-science that one need not appeal to a general historical trend.

  7. Mano Singham says

    This may be one of those genetic things, like the ability to curl up one’s tongue around the long axis, which I also cannot do.

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