As usual. the mainstream media is being annoying. The is probably partly my fault since the only news article that I’ve read in its entirety this morning is a story about an upcoming remake of Dirty Dancing. I won’t lie: I gasped and clutched my pearls in shock at that news. Dirty Dancing is timeless! No remakes is necessary! No one but Patrick Swayze can EVER be Johnny Castle and no one but Jennifer Grey (with her old nose) can be Baby! But I guess since we lost Patrick Swayze to pancreatic cancer, the studios see a Dirty Dancing remake as an opportunity to manufacture a new hunk for the teen/tween set to swoon over and only old fogies like me object.
Anyway, my attention to the incipient Team Old Johnny Castle v. Team New Johnny Castle battle is probably why the media is continuing to treat the GOP primary race the same way they treat coverage of a Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez sighting. All week I’ve been seeing dissections of the Newsweek cover with Michelle Bachmann on it. The questions are raging: did they try to make her look crazy in the photo? Is the title “The Queen of Rage” an insult? How does the Congresswoman feel about the photo? What do you think of the photo? I have only one question: what does the article say? I don’t subscribe to Newsweek so I don’t know and no one will recap it for me because we apparently only talk about pictures.We don’t talk about the fact that Bachmann recently said she would shut down the EPA if elected President.
Then there’s Rick Perry. He’s the governor of Texas and spoke at some kind of big prayer rally over the weekend. Not terribly unusual, as politicians show up at prayer events all the time and it’s Texas. Lots of praying going down. Rick is certainly welcome to get in on that action. He’s a known prayer-lover and recently called for people to pray for rain to end a drought in his state. Since prayer works as well as anything else in controlling the weather, it seemed harmless to me. I do wish he’d stop strutting his faith around so much because it’s kind of off-putting to me but whatevs. I’m not gonna vote for him no way, no how. Not because of his propensity for prayer. Because his state has the highest percentage of people without health insurance and he’s not running through the streets with his hair on fire trying to fix the problem. Nor has he addressed the fact that the poverty in Houston is so extreme that over 100,000 forsook his prayer rally for an event with free school supplies, food, and vaccinations.
I haven’t heard much about any of the other candidates recently, probably because they’re not posing for magazines or praying in stadiums. I guess they need to step it up and go Hollywood to get some attention. Maybe Mitt Romney can get a nose job and lie about it? Or John Hunstman could go topless on a beach someplace? Ooo! Newt Gingrich could have an affair! Oh wait. He did that already and all that happened was he had to resign from Congress. Never mind.
Let’s keep our eyes on the ball, folks. Let’s demand coverage of the candidates when they talk about governance and ignore them when they’re attending church services or getting their hair did for the cameras. Seek out substance. Eschew fluff. Washington isn’t a fluffy town. Leadership isn’t a fluffy job. Let’s focus on the real issues: health care, education, foreign policy, and the fact that Patrick Swayze’s ghost should inhabit Whoopi Goldberg for real and give a beating to the idiots who want to remake his greatest movie.