In last years season finale, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels who portrays a character similar to my hero Keith Olberman) made a speech about The American Taliban. It received a lot of buzz. In this seasons finale, which takes place on election day 2012, Will invites Taylor Warren, portrayed by actress Constance Zimmer, (who also appears on House of Cards) a former (she was fired) Romney aid to appear on his program to provide commentary. The character she plays is mean, vindictive, resentful and not very well informed. She floats allegations, with no evidence, and then pretends that they are so well agreed upon that they are past worthy debate. Sort of like $arah. (She plays a role in House of Cards with similar character; or lack thereof, traits.)
Anyway, after she is humiliated on air by Romney’s devastating loss, she asks Will the following:
“Do you call yourself a Republican so you can make a claim to credibility when you attack the GOP?“
He responds thusly:
“No, I call myself a Republican because I am one.
I believe in market solutions and common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that’s about it.The problem is now I have to be homophobic.
I have to count the number to times people go to church.
I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con.
I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride.
And I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education and intellect…in the 21st century.
But most of all, the biggest new requirement, really the only requirement is that I have to hate Democrats.
And I have to hate Chris Christie for not spitting on the president when he got off of Air Force One.
The two-party system is crucial to the whole operation. There is honor in being the loyal opposition. And I’m a Republican for the same reasons you are.“
I think McAvoy speaks for many Americans. I’m not sure I could call myself a Republican, but if they were acting like the dignitaries they are supposed to be, I’m sure I wouldn’t constantly be dealing with outrage.