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The Simpsons’ Montgomery Burns offers his services to Mitt Romney

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Sure, President Obama has received high praise from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and, just today, the endorsement of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but Mitt Romney has now secured the invaluable assistance of the Springfield Republican Party.

In a video message from C. Montgomery Burns, the nuclear power tycoon and kingmaker offers the candidate a way to overcome “the one thing that might deny us the presidency that is the God-given property of the Republican Party.” It’s not the 47-percent video, the overseas bank accounts or even, as Mr. Smithers says, “the tax returns that even Wesley Snipes would call suspicious.” No, no, no … it’s the harrowing tale of Seamus the dog.

The Simpsons returns Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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Hmmm, I think that the writers are leaning a bit left. Though it’s still funny.

If burns hates democrats why does he have a picture of Teddy Roosevelt? Sure he was a Republican on paper but he would have more in common with democrats today

Gee I wonder why conservative comic fans always feel like they are under attack.

Somehow, I think I’d find this funnier if they did a similar ad about Obama. As it is, this just seems mean-spirited.

Political humor works well when it equally jabs at both sides. The classic Simpsons was notorious for this–who can forget the equal ribbing of Bob Dole and Bill Clinton in the 1996 Treehouse of Horror, or Stimpy the Elephant rampaging through both Democrat and Republican headquarters?

They’re entirely within their First Amendment rights to pick on whomever they want, but one-sided humor risks alienating half their audience.

“If burns hates democrats why does he have a picture of Teddy Roosevelt? Sure he was a Republican on paper but he would have more in common with democrats today”

So would Abraham Lincoln…

“They’re entirely within their First Amendment rights to pick on whomever they want, but one-sided humor risks alienating half their audience”.

HALF of the SIMPSONS’ audience are Republicans?? (Odd, cause they’re not even now 30% of all registered American voters.)

No wonder Murdoch’s network continues to throw money at all those libbural writers and voice actors to keep the show alive all these years!

“Gee I wonder why conservative comic fans always feel like they are under attack.”

Considering how egalitarian mainstream comics have been for the past 70 years, I wonder who exactly are these conservative comic fans you speak of? What is their oeuvre? Late-period Frank Miller, late-period Dave Sim, John Byrne’s internet diatribes, and late-period Howard Chaykin? Ahahahaha would they just start vomiting if they read Carla Speed-McNeil and Alison Bechdel? Perhaps read Garth Ennis and not comprehend any of his wit? (PUNISHUR GUNS WOAHH) Maybe write a little Rorschach diary about how the tire tracks in dead dog bellies don’t understand them and send it in to the Drudge Report posthumously? Cute, but hardly under attack.

Oh wait. Another attack on conservatives by the pop culture left? Yawn. Speaking strictly of comic books, I would think that creators in an industry that is clearly in decline and needing to depend on higher prices and gimmicks to continue to separate its rapidly dwindling fan base from that groups’s shrinking pool of cash would be a bit less caustic towards a large slice of its potential audience.

But then, what do I know about business, said the guy with the MBA.

I do love the liberal wet dream that is the electoral college map behind Burns, though. If you’re going to go left, why go half way?

As a Conservative comic book fan, it’s just par for the course. I can be entertained and not offended because I believe what I believe and I can separate that from what I enjoy. No actor, actress, musician, comic book writer, or anyone else is going to change that. They’re entitled to their opinion as well.

Simpsons has always poked fun at conservatives and conservative ideal, its just been more subtle in the past because the writing overall was more subtle. At any rate, I don’t think the writers of the simpsons have an obligation to make their jokes egalitarian,

Political humor works when it goes after people’s actions and this lists Mitt’s. Making sure each side gets the same amount of jabs regardless of what they’ve done is just fake distribution of laughs.

Great comments. You guys are seriously BUTTHURT over The Simpsons making jokes about Mitt Romney? Get a life.

I laughed out loud at that Wesley Snipes line when I saw this last night…kinda wish you hadn’t spoiled it in the post here.

And as for the conservatives getting bent out of shape about this, it’s not like this came out of nowhere…it’s been established on the show that Mr. Burns (along with Rainier Wolfcastle and Dracula) is a prominent member of the Springfield Republican party.

“I do love the liberal wet dream that is the electoral college map behind Burns, though. If you’re going to go left, why go half way?”

Looks to me like he stole that electoral map from Nate Silver: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/ Kind of impressive how current it is considering the leadtime for animation…

Ben, when did Howard Chaykin become “conservative” as you describe? Yes, his heroes are usually traditional square jawed tough guys but any interview I’ve read with him where politics comes up, he describes himself as a “leftist.”

“I do love the liberal wet dream that is the electoral college map behind Burns, though.”

I’m not much of a liberal, but I am a political scientist at a research institution, and there’s nothing out of bounds about that map. It’s consistent with recent polling and statistical projections with the possible exceptions of CO, FL, VA. Those have been too close/inconsistent to form strong expectations either way. If it’s a “wet dream” it’s one that follows from sexy, sexy data analysis.

“I’m not much of a liberal, but I am a political scientist at a research institution, and there’s nothing out of bounds about that map. It’s consistent with recent polling and statistical projections…”
- Rich

Well, if you’re interested in facts over unthinking bellicose bluster, if you prefer truth to truthiness and even CONSIDER things like statistics or math instead of blindly toeing the party line just for the sake of a poorly-conceived manifesto with nothing to back you up but distorted media, you’re at least that much of a progressive. You are well on your way to full left winger!

“Reality has a well-known liberal bias”
- Stephen Colbert

“Look, I don’t know what the right number is but I’ll tell you, these numbers don’t smell right when you think about where the economy is right now … Does it feel like a 6 percent improvement in employment in the last 60 days?”
- Conservative Jack Welch, on the empirical correctness of feelings

I’d say mainstream comics as a whole are actually far more conservative these days then they have been in the past. Mainstream comics in the 80s were incredibly liberal and in the 60s-70s Stan Lee and Denny O’ Neil used comics to not so subtly lecture against Vietnam, pollution, and the evils of big business trampling the little guy.

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