Thursday, April 05, 2012

Citizen Romney

If you recall the film, Citizen Kane, you likely recall the start of the film when a dying Kane drops a snow globe that falls to the floor and shatters. Snow globe-style falling snow is used throughout the film as it segues through the chapters of Kane's life. The story covers Kane's escape from poverty through inherited wealth, and how he parlays that wealth into success as a newspaper magnate with political aspirations - there's lots of stuff to work with. But best start now, because before you know it the most obvious substitution for a snow globe, the Etch-a-Sketch, is not only going to be part of pretty much every analysis of Romney's shifting positions, but will be used as a segue between "what he said then" and "what he's saying now" in countless political ads.

If you haven't seen it, I recommend an earlier Citizen Kane parody, the "Rosebud" episode of the Simpsons. I can't offer you a link to the video, so for now you'll have to settle for this:

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