When you ask most Republicans what time period they'd like most to travel back to, the answer you're most likely to hear - aside from the 12th century, perhaps - is the late 1950s/early 1960s. Ah, the good old days, when men were men and women ironed without irony. When Mayberry exemplified all that was Good and Right with America! Forty years later, what would the good sheriff Andy Taylor and his precocious lad Opie think about such a heathen, colorful time as now? Why, there can't be a smidgen of gosh-durn doubt about who they'd vote for in 2008! Right? Whistle with me now...
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Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking: "Ron Howard is a typical Hollywood librul! He with his corruptive Richie Cunningham, Apollo 13 ways! A Beautiful Mind just proves his intellectual elitism and Cocoon just shows he wants to ride the Wilford Brimley train! And that Andy Griffith, man, all that Christian music and Matlock just hides a scary terrorist-lover who regularly endorses Democrats in North Carolina!" Fine, you got me there. But the Fonz? Henry Winkler was a Bush-Cheney supporter in both 2000 and 2004, but even he's man enough to admit he was wrooooo....well, you saw the video.
In any case, it's hard to deny the support from interesting corners Barack Obama's been getting in the past few days. Colin Powell. Christopher Buckley. CC Goldwater. Scott McClellan. And now, Sheriff Andy, Opie and the Fonz. Wow!
But, McCain-Palin fans, take heart. You have your own celebrity couple to celebrate!
And, best of all, they're now! And who won't look back fondly on their era?