Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ralph and Norton in the White House

Searching for the way in which life imitates art, we realized that Donald Trump and Jim Pence are the current equivalents of Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in "The Honeymooners." Not the real Gleason and Carney, of course--they're not that smart. But Trump, in his overblown, boastful, semi-articulate way resembles Ralph Kramden, the chronically deluded bus driver, while Pence, in his craven backup, is another Norton.

We hear them now: Trump: "I'm withdrawing from the Paris Accord. This is it, Norton. They won't be laughing at us any more."

Pence: "That's right, Ralphie boy. You tell 'em. Pittsburgh, not Paris. Ha-ha! Give 'em the old one-two."

"The Honeymooners" ran for six years. The current version may be cancelled sooner than that.

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