Sometimes, you have to wonder whether or not members of Congress want to just be parodies with some of the analogies they choose to make. While film references are a fairly common thing for anyone to use to illustrate a point (it does after all give us a fine tool for comparison), you do have to wonder why you would choose to compare recruiting someone for a political cause to robbing a bank and shooting people.
On “The Daily Show” Thursday night, Jon Stewart discussed how Republicans recently used a clip from “The Town” to try and convince members of their own Tea Party to jump on board the debt ceiling plan. The humor here? That, if the Tea Party members had seen the movie, they would have known that Jeremy Renner’s character was someone end up going absolutely bonkers by the end of the movie. As Stewart put it, this analogy almost takes the Tea Party appear as though they are the “mentally unstable” people that the Republicans really don’t want around, but they have to deal with them.
What makes this even more surprising was that some members of Congress actually seemed to be swayed by the reference.
Can you think of at least three films off the top of your head that may have been more relevant for this situation?
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