Mediaite’s John Bershad hits the nail on the head.
A clip from his dead-on characterization of the tea party brats in Congress:
The Tea Party has become to Conservatives like the character Anthony in the “It’s a Good Life” episode of The Twilight Zone.
If you don’t recall, the episode, based on a short story by Jerome Bixby, tells of little Anthony Fremont, a six-year-old boy who has the ability to do terrible things with his mind. He can create amazing things but he can also kill at will, forcing the adults around him to constantly think and say nice things about him because, at any moment, he can destroy them, sending them off “to the cornfield.” It’s not that he’s evil per se. He just has this incredible power and doesn’t really know the implications of what he’s doing.
Watching on The Five as Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros rush to counter anything negative Bob Beckel might say about the Tea Party, one can’t help but think of the adults in that episode. I keep waiting for them to turn and start talking to the camera: “Don’t listen to him, Tea Party. It’s a good thing you did! A very good thing! We shouldn’t raise taxes for anybody at all no matter how broke the nation is! You’re such a clever party!”
Here’s a clip from the classic episode:
My version of the Bershad analogy, from last night’s “Ed Show” (with the great Thomas Roberts filling in) was of a parent in a supermarket whose kids are having a meltdown. In that situation, you can either correct the kid, and make him calm down, or you can load him up with all the candy and Doritos he can stomach. Here’s the segment:
John Boehner needs to snatch the candy out of these kids hands before they vaporize him.