When one of our readers (E.A.) suggested the idea of Paul Ryan as Eddie Munster, I immediately recognized it as a natural. With Ryan’s ridiculously low hairline, widows peak and bushy eyebrows, it didn’t take much work to transform Ryan into little Eddie. As for the Mitt/Herman transformation, a quick peek into Romney’s cold inner being was all the inspiration I needed.
Actually, anyone who remembers the ’60s series, The Munsters, knows that Herman was a decent, soft-spoken guy disconnected from reality. The Munster family (Herman, Lily, Grandpa and Eddie) were a ghoulish family composed of a Frankenstein dad, a vampire as his wife, her vampire father, Eddie the werewolf son and Marilyn, their normal looking niece, who was considered the ugly duckling of the family.
The show centered around the Munsters failed attempts to assimilate into normal society. Their tendency to view normal everyday folk as misfits was their downfall. Remind you of anyone you know?
If Mitt and Ann Romney have shown us anything, it’s that their privileged life of mansions, car elevators, dressage horses and Cayman Islands tax havens has left them unable to understand the struggles that middle class Americans face each and every day. Only a man completely out of touch with regular folk would find it amusing to mock people in $3 plastic raincoats (“I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks”) while boasting of his friendship with race car owners.
When Ann Romney said, “We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life”, she wasn’t kidding. The Romneys view themselves as a part of society far removed from the riff-raff that clean their pools and sweep up Rafalca‘s droppings.
Herman never figured out why it was he who was the misfit and not the other way around. Don’t hold your breath hoping Mitt is ever going to figure it out either.
(The Romney and Ryan source photographs are Creative Commons licensed images from photographer Gage Skidmore.)