My all-time favorite movie is The Producers.
I’ve seen it a hundred times. I have it memorized. I can tell you what line is coming up next and what the next shot is in any given scene. I still fall off my chair laughing when Springtime for Hitler comes on. I also love the Broadway play and the movie of the Broadway play.
But here’s the point. It’s fiction. It’s comedy. It’s made up. It’s not real.
Or is it?
For those of you who’ve never seen the movie or the play, the concept is simple. A failing Broadway producer is having his taxes done when his accountant makes an interesting observation.
“You know,” he says. “You can make more money from a flop than a hit”.
How could that be? Well, when a show flops you don’t have to pay back the investors. You can raise unlimited amounts of money and then keep it all. The only trick is that the show MUST be a flop. If it’s a hit, you’d have to pay the investors … and if you’d been raising tons of money, you could never make enough money back to pay them.
So, Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder found the worst play ever written:
Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp With Eva and Adolf at Berchtesgaden.
They got the worst director,
And the worst actors imaginable.
And it became a huge hit. They all got arrested and went to jail where they proceeded to bilk the warden and the prisoners into backing a show called Prisoners Of Love.
What does any of this have to do with reality?
We are living in a time where nothing makes sense. Everything is blowing up. The current administration is melting down. Connections between the Russians and this administration are exploding in both Putin’s and Trumputin’s face. The Republicans in Congress are falling all over themselves to prove how utterly incompetent they are at … EVERYTHING!
The mainstream media gave this clown over 3-billion-dollars of free airtime while he was running for office. They were a major factor in making him President. To reward them for this largess, he has deemed them “The Enemy Of The People”.
It makes no sense. Unless you factor in one common denominator.
NOBODY EXPECTED HIM TO WIN!!
They all had different agendas, but they all ended up being different versions of The Producers! The outcome of these elections were based on the same premise as the movie.
He would lose! Trumpy McTrumpFace never expected to win. He never wanted to win.
He ran to get a better negotiating position with NBC over The Apprentice. It’s on record. He told his publicist before he started to run that he wanted to come in a solid second in the primaries. But then he started to win. He realized he could raise a ton of money from poor stupid rural white folks — and he would never have to pay any of it back.
He could use his own plane, stay at his own hotels and funnel most of this money directly into his own pocket. He bragged he would be the first presidential candidate to make money running for president. He never had any policy plans. He didn’t need them.
HE NEVER EXPECTED TO WIN!
He made promises nobody could keep because it didn’t matter. He was supposed to lose. Nobody thought he would win right up until election night.
Then he won. And here we are.
Now let’s take Russia. Putin realized that hacking the DNC and releasing Hillary’s and Podesta’s emails would damage Hillary’s campaign. He had a beef with her. His plan was to screw with the campaign and maybe destabilize her administration. It didn’t matter that people with deep ties to Russia were now running Trumpy’s campaign.
It didn’t matter that this was reported during the campaign. Trump was supposed to lose.
But … he won. Suddenly this is an international scandal. Putin, just a few weeks ago, ordered a “Psychological Profile” of Humpty Trumpty. What did he find? A mentally ill man with his finger on half the world’s nuclear weapons. Most of them pointed at HIM. Oops.
NOW LET’S TAKE CONGRESS
Republicans had the whole game plan set out. They had four years of “investigations” into … well … everything that Hilary Clinton did, would do, or might do for the next four years. They were going to “Repeal Obamacare” at least another 60 times and block anything and everything the White House might try get done. Just like they did for the last eight years.
It’s their thing. They’re good at it. They practice it a lot.
Most Republicans did everything they could to distance themselves from the Trumpster. It was good policy. They could say “See? I knew this guy was a clown from the beginning. Vote for me!” And this would have worked.
Until he won.
FINALLY, THE MEDIA
As Leslie Roy Moonves (Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation) famously said early on, “Trump may be bad for America, but he’s great for CBS.” People recording that couldn’t explain the odd whirring sound that showed up on all their recordings. It was Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Douglas Edwards and a whole bunch of other folks spinning in their graves. (NOTE: Still spinning.)
The media, mostly cable news, gave him ‘un-presidented’ air time because they were getting RATINGS! They were raking in the bucks. They didn’t bother to investigate any of the scandals, the fact that he had no policies, the fact that he was in bed with the Russians. Because THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO! He was going to lose. They could make a fortune with boosted ad rates and didn’t have to spend any money doing things like investigative reporting, exposing his lies, or pointing out that he’s INSANE! Mentally ill.
It didn’t matter that, late in the campaign, he turned on all of them. He was supposed to lose.
But he won. Now the media is “The Enemy of the People.”
So, there you have it folks. Four different versions of “The Producers.” They all did everything wrong.
Where did they all go right?