Monday, January 18, 2016

Darlene McBride: The Republican Party’s #1 Singing Star!


-By Noah

Many years ago, I used to hurry home on Sunday nights in order to make sure I caught MadTV. MadTV was a sketch comedy show that ran from 1995 into 2009. Ironically, it ran on Rupert Murdoch’s FOX network, but, then, so did The Simpsons, a show that managed to be a little subversive (in a good way) at times. Perhaps, the Republicans in control simply missed some of the Simpsons’ snark as it went right by their heads.

As for MadTV, one of the show’s recurring satirical characters was a singing right wing character named Darlene McBride. McBride’s songs championed such Republican causes as the NRA, massive deportation, white supremacy, hate for gays, whatever. You name it, if it was a Republican value, McBride had a song for it. I have no doubt that Republicans think she is real and that they weep with joy every time they hear Darlene McBride sing. McBride is a satire that is all too real. In fact, I’m sure Pat Robertson has tried to book her on the 700 Club. It’s even surprising that FOX "News" hasn’t tried to hire Darlene as a serious pundit, not that they need another person like her.

Some folks find it interesting that Darlene McBride’s songs match up so well with today’s Republican Party, given that MadTV has been off the air since 2009. The truth is, of course, that the Republican Party didn’t just become what it is overnight. It didn’t become what it is today the moment "luminaries" like Trump, "Jeb," Cruz, Christie, Huckabee, et al took center stage within the party. It’s been a dark fortress of hatred, hoaxes and bigotries for decades now. If MadTV had still been going in 2012, McBride would have been channeling Mittens Romney and singing songs about “free stuff” and the "47%."

Yes, for most Republicans, Darlene McBride is probably the real deal. If there are any Republican trolls out there reading this right now, I can all but guarantee that they think she’s real if only because they hope with all their miserable being that she is. Once they see the McBride "Take Back America Tour" clip, they will go to Ticketmaster online to get tickets for the tour mentioned in the clip. After that, they’ll be heading to amazon in search of her non-existent CDs. Oooh, the shattering disappointment! They will wail that amazon doesn’t have the non-existent CDs due to some sort of "damn librul conspiracy!"

No less a shining light on a hill than Reince Priebus himself is probably trying to book McBride right now as the opening act for each night of this year’s Republican convention. Good luck with that, Reince. But, don’t worry, you’ve got all the bigotry bases covered. Besides, you can always go with Clint Eastwood and his empty chair again, or maybe you and Carly Fiorina can just cut up some dolls on stage, and throw the "baby parts" out into your cheering sicko audience.

By the way, Darlene even has a song for MLK day-- on Liberty Records, of course!

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At 9:50 AM, Blogger Erik Lindgren said...

Good research in dredging up the sardonic past Noah. Pathetically prophetic. Darlene's "message" sadly rings oh so true in Y2K+16.

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Michael Simmons said...

Thanks for the memories, Noah. The conundrum is how one satirizes somebody like Trump or Fiorina or anyone in the clown car -- they're irony-proof.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Meade Skelton Haufe said...

It's us conservatives that have that last laugh. A majority of us find it hilarious, because it's a liberals warped idea of what conservatism is. I enjoy Darlene because the irony is people think from within that they are making fun of something. When in reality, it doesn't exist. Enjoy.


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