Thursday, October 16, 2008

Drivin' That Train

We missed the debate last night because we were in Strasburg, PA, working with what is by far the coolest prop we've ever utilized, an 88-ton, coal-fired locomotive. (For reference, the previous holder of the "coolest prop" title was a remote control tv-monitor so Mike Wallace could confront an interviewee with a bit of video without having to fumble for the "play" button like every other great-grandfather in America.) Not surprisingly, when you rent one of these babies, you need a to hire a specialist who can actually drive it. Perhaps even less surprisingly, our guy's name was "Hambone."

So think back over last night's debate, replace "Joe the plumber" with "Hambone the engineer," and tell us that wouldn't have been the game-changer McCain was looking for.

"MCCAIN: You know, when Senator Obama ended up his conversation with Hambone the engineer -- we need to spread the wealth around. In other words, we're going to take Hambone's money, give it to Senator Obama, and let him spread the wealth around.

'I want Hambone the engineer to spread that wealth around.' You told him you wanted to spread the wealth around....Why would you want to do that, anyone, anyone in America, when we have such a tough time, when these small business people, like Hambone the engineer, are going to create jobs, unless you take that money from him and spread the wealth around."

He'd have had our vote.

Update/Memo to the McCain team: We're pretty sure Hambone's actually licensed, pays all his taxes, and is not related to Charles Keating. We're certain beyond a reasonable doubt that "Hambone" is his actual name. Let's talk after the election.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You just sound like you are having way too much fun doing this program!
I love the idea of Obama and McCain talking to "Hambone the Engineer". It would make the debate lots more fun to listen to!

M