Monday, February 6, 2012

Randi Rhodes: Winners & Losers

Another good Super Bowl! If you wanted to see a blowout this weekend, you had to go to Nevada. Mitt Romney won big in Nevada, perhaps thanks to the state’s large Mormon population. On the other hand, Nevada also has a lot of whores, scorpions, and snakes, and that didn’t help Newt Gingrich. I don’t know what’s more fun—watching Newt Gingrich lose, or watching Bill Belichick lose. I guess Newt is more fun to watch lose—you know all of his fans are nutcases. Some perfectly nice people are New England Patriots fans.

That was the greatest Super Bowl I’ve ever seen in terms of physicality and sheer athleticism—and I’m talking about Madonna. The woman is 53 years old. I want to be able to do what Madonna did! And I don’t mean the dancing—I mean being pulled everywhere by hundreds of muscle men in Roman centurions’ outfits. OK, now we’ve had Super Bowl halftime performances from Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, and Bruce Springsteen. OK—stop with the 80’s performers before we have a halftime show with Air Supply.

During Madonna’s performance, the singer M.I.A. flipped the bird on TV. Shameful! I hope Madonna gave M.I.A. a stern lecture about using manufactured controversy to generate publicity. As controversy goes, it wasn’t exactly Janet Jackson’s nipple. A little advice to M.I.A.—if you’re going to do something like that, you at least have to top the last time. So you’re looking at a minimum of two nipples.

Incidentally, a 30-second Super Bowl ad spot costs 3.5 million dollars, or as Mitt Romney calls it, 'a paycheck'. GM and Chrysler both aired high-profile ads during the Super Bowl. Mitt Romney wanted to let the auto industry go bankrupt! If it were up to Mitt, GM and Chrysler wouldn’t even exist. You would have been watching ads for job search websites aimed at all the people thrown of out of work when the auto industry collapsed. Some people say the auto industry ads came off as ads for Obama’s reelection. It’s not that the car companies were telling people to vote for Obama. Just the fact that they’re still around tells people to vote for Obama.

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