Sarah Palin is to Barack Obama as The Monkees are to The Beatles.
Cormully caught that from the Department of Painfully Obvious Promotion and knows what we know: “I was an adolescent and cynicism was transparent to me.”
“Who is the better band?”
In 1965, Don Kirshner, music producer extraordinaire, signed onto a project capitalizing on the Beatles’ fabulous success not merely as musicians but as movie stars.
Seeking to exploit that year’s A Hard Day’s Night, aspiring filmmakers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider proposed to Kirshner an American television show approximating the movie.
From a pool of 400 applicants were selected four eminently qualified, talented, perfectly lovely young men.
They were to mature from commercial enterprise to self-propelled artists – whose quality of work is a judgment call – to be pitted against their inspiration.
Do you see?
The fact remains: Obama/The Beatles created themselves.