Spoiler alert for everything. Sorry. I should really put this piece on spoilers.io, if it only existed.
I'm on episode 8 of the final season of Breaking Bad, and I can now tell you why I cringe when people say it's the best TV show ever. I couldn't have said exactly why before.
I like all kinds of crime stories. I like Goodfellas and Pulp Fiction. The Godfather is the best movie ever made. The Maltese Falcon. The Departed. I love them all, and they all have one thing in common. The lead character is sympathetic. Tony Soproano is the mob boss who is seeing a shrink and has a neurotic wife whose approval he desperately wants. He's sympathetic. Would Succession be as good if Logan Roy wasn't proud of his son for being so awful? 💥
But Breaking Bad? I absolutely hate Walter White. Every episode provides new reasons to hate him. That's the central idea of the show. How hateable can we make Walter White? I hate that so many sympathetic people die before he goes. Gus Fring was sympathetic. Mike Ehrmentraut. I forget all the characters who die (I'm going to re-discover them now). All his adversaries are sympathetic. But he's an absolute worst piece of shit he could possibly be and the show is all about him.
One more thing. I'm a huge fan of Bojack Horseman. And his sidekick, like Gilligan to the Skipper, like Sgt Schultz to Col Klink, is Todd Chavez. Who is played by Aaron Paul who plays Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad. And this time around, I hear Todd's voice when Jesse speaks. It's funny! Of course there's more overt satire in Bojack, even though I'm sure the Breaking Bad writers meant it to be funny in a hateful way.
So I admire Breaking Bad. I am in awe of it, everything about it. But I also hate it because I have to focus on a character who I thoroughly despise.
As we all know President Trump is a spoiled rich kid.
Spoiled in the worst way.
So our government is that of a spoiled rich kid.
The previous Repub president was also a spoiled rich kid, only diff is he discovered Christ and corporate graft.
Trump went straight to the mob.
I watched some of the debate last night, flipping channels between MSNBC, the American League Championship Series, Law and Order.
I wish they had asked Warren the question about marriage being between a man and a woman, to see if we'd get the same snotty male-bashing answer (btw it's not a gender issue, plenty of women have the belief about marriage). Watching Warren be so sincere in this debate knowing that underneath it all she's an asshole spoils the effect. I was ready to declare the primary over, Warren is the candidate, but not any more.
I really want Amy Klobuchar, and she was better this time, but as I've said before, she doesn't shine in this environment. Biden, forget it. He never was that good, and now he's pathetic, and so is Kamala Harris, and Mayor Pete is nice but let's wait a few years and see if he can be Senator Pete or Governor Pete first.
Bernie would be a disaster, though he showed heart in thanking people for their support in his time of need. Why can't the Democrats find someone with experience, not too old, confident, and just a Democrat. I'm not interested right now in revolutionizing anything beyond restoring the revolution we had in 1776.
Warren did something awful and I don't think Democrats fully appreciate how bad it was. Men are silenced in gender debates in the US. But that's not the same thing as being disempowered. If you say and do things that breed male resentment, they can vote against you, and if you recall Democrats don't do very well with men. There could be a reason. I of course am not one of the men who vote Republican, but I used to be. I'm not that stupid. But I do have to swallow my pride, if I'm going to support Warren, because I know that inside, a place she usually hides, she's happy to make non-gender issues about men, and throw in a bit of emasculation for good measure.
People can legitimately feel marriage is between a man and a woman, without depriving anyone of the ability to get married. That was the correct answer for a future president. Her job, as president, would be to safeguard eveyrone's First Amendment rights, not just people who agree with her and other Democrats.
The first time I saw a male couple holding hands in public was just five years ago. It was shocking. Not a bad thing, having your boundaries expanded ina safe way is a good thing. But that was just five years ago. That's how fresh the idea of same-sex marriage is in the United States. So of course there are a lot of people who are uncomfortable with it. That's an obvious fact. And they're not wrong and they're not just men. Plenty of women feel that way too. I'd love to see some polling data.
I don't like Warren. It has nothing to do with her being a woman. I have more women friends than men friends. She's creepy and weird. And if she is the Democratic nominee I'll vote for her and give the maximum, but I can't imagine I'll ever like her as a person. I've seen her petty and mean side. A very non-presidential side. And I'll never forget it.
I just wonder why we can't find someone who checks all the boxes. Is smart, ethical, projects confidence and strength, compassion, empathy, humor, honor, all the things the US deserves in a president. Warren is not that.