Sunday, May 14, 2006
The Secret Weapon--Napoleon Dynamite!
Teenage cult favorite (and already "cult classic"?) film Napoleon Dynamite (2004) was one of the most quotable movies in the last decade (you've probably heard plenty of teenagers throwing around: "Lucky!" or "Gosh!" quite a bit more in the last couple of years). And, as an aside, thoughtful parents should like a film like this too . . . when was the last time that a popular teenager movie contained ZERO swear words and no sexual content?
When I first watched Napoleon Dynamite I never dreamed that it would be the deciding factor in Mitt acheiving the presidency. But here's how it could really be a factor:
Why, you may ask, would Napoleon (Jon Heder) support Mitt? First off, I expect that some, if not most, candidates will have the idea to play off this teenage cult film (the "Vote for Pedro" T-shirts are just too popular to ignore). Capturing votes out of the "pop culture" crowd can be difficult (especially for republicans). The teenage crowd that loved and quoted the movie will be 4 years older in 2008 than when the movie came out. That means that most of them will be first time voters and most will not be too up on the complexities of the issues. But they may think that it's so cool that Napoleon would support a candidate that they might just vote for that candidate.
The key may be in the connections . . . both Napoleon and the movies' director Jared Hess are BYU alumns like Mitt. I honestly cannot say where they stand politically, but, playing the odds, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints they are most likely to be fairly conservative and republican in their leanings. Plus, this would give them a resurgent national interest in their film and merchandise, with the finiancial benefits that would follow.
So, here's hoping that Napoleon Dynamite changes his political support from "Vote for Pedro" to "Vote for Mitt"
To quote the movie:
Pedro: Do you think people will vote for me?
Napoleon Dynamite: Heck yes! I'd vote for you.
Pedro: Like what are my skills?
Napoleon Dynamite: Well, you have a sweet bike. And you're really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus you're like the only guy at school who has a mustache.
Surely, if Napoleon could rally his whole school to vote for Pedro with those skills . . . just think what an easy task he would have at rallying the nation when he has Mitt's skills to tout!
Imagine Napoleon on the nightshow circuit voicing his support for Romney or doing his dance at the 2008 Republican National Convention when Mitt accepts the GOP nomination for the presidency! OK, I've gotten a little carried away here . . . but don't be surprised when you see the "Vote for Mitt" shirts!