Kevin Brennan Is Self-Publishing His New Novel
Max Bialystock: How could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?
You’ve all seen The Producers, right? The Mel Brooks flick about a Broadway man who wants to put on the biggest flop that ever was so he could abscond with the old-lady investors’ cash?
Well, my wife had the stunning observation last week that we’re seeing it play out in real life, only it’s not Springtime For Hitler — it’s The Trump Campaign!
There’s really no other explanation for his 3 a.m. Twitter rants about Alicia Machado last week. He’s trying to lose the election, folks, and that tells me that he actually does have the temperament to be president.
Quite the paradox. He knows he’s incapable of running the most powerful nation in the world, and that qualifies him to do it!
It’s pretty clear to me, though, that he doesn’t want the job after all. It was a lark at the beginning, kind of a giant focus-group experiment. How many people will follow a belligerent, crude, disrespectful, ignorant, dishonest, and freakishly orange man in spite of all these flaws simply because he says what they want to hear? And it turns out the answer to that is effing millions! This has shocked him, and as the possibility has grown in recent weeks that he might actually win this thing, he needs to derail the train as quickly, yet sneakily, as he can.
The Machado incident marks the beginning of Act III in his version of The Producers. And he’s terrified that the crowd is still roaring with approval.
Look for even more outrageous statements and behavior as the days dwindle down. He needs to turn the heat way up if what he’s done so far doesn’t knock his poll numbers down to size.
I wonder what Mel Brooks himself would say about Trump. Oh, this: “If I were doing a sitcom I’d do it about a powerful idiot like this guy, who’s running a big corporation or a big network and we’d get to see behind the scenes what an idiot he is.”
Maybe this is even more strange than we thought. Maybe The Trump Campaign is actually Mel’s latest project!