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Making Beautiful Mock

So I've come to the conclusion that this year (and I bet I said this to myself last time, too), I will listen to what the presidential candidates say, I will listen to what (non-insane) commentators say about them, but I will not, under any circumstances, listen to what they say about each other. I'm just not interested in that aspect. And I don't care who's the prettiest or the emo-est or the toughest or the sensitivest or the ... OK, stopping now, because it's irrelevant to this post and I can't hang my entire unfair distrust of one particular candidate on one very Bushlike quote.

ANYWAY, see, to my very Democrat mind, none of this idealistic claptrap (hey, I'm only insulting myself) applies to the Republicans. I will watch them tear each other apart. Particularly if they're tearing into Giuliani, with whom this once-and-future New Yorker (you can take the girl out of the city, but ... ) has several issues. And thus, I get a lot of giggles out of this: The GOP Primary Field in Buffy Villains.

Mitt Romney is SO the Mayor it's ... really quite funny.

For more pop culture references — though this one's a bit less on purpose — to current politicians, please see Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan, the comic that made me fall in love with comics, and its creepy, grinning nasty bastard The Smiler. And you tell me who YOU think he looks like. Also, just read the books. Frankly, I think I'm due for a total read-through.

(In all fairness, it was Ellis himself who pointed out the resemblance. What? Don't you follow the many online existences of your favorite comic book heroes?)