Yep, that guy. Homer fukin’ Simpson. Gee…can cartoon characters vote? Prolly do a better job at it than many in say…Ohio or Illinois do. Ah, well…
America Fuck Yeah!
Congressmen battle to represent Homer Simpson
The long-awaited Simpsons movie debuts this summer. Part of the hook for the animated feature is that the filmmakers say they’ll reveal what state the fictitious “Springfield” is a part of.
For some added incentive, the film’s producers want the many real-life Springfields across the country to compete to host the film’s premiere.
Chad Pergram, a radio reporter for Capitol News Connection, interviewed several members with Springfields in their districts last week. According to Pergram’s report, the favorite so far appears to be Springfield, Ore., because Simpsons creator Matt Groening hails from nearby Portland.
“I think they live just down the street from me, actually,” Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore said. “I live in Springfield.”
Portland’s Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., said his wife, Michelle, went to school with Groening.
“Matt Groening bases a lot of his characters on Oregon,” Wu said.
If enthusiasm is any indication, Oregon’s members have a leg up on those who represent Springfield, Ohio.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, says he has hardly ever watched the show. “It’s cartoons, right?” he asks. “Homer Simpson, if he’s a good guy, he lives in Springfield. If he’s kind of nuts, he doesn’t.”
Rep. David Hobson, R-Ohio, was even less excited.
“I know my daughters don’t allow their children to watch it,” said Hobson, who said he won’t lobby for his city. “I’m not really excited about the Hollywood types,” he added. “That doesn’t stir me up.”
The D.C. area’s most powerful Republican House member, Rep. Tom Davis, represents Springfield, Va. He hopes that our Springfield — Mixing Bowl and all — will get the nod.
“Oh there are Mr. Burnses and there are comic book guys — and we have huge traffic jams” in Springfield, Davis said.
Of course, other states may yet have a say. Missouri, Massachusetts and Illinois, to name a few, also claim prominent cities named Springfield.
At least Sherrod Brown, a recently elected ‘progressive’ Democrat, seems to get it.
Heck, this site could use a little humor and Homer is, on TV at least, smarter than most of the Senators and Representatives I’ve heard speak lately. And, no, that don’t include Senator Obama. I might not think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread but he’s one smart, with it, dude.