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Mitt Romney was born in 1947 and grew up during the golden age of television and would have had many role models from that era.  Some of these have already been mentioned, of course, so in this diary we will do a top-10 ranking of role models for Mitt.  Feel free to explain why you might have ranked these differently, or to add names to the list.  Please wait for the orange test pattern to clear and then we will begin.

10. Fred Mertz played by William Frawley - This miserly curmudgeon was the neighbor of the Ricardos in I Love Lucy.

9. Carlton Banks played by Alfonso Riberio - The culturally correct young black man on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

8. Jack Benny played by Jack Benny - This classic cheapskate protected his vault with alligators, dynamite and quicksand, and when guests apppeared on The Jack Benny Show he tried not to pay them.

7. Alex P. Keaton Played by Michael J. Fox - The conservative son in of a liberal family in Family Ties.

6. Blair Warner played by Lisa Whelchel - No sexist is Mitt, so he wouldn't be averse to having a female role model: In this case the preppy rich girl at a private school in The Facts of Life.

5. Robot played by a second-hand vacuum cleaner - This character is a camp favorite, from  Lost in Space.  Robot is not rated higher on the list, however, because of its tendency to warn the middle-class Robinson family of impending danger.

4. Thurston Howell III played by Jim Backus - The Brahmin millionaire in Gilligan's Island.  Not a medalist because the judges deducted points from Mr. Howell for sometimes actually helping his fellow castaways.

now down to the nitty-gritty.  The three finalists are:

3. Eddie Haskell played by Ken Osmond - The bronze goes to this two-faced, brown-nosing teenager in Leave it to Beaver.  He is one of the few characters to become a metaphor in the language.  We have all heard someone described as "a real Eddie Haskell".

2. J.R. Ewing played by Larry Hagman - The ruthless tycoon of Dallas would stop at nothing to further his empire.  J.R. only gets a silver because he was unfaithful to his wife, and whatever else we say about Mitt Romney, we shouldn't say that.

1. Milburn Drysdayle played by Raymond Bailey - This banker from The Beverly Hillbillies recieved top scores in style, execution and sucking up to his wealthy benefactors.  Your gold medal winner, ladies and gentlemen.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a sprit of charity than the constant omissions of a government frozen in the ice of it's own indifference." F.D. Roosevelt

    by brae70 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 11:23:23 AM PDT

  •  Instead of the Robot... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...you should have put up Dr. Smith.

    You should have mentioned another Irwin Allen "Special Guest Star", Kurt Kasznar, who played Cmdr. Fitzhugh on Land of  the Giants.

    Also, you mention Carlton banks twice. Why?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 11:34:38 AM PDT

    •  Dr. Smith is a good choice. Robot got in (3+ / 0-)
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      because I wanted at least one non-human character and Mr. Ed was too nice to make the list.  Also, IIRC, Lassie wasn't really a bitch.

      "Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a sprit of charity than the constant omissions of a government frozen in the ice of it's own indifference." F.D. Roosevelt

      by brae70 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 12:34:43 PM PDT

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  •  Sorry. I'll correct that. (0+ / 0-)

    "Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a sprit of charity than the constant omissions of a government frozen in the ice of it's own indifference." F.D. Roosevelt

    by brae70 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 11:35:25 AM PDT

  •  Missing from this list (3+ / 0-)
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     Valentine Michael Smith - from Stranger in a Strange Land

    a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians. The novel explores his interaction with—and eventual transformation of—terrestrial culture

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

    by jgkojak on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 11:46:03 AM PDT

  •  Ummm, third place is Bronze (1+ / 0-)
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    Other than that, it seems to be definitive list.

    “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

    by markdd on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 11:50:28 AM PDT

  •  Mr. Isuzu with the flashing He's Lying when he's (3+ / 0-)
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    on the screen.

    "There is no barrier of people's acceptance. The only barrier is the media. Remember what people cannot see or hear, they cannot think about." - liner notes of Soft Cell's 'The Art of Falling Apart'.

    by dugjxn on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 12:17:13 PM PDT

  •  I don't see Gordon Gekko on your list (2+ / 0-)
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    I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 12:29:38 PM PDT

  •  Boss Hogg (4+ / 0-)
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    1) Hoarded money, owned basically the whole county

    2) Used his political position to constantly screw the people

    3) He kept targeting truly decent people (The Dukes)

    4) He had his corrupt underlings carry out his dirty work (Sherrif Roscoe P. Coltrane)

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 12:42:27 PM PDT

    •  Yes, played by Sorrel Booke. (1+ / 0-)
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      This one was suggested if Haley Barbour had become a candidate.

      "Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a sprit of charity than the constant omissions of a government frozen in the ice of it's own indifference." F.D. Roosevelt

      by brae70 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 12:44:54 PM PDT

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  •  As for Jack Benny, Foster Brooks appearing (1+ / 0-)
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    as Benny's accountant:  

    "Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a sprit of charity than the constant omissions of a government frozen in the ice of it's own indifference." F.D. Roosevelt

    by brae70 on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 12:49:01 PM PDT

  •  How about these guys: (2+ / 0-)
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    Cosmo Spacely The owner of Spacely's Sprockets. He was George Jetson's boss. He was demanding and sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, over working George. etc...
        As well as Sylvester Nathan Oscar Slate (Mr. Slate). Who we all knew as Fred Flintstone's boss. Same thing.
        Both guys went to evil cartoon character boss school.

        I'm surprised no one caught that.

         And how about Joe Friday. The man was so stiff I don't think he could bend.
         Also, also Daren Steven's boss Mr. Larry Tate. He would be all for what Daren was doing but if the client didn't like it boom you're off the project, possibly fired.
         He was a sniveling, groveling, brown nosing, two faced, lying, cheating, condescending, pandering, feckless, drunk whore.

         And speaking as a woman I was never fond of Major Anthony Nelson. Fuck You Major nelson. If I want to go to Baghdad to visit my mom. I'm going to Baghdad. I always wondered why Genie didn't break that bottle once she got out.
         I always wanted Genie to dump Nelson and run off with Roger Healey. Roger would let her do anything she wanted, you just knew he wouldn't lock her in a bottle.

    "Mitt's OK, as long as everyone he meets is named Mr. Leader or Bruce." Me

    by nellgwen on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 01:33:36 PM PDT

  •  such a list without mention of a Ferengi (1+ / 0-)
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    is invalid ;-)

    •  Too obvious and used a lot already :) (0+ / 0-)

      But it is fitting!

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 02:28:33 PM PDT

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      •  yeah? where are the (OBVIOUS!) Mitt = Ferengi (0+ / 0-)

        cartoons, jokes, articles? I haven't actually seen any...

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Tue Aug 07, 2012 at 06:56:00 PM PDT

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