Friday, March 15, 2013

The Perfect Republican Congressional Representative

Lately, I have begun to realize the the character, Otto, played by Kevin Kline, from the John Cleese Classic film,  A Fish Called Wanda has everything and more to be the Perfect Teabrained Congressman. In fact, he just might be too perfect. I think Jamie Lee Curtis was a little off the mark in calling Otto stupid...It's something else, something way else...In so many ways, Louis Gomert seems to emulate the qualities of Otto, but Otto could have done it so much better. 
Here's Otto's take on Vietnam in the scene with John Cleese who plays Archie:
Otto: You know your problem? You don't like winners. 
Archie: Winners? 
Otto: Yeah. Winners. 
Archie: Winners, like North Vietnam? 
Otto: Shut up. We didn't lose Vietnam. It was a tie! 
Archie: [going into a cowboy-like drawl] I'm tellin' ya baby, they kicked your little ass there. Boy, they whooped yer hide REAL GOOD.

Remember, Gomert was just another chicken hawk who was of draft age during Vietnam, but of course, just another privileged pussy boy who could get deferred by his rich daddy. And. of course, if Gomert really was half the the man that Otto thought he was, the next scene would be: 

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