SCENE: Mitch BERG steps out of the rest room at City Hall as Avery LIBRELLE steps around the corner.
Distracted, visibly in distress, LIBRELLE walks into BERG.
BERG: (Stepping back) Oh … (a little nonplussed, as LIBRELLE doesn’t react, lost in anxiety)…er, sorry…?
LIBRELLE: Oh, Merg. Right. I’m just worried about this country.
BERG: After eight years of Obama, join the club.
LIBRELLE: Har di har. No, serious. The GOP has nominated a candidate who is the worst human being in the world. A genuine Nazi. A man who is the biggest racist in American politics, and who is so clogged with hate that he can barely sit down.
BERG: Is that so?
LIBRELLE: Yes. And yet, his poll numbers remain a challenge to Herself.
BERG: Huh. Why do you suppose that is?
LIBRELLE: The American people have lost their ability to reason.
LIBRELLE: We’re pointing out what a horrible human he is, and the American people are ignoring it.
BERG: Huh. What – again?
LIBRELLE: (Nonplussed) What do you mean by that?
BERG: What did you all say about Ronald Reagan?
LIBRELLE: That his presidency would lead to a nuclear war, that he was a racist, that he was going to draft all teenagers to go to war for Exxon, that he was a stooge of big business, that he wanted to create a nuclear armageddon to enhance his power…
BERG: Huh. And Bush Senior?
LIBRELLE: That he was a stooge of Big Oil, that he’d inherited his father’s Nazi sympathies, that he was a warmonger…
BERG: Right. And Dubya?
LIBRELLE: That he was a bigger Nazi than Hitler, than he was a stooge of big oil, that he was a racist, than he hated children, that he’d never relinquish power, that he was stupid, that he wanted a nuclear war to hasten his fundamentalist faith’s version of Armageddon…
BERG: None of which turned out to be true.
LIBRELLE: Er…it’s all true!
BERG: No, I mean, none of the claims turned out to be factual. And yet every time a Republican runs for office, you get the same chatter.
LIBRELLE: What do you mean?
BERG: How would you describe Republican Senate candidate Al Franken?
LIBRELLE: He’s a racist and a Nazi and a Klansman who’d send our children to war for Big Oil because he’s in the pocket of the Koch brothers and ALEC and the NRA, he hates children and would drive elderly widows into the street to satisfy Big Power, that he wants to launch a war to satisfy his toxic fundamentalist Christianity..,
BERG: Right. Al Franken is a Democrat, a secular Jew. But once I said “Republican”, you switched to autopilot . Just the way the media does.
This is the eventual result of decades of liberal media bias; it’s like the Little Boy who Cried Wolf; people have tuned out the propaganda, just in time for you to face a candidate who actually is troublesome – not to mention a Democrat.
LIBRELLE: (Stands, stunned)
BERG: See ya, Avery.
LIBRELLE: (Slowly turns) But…But…