This is a reenactment of a conversation Ed-who-Cooks and I had:
CC: (Noting Congressman Michael Simpson) Whoa. Wouldn't it suck if you were named "Homer Simpson" and you wanted to run for Congress?
Ed: Would it?
CC: I mean if you didn't change your name people would make fun of you, and if you did and the papers found out, you'd REALLY get made fun of.
Ed: I think you're discounting the importance of the crucial Simpsons voting bloc. People who watch the Simpsons, you know, they're smart and they have money. It's a good demographic.
CC: Right, but would that translate to votes?
Ed: Oh hell, yeah. Are you kidding? I'd vote for a DEMOCRAT named "Homer Simpson"
CC: Well, they do say that name recognition is sometimes the most important factor in a local campaign.
Ed: That's true. That's completely true!
CC: And I bet that being named "Homer Simpson" is instant average Joe appeal.
Ed: Wow. I think we’ve just figured out how John Kerry could have won the election.
Yes, such conversations are stupid, but looking back on it, I think of how baby lions play at pouncing on one another before learning to hunt.
I have questions about if I'm cut out to be a lion.
But it was a good conversation.