Bring Back Jack: Sweet, Juicy Justice

by Steve Finefrock – [scriptwriter]

Ahh, so the Junior Senator from Cook County – or, the former Junior Senator from Chicago’s generations’ old corrupt political machine has vacated his ill-gotten gain, only to find the Cook County Corruptors are being corrupt!

Aren’t you Shocked, Shocked, that there’s corruption going on in Illinois! Dear, sweet, perfect Barack Hussein Obama slipped into the U.S. Senate much like he weaseled his way into the state senate of Illinois: scheming electoral manipulation in the primary, and then a few years later ‘upgraded’ in the general, through pre-November shenanigans. First, he clobbered his state-office challengers with legal maneuvers that would make LBJ blush and Richard Daley [The First] flinch. Next, a judge in Los Angeles forced open the divorce records of his later GOP challenger for the national senate seat, tanking the republicans’ Perfect Candidate in time for Obama The One [OTO], or OTO-of-the-future, to waltz over last-minute GOP nominee Alan Keyes.

And a mere four years later, the man who was to be king-killer – self-made gazillionaire Jack Ryan – is working quietly to build small newspapers into a league of lessons on how to adapt journalism to the new electronic age.

Didja forget about Ryan?

A lot of republicans have – even an erstwhile yoda of GOPsters had to be reminded of that candidacy, only last spring, on my query on how to contact Illinois reformer Jack Ryan, ex-hubbie of “Star Trek” actor Jeri Ryan. Jack is handsome, poised, articulate, accomplished, conservative and self-made, worth a billion he earned the old-fashioned way: He Earned It. As Obama burned it, or him, with scheming ways, courtesy of eager Chicago reporters, badgering that L.A. judge to open private records, despite both parties’ emphatic wish that the steamy testimony by Jeri remain private.

Nope, the private divorce transcripts become public, after Jack had the GOP nomination in his pocket. Some marital sexual shenanigans suddenly were oh-so-nasty, and Hollywood was Shocked, Shocked, as was the journalistic community, plus the politicians of Illinois. Jack backed off, a black libertarian candidate was shoehorned as the last-minute nominee: Alan Keyes’ carpetbagger campaign went down in flames, sending OTO to practice national stagecraft.

Ryan was the Perfect Candidate, who could not have been more ideally manufactured in central casting by a Hollywood mogul – a conservative one. Ryan had cashed out his financial worth, and was detouring, with his billions salted away in the bank, making his ‘living’ as a TEACHER! Yep, getting an up-close-&-personal look at the state of education, working as a work-a-day teacher in the public schools, before then spending some of his self-financing cache of cash to run for the GOP nomination.

Has the world forgotten Jack? Could Jack be back?

It would be sweet, juicy, suitable justice if the troubles befalling Jesse Jackson, junior, surrounding Illinois’ governor’s attempt to sell the appointment for OTO’s remaining two years to his senate term, should the power that be scheming should decide, by some weird turn of fate, to APPOINT JACK RYAN TO THE U.S. SENATE. To the seat which he may well have won, if scheming journalistic jihadists had not engineered a phony ‘scandal’ to give OTO another waltz into prominence.

GOPsters need to consider this deeply and seriously – assuming Ryan is interested in re-visiting his vulnerabilities. It would be such fun – he needn’t run for a full six years when his two-year ‘apology’ appointment is done in 2010. Just give the world a tour of what conservative casting can create. Ryan could donate his senatorial salary to an education goal, being a self-made billionaire, and use the Senate as a podium and profile of courage, and demonstration of death-defying resurrection after defeat by dastardly deeds.

It also would bring the Hollywood angle into the game, as Hollywood conservatives are becoming more daring, more visible, more serious about stepping out of the conservative closet. The synchronicity of a solid, self-made and handsome, articulate conservative from conservative casting being a thorn in OTO’s side – after OTO thought he’d ‘done’ him good – might be entertaining. And educational. And, enervating, for the conservative crowd is a bit down in the mouth of late. The soul is still solid among conservatives – our philosophy is still superior to Theirs – but needs a cheering, energizing element.

Just a thought for conservatives – if Ryan is interested, of course. The battering bashed candidates endure often leaves them limp and starchless, hesitant to undertake another foray in the greasy-pole arena of political combat. But a man who made a billion, endured the daily agony of public school classrooms, then took it on the chin from OTO’s legions, to next buy up mid-sized newspapers to prepare for the New Journalism, is a man with some moxie, talent, determination.

Dare we say, he has True Grit. A Duke of hazards of political contest.

And he might enjoy the joy of jerking OTO’s chain from a two-year stint in the U.S. Senate. Maybe enjoy it as much as he did earning that billion bucks. He’d be a real-life Jack Ryan, a matched-set sibling of Tom Clancy’s fictional CIA hero on film and in novels. Imagine, a Hollywood conservative in the U.S. Senate – positively Reaganistic!

From bucks to bucking the education system, then getting busted by a beast called leftwing journalism [and jihadist judge in L.A.], and a journalistic empire-building detour to lick his wounds, then to the U.S. Senate. I see a movie idea here – but the potential measure of Real Politics is superior to any on-screen Reel Politics.

Can we bring Jack back?

Put Jack back, in the backside of OTO! Sweet, juicy, suitable, satisfying Justice. A punishment to fit the crime of OTO’s greasy pathway to the Oval. Our own real-world film project, an improved version of democrat-dude Lawrence O’Donnell’s short-run TV series “Mr. Sterling” that set an appointed young, handsome Josh Brolin as the shiny new face in the capitol. This story, with a sterling, self-made, handsome, articulate billionaire serving out a remainder term, we’d call:

Mr. Ryan Goes To Washington.

Then, he’d be advised: Watch Your Back, Jack.

Ditto for OTO… ExileStreet

copyright 2008 Steve Finefrock Finefrock is founder of Hollywood Forum, a speaker-bureau and panel-discussion vehicle to “Bring the Potomac to the Palisades” on issues that overlap politics and culture with the Hollywood film-TV influence on such national concerns. His scripts have addressed politics [including a TV series pilot/bible package about state political combat, called “A State of the Union”], hazardous materials [from twelve years in emergency management, including six years managing FEMA’s Superfund curriculum for hazmat], terrorism, equestrian reincarnation, serial murderer killing journalists in the nation’s capitol, and fantasy about time-wasters. Finefrock is proprietor of PhoneBooth: The Smallest Space in Hollywood…

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