In a recent conversation with my Mom, she noted that Christmas shopping for the family just wasn't going very well- the stores are poorly stocked and what is there is picked over. Since travel is out of the question, presents have to be sent, and the US Postal Service is still a mess because Trump's postmaster general threw a spanner in the works (even getting rid of, and sometimes destroying sorting machines). I quipped, "Remember that old TV special, The Year Without a Santa Claus?" She immediately got what I was hinting at. Soon after, I found a picture comparing Trump and Pence to the not-quite-villains of the Rankin/Bass animated show:
Trump and Pence are a lot more evil than the 'Miser' brothers, and I'm sure they could never pull off a spectacular song-and-dance number:
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Rankin/Bass animated classic Santa Claus in Coming to Town, and I immediately thought that the Trump Maladministration would make for a great Rankin/Bass style Christmas special. As our main villain, we have the Callous Queen who hates Christmas:
She even uses her magic powers to change Christmastown into a blood-red horror-land while her ogre husband brings plague to the land. I'm going to have to apologize to the late great Paul Frees for this (I'm a big fan), but Sebastian Gorka would make a great stand-in for his classic mitteleuropäische villain Burgomeister Meisterburger:
Gorka's burgomeister would, of course, blame Santa Claus for wanting to take away the people's hamburgers, necessitating his hording all of the burgers in his own vault:
There are also the cast of naughty children that Santa will have to punish for their misdeeds... The Trump Maladministration has all of the makings of a Rankin/Bass Christmas special, albeit a singularly dark one. At least the ending will turn out okay... a song and dance number:
Then the Good Guys save the day... truly a post-Christmas miracle.