John Podesta, the fourth and final White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, had an interesting observation:
John Podesta predicts that former Senator Alan Simpson will run for president on something called the “Americans Elect” ticket and will help the re-election of President Obama by splitting the vote opposing him.
Really? I think this Simpson has more of a chance of running:
Although the former Senator looks quite a bit more like this fellow, Mr. Burns:
Which brings me back to the Navy. Have you heard the rumor that Matt Groening modeled Mr. Burns after Admiral Hyman Rickover, father of our nuclear Navy:
A sea story in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear program holds that Groening is a former Navy nuclear operator. The story goes on to claim that the character of Mr. Burns is based on Admiral Hyman Rickover, and that the Ned Flanders character was inspired by a former commander of a moored training ship prototype unit (MTSPU) located north of Charleston, South Carolina. All good sea stories ignore the truth in some fashion, and this story ignores the facts that Groening was never in the Navy, and that the MTSPU did not open to students until July 1989 when Groening was in his second year of creating The Simpsons for the Tracey Ullman Show.
Everything always returns to the Navy.
Which is the way it should be.