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Subtlety Takes a Holiday: Palin-Supporting Tea Party Character on CBS Drama Named ‘McVeigh’

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By Doug Powers  •  February 26, 2011 02:42 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

At least they didn’t make his first name “Adolph.”

From Fox News:

The CBS drama “The Good Wife” has raised a few eyebrows by naming Gary Cole’s character, a ballistics expert, Tea Party member, and Sarah Palin supporter, “Kurt McVeigh,” a not so subtle comparison to Timothy McVeigh, the man behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.

Wait, it’s not what you think, because naming the Tea Partier after a mass murderer was intended to draw out the prejudices of the liberal character… or something like that:

“The Kurt McVeigh character was introduced mid-season our first year, and at that time, he was given a name that was intended to play into the anti-conservative prejudices of the more liberal partner, Diane,” King told Pop Tarts. “So no red flags were raised because the point was to satirize Diane’s prejudice against his name. The point of the McVeigh character was that he was the most truthful and forthright character on the show, and yet he just happened to be a strong conservative.”

Well, that explains it then. But just to be fair — and what Hollywood liberal doesn’t like fairness — shouldn’t the left-leaning character’s name be “Kaczynski” just to provide some equal-opportunity satire? Why only poke fun at the liberal character’s prejudice? Hollywood’s been carrying conservatives for too long!

By the way, The Good Wife producers want Donald Rumsfeld to be on the show. Maybe Rummy’s character will be named “Hitler” — you know, just to expose the prejudices of the more liberal characters.

**Written by Doug Powers

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