The Simpsons has, as a business proposition, always been cheerful in its avaricious devotion to licensing and merchandising. Last night it flipped the script. You may never look at your Sunday Best Bart Simpson action figure quite the same way.
Now that his sex tape and other assorted sleazy doings seem to have taken John Edwards to the bottom, the mainstream media is on to the inevitable next story in this minor Greek tragedy, "Can Edwards make a comeback?"
The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.