I think this whole controversy is SNL-worthy and is life immitating art (parody). The late Gore Vidal once said that we live in the United States of Amnesia, referring, clearly, to the American attention-span and ability -or is it, rather, inability- to recollect and put things in historical context.
To me, this controversy is perfect proof, except for the fact that somebody caught and broadcast it thus bringing it to the attention to the collective, national consciousness, that the same political speeches and scripts, with slight variations, are continuously looped and played. Janus, the two-faced, by turns Democrat and Republican, stands before the American spectator, or would-be voter, and delivers a rousing speech to which the flag-waving partisans applaud and clap. Eight years later, an eternity by American standards, Janus (this time as a Republican and thus speaking from the other side of his face) speaks again, and the crowds clap and applaud. Finally, after much fanfare and hullabaloo and quadzillions of dollars, Janus is once again [s]elected as President and the game continues, uninterrupted.
Yesterday, in my imagination, I revisited my great-great-great grandfather's memory and thanked him for emigrating from England so that I, in this day and hour, in the geopolitcal endgame, can take my seat, third row and center, at the tragi/comedy that is the American political process. He handed me some popcorn and suggested that I enjoy the show, but, like any good theater, to not be altogether taken in by it.