AMC’s Mad Men got topical Sunday night with a dig at Republican hopeful Mitt Romney‘s father. Supporting character Henry Francis, who works as a political adviser to New York City Mayor John Lindsay, and served as Director of Public Relations and Research for then-New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, took a swipe at George Romney, then-Governor of Michigan. “Well, tell Jim his honor’s not going to Michigan,” Francis snaps. “Because Romney’s a clown and I don’t want him standing next to him.”
Matthew Weiner‘s writing has been known to insert historical events and people into the plot lines of his stories, and this could be yet another example. Or something else?
Update: Vanity Fair’s Juli Weiner gives more historical context to the scene:
Romney, a Republican with relatively progressive views on civil rights, became something of a political pariah following his public opposition to G.O.P. presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964. That might explain the “clown” comment.
We know Francis meant the Romney the elder because in the summer of 1966—the year Season Five Mad Men takes place—Romney the younger was on a Mormon mission in France and would not have had an opportunity to be photographed with John Lindsay.
Watch the clip below via AMC:
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