dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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Mike's stupidity versus Elly's stupidity.....

Before I get to the meat of my article, let's remind ourselves of a very important fact; even without John's prodding, Michael has it in his head that Elly's real function in life is to cater to his whims. The idea that she'd want an identity other than his servant is anathema to him because he's a self-absorbed jerk who fears the very strong female impulses within his personality; this need to reassure himself that he's male is another thing that makes him want to destroy Liz; not only is she a rival for his parents' affections, she's not the little brother he ignorantly assumed that he'd get along with. Even now, today, Mike is willing himself to not realize how frustrated and angry Elly was with her lot in life lest he feel remorse. That being said, his record in the public sphere is almost as pathetic a tapestry of failure as his mother's. Let's start with the fact that most of the people he went to school with regarded him as a disruptive jerk who'd take any dare in order to fit in and be liked; one fine summer, he'd bonded with Martha over the same tendency. Aside from his not learning to stop taking dares like a moron, the interesting thing about the relationship Elly wanted to abolish because she was a wallflower is that we found out something we should have known all along: most people in Milborough don't have the same high opinion of Mike as he does. Watching the same jackass who wasted his life being a snotty little creep to Liz because his parents betrayed him by having a girl act like a whiny little bitch because he was the target of verbal abuse brought a nasty smile to my face.

Another thing that cheers me up is that as part of the labor force and as a public figure, he made a bigger, uglier, more pathetic fool of himself than Elly ever did. Remember when he asked how she could betray him by protesting the closure of that theater? Despite his insistence that she was only doing it to destroy the good reputation he never had, she was simply an annoying loudmouth with a sandwich board and a reasonably worthy cause who ended up handing a politician on the make a handy club to beat his enemies over the skull with and, despite his paranoid and self-serving belief that she was out to get him, had no real idea that he felt that way. Contrast that to when some ignoramus told him about the planned hike in bus fares; he didn't even have the facts on hand when he got on live TV and blathered about how unfair a useful increase that would expand service was. The end result of his idiocy was that the local municipality ended up having to field more off-point questions from other imbeciles and not, as John hoped, his son learning from a mistake. Another highlight of his was making himself the target of the rage of emergency workers, police officers and anyone else who resented the vulture-like buzzing around of a heartless moron who told the EMTs to get out of the way because they were standing between him and an award; his later remorse was not that he was a jackass paparazzo but because he might end up being held accountable. One must also recall to mind his ineptitude as the editor of Portrait; he thinks of himself as having saved the team by running home crying to his fellow imbecile quitter of a mother. The people he left behind have the same low opinion of him that Moira probably has of Elly; in both cases, we have a dimwit with no stamina, brains or heart taking a powder because details are hard leaving wreckage for hardier souls to clean up. The difference is that Elly owns Moira's horses thereby making it difficult to tell her to piss off; also, Moira's contempt is tinged with, if not understanding, at least pity. She knew going in that Elly is a fool and can handle bullshit with aplomb; Mike's former employees are still seething with rage about the rat who didn't even check to see if the ship was sinking before fleeing and how they're all supposed to treat someone who's a bad joke in the industry like he's King of Big Freaking Deal Mountain because he wrote the Canadian equivalent to the Twilight novels.
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