It usually takes a season or three before a broadcast television show starts taking partisan positions.
The new ABC series “Scandal” starting smiting the Right in the very first episode.
The series, about a former White House staffer (Kerry Washington, an Obama supporter) who starts her own damage control company, served up a story painting conservatives as both anti-gay and hypocritical, according to Newsbusters.
The debut episode centered on a murder case involving Medal of Honor recipient and Republican party poster boy Lt. Colonel Sullivan St. James. The veteran soldier was a staunch conservative, deacon in his church and vehemently anti-gay. Of course, the alibi proving him innocent of murder was a surveillance tape showing St. James kissing another man.
Pope’s die-hard lefty associate Abby displays the typical liberal “tolerance” for St. James, and wants to refuse the case because of his conservatism, but upon discovering the soldier’s shocking secret she becomes his champion.
St. James would rather go to jail than admit he is gay and betray his conservative values, and this revelation prompts Pope and her team of “fixers” to do their true duty and convince the soldier to embrace his homosexuality. Pope told the war veteran that he was “living a lie” and he must “accept who he really is.”
Predictably, by the end of the episode, St. James saw the light, and openly and proudly gave up his conservative lifestyle. The last five minutes features a televised press conference, and the former voice of the Republican Party was all too happy to announce he was gay.