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Jumping the Shark
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 12/18/2005 | Salena Zito

Posted on 12/18/2005 6:39:00 AM PST by NorthEasterner

Jumping the shark By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, December 18, 2005 Pop culture, like politics, has a language all its own, adopted from a multitude of sources. The most influential is television, which provides news, information and cultural influences in a constant stream. So it's fitting that we often use pop slang to describe political milestones.

"Jumping the shark" refers to the moment when something once-great ends, or even tumbles into free-fall. Its origin is the "Happy Days" episode in which the Fonz, on water skis, jumps a shark, marking the decline of the show.

Now take a moment to think of some Washington Beltway types who jumped the shark.

First up might be former President Jimmy Carter. Some would say he jumped the shark when he sat with Michael Moore at the 2004 Democrat convention -- a worthy moment, to be sure, but his demise actually was of a more serious nature. Carter's jump came with his inept handling of the hostage-taking in Iran, which in turn laid the groundwork for today's Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; clinton; gore; iran; jumptheshark; kerry
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The line "Although Dan Rather is not a politician per se -- he only played one on TV -- his shark-jump became known as "Rathergate." just threw me!
1 posted on 12/18/2005 6:39:01 AM PST by NorthEasterner
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To: NorthEasterner

Aaaayyyyy!!!!

Man, Carter had so many JTS moments, you'd think he was The Fonz or Evel Knievel. The gas lines, addressing the nation in a cardigan and asking us to turn down our thermostat, getting advice from Amy, the swimming, attacking rabbit......on and on. He was a treasure trove of the ridiculous.

2 posted on 12/18/2005 6:48:07 AM PST by edpc
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To: edpc

ha yeah you are so right!


3 posted on 12/18/2005 6:55:56 AM PST by NorthEasterner
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To: edpc
He was a treasure trove of the ridiculous.

As far as I'm concerned Carter still IS a TT of Ridiculous...Have you heard any his asinine statements lately?

4 posted on 12/18/2005 6:57:05 AM PST by sirchtruth (Words Mean Things...)
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To: NorthEasterner

Good column. There should be a web site for the Shark-Jumpers' Hall of Fame (Shame?).

Dan


5 posted on 12/18/2005 6:59:33 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: NorthEasterner
"Jumping the shark" refers to the moment when something once-great ends,

[snip]

First up might be former President Jimmy Carter.

"once-great", "Carter"? Bwahahahahaha!

Carter walked up the shark tank and was pulled under without jumping.

6 posted on 12/18/2005 6:59:51 AM PST by KarlInOhio (What is the most obscene gesture to a Democrat? An Iraqi voter showing him a stained finger.)
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To: NorthEasterner

"Catch the waaaabittt...CATCH THE WAAABBBITTT..."

(Sung to the tune of "Flight of the Valkyries" in an Elmer Fudd voice...:)

7 posted on 12/18/2005 7:00:31 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: KarlInOhio

ah come on now, carter was once great...as a peanut farmer


8 posted on 12/18/2005 7:01:46 AM PST by NorthEasterner
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To: NorthEasterner

Oh stop it. Everyone knows Billy was the brains behind the outfit down there...


9 posted on 12/18/2005 7:02:28 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: KarlInOhio
How could Jimmy Carter be a has-been? He was a never-been. Therefore, he is technically unable to jump a shark.
10 posted on 12/18/2005 7:03:10 AM PST by Bernard (Do it fast. Do it cheap. Do it right. Choose two.)
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To: NorthEasterner

I admit it. I ALWAYS wondered at the origin of that saying, "Jump the Shark"...:)


11 posted on 12/18/2005 7:04:14 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: rlmorel

i actually remember watching the episode and thinking wow this is like when the brady bunch formed a band that sounded frighteningly like the archies...


12 posted on 12/18/2005 7:09:43 AM PST by NorthEasterner
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To: NorthEasterner

I would suggest that Clinton jumped the shark when, during his first campaign, when asked about drug use, he replied "I broke no laws of the United States." That careful formulation became the pattern for eight years of evasion and deception."


13 posted on 12/18/2005 7:09:58 AM PST by kilowhskey (Land of the free, because of the brave.)
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To: kilowhskey

yeah i would line clinton up with carter and specter multiple shark jumpers


14 posted on 12/18/2005 7:11:31 AM PST by NorthEasterner
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To: sirchtruth
As far as I'm concerned Carter still IS a TT of Ridiculous...Have you heard any his asinine statements lately?

You mean about using a psychic to find a lost airplane and having seen a red, white and blue UFO?

15 posted on 12/18/2005 7:12:24 AM PST by steelcurtain
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To: steelcurtain
To read about Carter's UFO experience, go here.
16 posted on 12/18/2005 7:13:30 AM PST by steelcurtain
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To: edpc

... lusting for women other than Roselyn ...


17 posted on 12/18/2005 7:14:27 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: kilowhskey

I was in the USN while Carter was president. The Navy was hurting those years, doing the best they could with what they had. God Bless Ronald Reagan.


18 posted on 12/18/2005 7:16:36 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: BunnySlippers

I wouldn't venture near the incompetent former "president" with a handle like yours...You might get an oar on the instep...:)


19 posted on 12/18/2005 7:17:45 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: rlmorel

20 posted on 12/18/2005 7:32:37 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: NorthEasterner
From original article: Carter's jump came with his inept handling of the hostage-taking in Iran

I disagree. It was surely an inept moment, but it lacks the ridiculous quality of an effete gesture to try to capture or sustain something that is clearly finished.

21 posted on 12/18/2005 7:32:39 AM PST by LK44-40
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To: LK44-40

ok folks lets start naming your jts moments on Carter! :)
and clinton
and gore
and kerry
and dean, oh wait that is sooo obvious
we should have a little contest to see who nails it the closest...


22 posted on 12/18/2005 7:34:47 AM PST by NorthEasterner
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To: rlmorel

I was in the army when reagan was president. During the 1984 campaign, some people who were in while carter was president described how things got better under reagans military budget(increase pay, ect)


23 posted on 12/18/2005 7:36:54 AM PST by sachem longrifle (Proud member of the Fond Du Lac band of the Chippewa people)
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To: NorthEasterner

"Jump the Shark" has great relevence when speaking of pop culture events, television, etc. A much better term for describing the demise of politician is "Ride the Tank", in reference to Michael Dukakis' famous crash and burn. I've proposed this phrase on FR before. Evidently it didn't catch on, so I'll suggest it here again


24 posted on 12/18/2005 7:40:13 AM PST by Orbiting_Rosie's_Head
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To: sachem longrifle

was in the Navy 1975-1979. We did the best we could, and I believe we were capable enough to perform missions if called on, but...the cuts in military spending were atrocious.

When I was up in the North Atlantic above the Artic Circle on the USS JFK, we did not have enough foul weather jackets to go around. We had to "hotseat" foul weather jackets (supplemented by stuffing cleaning rags inside them to make them warmer) so when someone came down off of the flight deck, they had to surrender their jacket to someone who had to go up.

What a pathetic POS Carter was, and is.


25 posted on 12/18/2005 7:41:16 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: NorthEasterner
and dean, oh wait that is sooo obvious

Absolutely! That was classic JTS

26 posted on 12/18/2005 7:42:16 AM PST by LK44-40
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To: NorthEasterner
Specter started young with the "magic bullet". ;-)
27 posted on 12/18/2005 7:42:41 AM PST by cgbg (MSM and Democratic treason--fifty years and counting...)
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To: Bernard
What a great observation! Thanks.
28 posted on 12/18/2005 7:43:37 AM PST by pointsal
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To: NorthEasterner
ok folks lets start naming your jts moments on Carter! :)

I can't top the hostage crisis, and the failed rescue attempt that was one of the saddest moments in our military history.

and clinton

So many to choose from, but the Ron Brown funeral video was the point when I became truly convinced the guy was a sociopath.

and gore

His dying sister speech at the convention was very loathsome.

and kerry

John Kerry, Reporting for duty!!! That pansy ass salute and ridiculous monent was as sad as it was funny.

29 posted on 12/18/2005 7:47:53 AM PST by lawnguy (Give me some of your tots!!!)
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To: Orbiting_Rosie's_Head

wow great line!!!!!!!


30 posted on 12/18/2005 7:48:36 AM PST by NorthEasterner
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To: Orbiting_Rosie's_Head
A much better term for describing the demise of politician is "Ride the Tank", in reference to Michael Dukakis' famous crash and burn. I've proposed this phrase on FR before. Evidently it didn't catch on, so I'll suggest it here again


31 posted on 12/18/2005 7:58:41 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: lawnguy

Actually, there is no contest. Carter jumped the shark, appropriately enough, in his presidential debate with Ronald Reagan. Carter claimed that before the debate he had asked his daughter Amy, who was about 8 years old, what she thought was the most important issue and she had answered without hesitation "nuclear nonproliferation." I recall people literally guffawing to one another the next day about how totally unbelievable that was.


32 posted on 12/18/2005 8:03:24 AM PST by Williams
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To: NorthEasterner
This is how Cindy Sheehan "Jumped the shark" - Tom WND - Oct 2005

"Cindy Sheehan, the so-called "peace mom" on a crusade to end U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, is publicly blasting Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for her continued support of the ongoing conflict. "I think she is a political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys," Sheehan writes in an open letter posted on anti-Bush filmmaker Michael Moore's website. "I would love to support Hillary for president if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation, because she supports it.

I will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again: As I won't support a pro-war Republican."

33 posted on 12/18/2005 8:04:10 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: NorthEasterner
i actually remember watching the episode and thinking wow this is like when the brady bunch formed a band that sounded frighteningly like the archies..

I thought Happy Days had jumped the shark well before Fonzie actually did jump it.

Many would argue that Brady Bunch was shark bait from the get go, but most would probably say when they added Cousin Oliver. When I was younger, I thought Marcia was hot. I guess I still do.

Jimmy Carter was killed and eaten by land sharks from Saturday Night Live, well before he made it to the water.

34 posted on 12/18/2005 8:04:22 AM PST by yarddog
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To: NorthEasterner
I thought Jimmuh jumped the shark when he tried to talk down that tripping dude on live TV with Kronkite.

Oh wait! .......

That was on SNL.

.........nevermind.

35 posted on 12/18/2005 8:09:36 AM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." —Will Rogers)
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To: The Drowning Witch

Ping!


36 posted on 12/18/2005 8:10:23 AM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." —Will Rogers)
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To: lawnguy

"That pansy ass salute and ridiculous monent was as sad as it was funny."

True, but it did inspire the Swift Boater. ;-)


37 posted on 12/18/2005 8:12:04 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: Williams

Oh yes, I do remember that. I agree that is a classic.


38 posted on 12/18/2005 8:15:43 AM PST by lawnguy (Give me some of your tots!!!)
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To: lawnguy

"...the Ron Brown funeral video was the point when I became truly convinced the guy was a sociopath."

What's scary about that is that if it hadn't been for Rush Limbaugh's TV show, none of us would have ever seen it. The MSM sure weren't going to expose his coldness and hypocrisy.


39 posted on 12/18/2005 8:20:05 AM PST by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: NorthEasterner
Clinton:

"I didn't inhale..."

Uh huh. After seeing the photo of him with his long hair and headband...yup.

40 posted on 12/18/2005 8:24:56 AM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: NorthEasterner
Re: Jimmy Carter - anyone remember the time he ran the Peachtree Road Race and collapsed from the heat? There were some great wire photos of him like a limp noodle being assisted away by the Secret Service. That was totally jumpin' the shark.
41 posted on 12/18/2005 8:25:36 AM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

ha forgot that one great stuff


42 posted on 12/18/2005 8:44:25 AM PST by NorthEasterner
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To: NorthEasterner
I think Jimmah "jumped the shark" much earlier when he expressed puzzlement that the Soviets could not be trusted to keep their word.
43 posted on 12/18/2005 8:48:28 AM PST by luvbach1 (Near the belly of the beast in San Diego)
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To: NorthEasterner
I think one of Carter's great JTS moment was sitting in his chair with a sweater on telling us all to do the same, or his "malaise" comment.
44 posted on 12/18/2005 8:50:20 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances – and it advances relentlessly – freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe

Excellent point. Though it is now much harder to fool the populace, apparently, there is still a great opportunity to do so or there are a great many who are easily fooled, or both.


45 posted on 12/18/2005 8:57:16 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: Williams

Please don't forget the joke about Montezuma's revenge to the President and dinner guests of Mexico in Mexico. What a dork.


46 posted on 12/18/2005 9:03:35 AM PST by PROTESTBYPROXY
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To: Capt. Tom

What a great picture. I like the catch-phrase too.


47 posted on 12/18/2005 9:04:28 AM PST by wolf24
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To: Capt. Tom
Helmet, meet Lei.
48 posted on 12/18/2005 9:06:49 AM PST by sayfer bullets
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To: steelcurtain
You mean about using a psychic to find a lost airplane and having seen a red, white and blue UFO?

LOL! No, I haven't even heard about those!!! I was just referring to him being anti-war and making dumbass comments.

49 posted on 12/18/2005 9:08:17 AM PST by sirchtruth (Words Mean Things...)
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To: PROTESTBYPROXY
Well, if you add the whole administration, you had Jodie Powell kissing Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's wife (a religious no no), looking down at her breasts, and announcing "now I have seen the pyramids!"

Powell and some others also publicly urinated at the base of the great pyramid (the real one).

And brother Billy Carter, a beer drinking hick, was paid $100,000 by Khadaffi as an "international consultant."

Then you had Jimmy Carter personally scheduling who could play tennis on the White House courts.

It's a long list, many younger people don't know that Carter started out with a lot of public good will as a decent guy, but his administration was one embarrassment after another, leading to his defeat in a record landslide.

50 posted on 12/18/2005 9:11:51 AM PST by Williams
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