December 21, 2007

Ho ho ho

I suppose that in the halls of academy the bright line between political scientists and those who fashion actual policy marks a well-established divide familiar to all those who care about that sort of thing. The political science people have their Department of Government at Harvard, and down the street the policy people have their Kennedy School of Government. This video crafts a sly parody of the television show "The Office" in which the Department of Government at Harvard is targeted to be absorbed by the Kennedy School.

The threatened merger is averted after a good deal of "Office"-like talk and camera work, resolved in the end by firing all the theorists. That's actually knee-slapping funny in context, as is the turn by the fellow with the William Kristol pinup in his locker.


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