In this election cycle, the Monday morning quarterbacking that takes place after major political events consists less of determining a winner than it does exploring what new Internet memes were birthed.
Nowhere has that been more evident than after Tuesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney — the second of three verbal contests between the two presidential candidates before the election on Nov. 6. (The final debate will be held next Monday, Oct. 22).
When Romney opted to use the unfortunate wording "binders full of women" to illustrate his efforts to create a diversified Cabinet when he was governor of Massachusetts, the Internet latched onto the phrase faster than Felix Baumgartner plummeted to earth earlier this week. By the time the debate was even over, Romney's description had spawned a Facebook page (which had more than 275,000 "Likes" by mid-morning on Wednesday), a Twitter handle and, perhaps best of all, the website bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com, which features parody photos of everything from Paula Deen riding on a binder to Romney and Paul Ryan holding Carly Rae Jepsen hostage in a file folder.
"In five years, we'll all either be working for him... or be dead by his hand."
It's been more than five years since Jack (Alec Baldwin) uttered those foreboding words about Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) on 30 Rock, but now that the NBC comedy is heading into its seventh and final season (Thursday at 8/7c), one of those predictions may just come true.
"We certainly have not forgotten about that," co-showrunner and executive producer Robert Carlock tells TVGuide.com. "I think it would be disappointing if one of those didn't happen. There are so many things we want to do before it's over."
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But there's so little time. The three-time Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series will return for a shortened 13-episode run — or a "full-out sprint," as Carlock calls it. "When we were doing 22 episodes, there are sort of three phases you go through. One usually takes you through about 10 or 11 episodes. There's a sprint to that with an arc, then there's a wait and you usually do your weirder episodes while you're treading water, and then you have your sprint ...
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