In Market: Consult the great oracle from Fort Worth

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The father of Beavis and Butt-Head may have stumbled onto something.

If you’re wondering what the 2016 elections – presidential and otherwise – will bring us, a guy with Fort Worth roots may be able to help you.

You might know him as Mike Judge, a former North Texas resident and bass player with several local bands. You might know him better as the creator of Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill and Office Space. Ten years ago, Judge did a movie that barely saw the light of day called Idiocracy.

It now seems to play on Comedy Central about, oh, every two hours or so. It’s about a librarian, played by Luke Wilson (another North Texas connection) who wakes up 500 years in the future. He finds himself in a dystopian future America populated and run by – how best to put this – uneducated morons. In fact, they wouldn’t know what “dystopian” means (FYI, it means a literary work describing an imaginary unpleasant future, for example The Hunger Games). Crops are dying because they’re watered with a sports drink called Brawndo.

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It ends with Wilson’s character (spoiler alert) nearly being executed at a monster truck rally.

The film has already been compared to the current presidential primary with Donald Trump the primary exhibit A. While that may be debatable, just south of us, in Travis County, the new Republican chair is truly making Mike Judge an oracle.

Elected on March 1, Robert Morrow is a self-confessed conspiracy theorist who tweets photos of women with comments such as “I am feeling boobylicious tonight!!”

“I don’t give a flying (expletive),” Morrow told the Washington Post. “. . . My enemies are pushing on a string. They have no legal recourse to get rid of me. I’ve been getting out my word about the criminality of the Bush-Clinton crime family and serial murderer Lyndon Johnson. It’s a smashing success.”

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That’s just a small sampling. The 51-year-old Morrow has a degree in history from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and has plenty of off-the-wall theories.

The incumbent until June 1, James Dickey – who Morrow beat with about 55 percent of the vote – said uninformed voters carried his rival to victory.

“As you go down the ballot, there are bound to be races for which [voters] have no information,” Dickey told the Austin American-Statesman. “It is probably very likely that the vast majority of those people were, in fact, unfortunately guessing and guessed wrong.”

For his part, Morrow told the Washington Post that his opponents have “all the effectiveness of a neutered gerbil.”

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Mike Judge may have a point.

Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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