Where is Agrabah? Nowhere. It does not exist. But 30% of the respondents in a recent poll want to bomb it. Steve Benen (MaddowBlog) has the short story about the poll.
Public Policy Polling has a well-deserved reputation for asking cheeky questions – in the middle of legitimate, proper surveys – that stand out for being funny. Today’s gem, however, is special, even by PPP standards.
Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?
Support bombing Agrabah 30%
Oppose bombing Agrabah 13%
Not sure 57%
And what, pray tell, is Agrabah? It’s a fictional city in a Disney movie called Aladdin. In other words, nearly a third of the country, asked about a made-up place with a kinda sorta Middle Eastern-sounding name, is ready to launch a bombing campaign.
Reactions to the poll on Agrabah might split along the lines of pessimistic vs. optimistic outlooks. You can worry about that 30% willing to bomb someplace, anyplace as an indictment of our national character. Or you can take solace, as Benen does, from the 57% unwilling to commit.
For those of you too young to recall, Handsome Johnny was the protest song by Richie Havens (performance at Woodstock 1969 on YouTube).
Let's add a verse.
Hey, look yonder, tell me what's that you see
Flying o'er the towns of Agrabah?
Looks like Handsome Johnny with a joystick in his hand
Carpet bombing Agrabah, hey, flying the Agrabah war.