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'Sharknado's Amazing Political Power

'Sharknado's Amazing Political Power
Photograph courtesy Syfy/NBCUniversal

These days, Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on immigration, deficits, student loans, the farm bill, or just about anything else. So last night’s sudden breakout of bipartisanship was entirely unexpected. The catalyst wasn’t any piece of legislation, alas, but the cultural phenomenon of Sharknado, the Syfy channel’s terrible/awesome B-movie about a gigantic tornado that sucks up millions of ferocious sharks from the Pacific Ocean and rains them down on a terrified Los Angeles. (For anyone who missed it, here’s the trailer.)

Even before the movie started, at 9 p.m. Eastern time, it was generating unusual Twitter buzz. That traffic exploded as the Sharknado got going, oddly finding its most passionate audience among political types of both parties, who had a weird kind of moment as the movie progressed. Call it “B-movie bipartisanship.”