episode, Dave Weigel refers to Eric Cantor's spokesperson as a vizier. (Also, it seems to me that Jim Pinkerton takes a special thrill in saying "Piss Christ," but I could be projecting.) A vizier is like a Persian or Turkish consigliere.
Here's my question: what is the deal with viziers? I don't mean metaphorical viziers like Eric Cantor's spokesperson, although I suppose he could secretly really be a vizier. I mean viziers in art and such. Are they always evil? If they are evil as often as they are portrayed, wouldn't you eventually stop having them? "You know, now that I'm sultan, I'm just going to abolish the position of vizier, because every vizier before has been evil, trying to kill the sultan and marry his daughter and such." Seems logical to me. The daughter marrying seems like a constant, too. I guess getting princesses is why you get into the vizier business in the first place. The first vizier I ever encountered was actually from the original PC game Prince of Persia. (Let me throw my complete support behind the original, Luke Skywalker formless white sack outfit for the prince, by the way.) That dude was bad. Then of course I saw Aladdin and my view of viziers was confirmed.
Also: all viziers are named Jaffar. The PoP one is, the Aladdin one is, the one from The Thief of Baghdad is. Although apparently there's a movie called The Thief and the Cobbler and it has an (evil) vizier named ZigZag, which is pretty strange. Here's my question: if you had to pick someone to rescue a princess from a vizier, would you go with Jake Gyllenhaal? Me neither.
Also: Jake Gyllenhaal-- not Persian.