I am both a fan and a practitioner of what my friend Sam likes to call “speculative celebrity fiction” (recent example: Esquire‘s fictional recreation of Heath Ledger’s final days), but as bleeding-edge as I consider myself to be there’s no way I ever could have come up with an editorial about what a television character from 20 years ago would think of Ron Paul, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. Particularly not one this detailed and earnest.

Alex was a true conservative Republican. He was for limited government. He was strongly against government involvement in the personal lives of its citizens. He was competent and capable. The ultimate overachiever. But above all, Alex was a firm believer in the power of ideas. The true conservative belief in the competitive marketplace of intellectual discourse. Where the best ideas win — usually Alex’s. And, so it’s difficult to recognize in this current incarnation of the Republican Party, a party whose legacy will include Terri Schiavo and Hurricane Katrina, a place where Alex might feel the least bit comfortable.

That is some avant-garde op/ed writing. It’s not as effective as it would be were it written as Alex Keaton, but maybe the world’s not ready for that yet.