People are taken aback by the absurdity. People must be forgetting this comes out of what was the capital of Bachmannistan, amirite?
I kid. I’m from Stillwater. If not in the most literal sense (a neighboring berg to be exact), but Stillwater was the center of our social, scholarly, and commercial lives.
So no, I never had this sense of Lake Wobegon-ness where someone would object to the possibility of an obscure allusion to a slang term. Scratch that. As an ethnic Catholic, I always had some sense Stillwater was a Lutheran town. And maybe that’s not literally true, but it was prosperous enough to be WASPy by temperament. And it did have a robust strain of evangelical weirdness coursing through here and there, that of a sort that couldn’t tolerate a ribald joke or pun.
Maybe I am describing Bachmannistan.