The Ted Cruz of literature
Don’t you agree? I’m trying to be accurate, and not be catty. They really do seem to strike the same philosophical and psychological chord, but in different fields. Without being either for or against either man, just looking at each as a news/entertainment phenomenon, you can place them close together on just about any dimension save field-specific ones. That is, abstract only very slightly, and you’re looking at the same thing.
I have a vague memory of two Hollywood execs raving about some recent film and ribbing a producer on not having that movie. “Are you kidding? I already own it,” and named a movie he had made some years ago. The two had a good laugh, went home, and as one later wrote, the more he thought about it, the more he realized the producer was right. It was the same story. The exact same story, but different characters, different MacGuffin, different time, different county, but: exactly the same story.
That’s what we have here: These two are the same story. In music, I guess it would be different songs, same chord progression.