The Frank Burns character was supposed to be a conservative Republican, as was Houlihan, at least while she was with Frank.
True. As was Franks replacement (forget name, blue blood FDR hater from Boston).
Hollywood never misses a chance to trash republicans.
That is irrelevant. Archie Bunker was a big union guy. I know they made a big deal out of them being "career army", but not much was made of party affiliation. I realize M*A*S*H was a generally liberal show with such writers a Linda Bloodworth. None of that changes the fact that Kerry embodies Burns both in his attempts to gain medals he didn't deserve and in the lack of respect he got from his peers.