I find it interesting that both you & I are enjoying the series, but we reacted differently to the name dropping. I thought it was done well, little footnotes that connect to the here and now. Maybe it would help younger viewers to relate better?I saw that scene and thought it had to be real in that truth-is-stranger-than-fiction kind of way.
This show has pulled me in but I wish they didn't waste time on referencing modern-day people like Brett Kavanaugh, George Conway, or that hideous ghoul Ann Coulter (the actor playing her absolutely nails the voice). I assume they were actually involved but if Kavanaugh hadn't gotten on the Supreme Court, there's no chance that they would have bothered to mention his name in this episode so the references come off as awkward to me.