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February 20, 2004
Life more like TV...
One thing that might solve the whole "untrustworthy government" thing would be to treat the election more like TV.
Consider two approaches for the upcoming presidential election:
Candidates are dropped off on a desert island and made to compete for food and luxury items over a series of weeks. Each week, the body of candidates votes off one candidate who becomes a member of the jury. Finally, the last two candidates are voted on by the jury. Beats the hell out of the caucuses, and product placement is so much cleaner!
A large number of candidates are screened by a number of loser judges (those who can't do, judge.) They perform each week, and again they're voted off - but this time by a phone in vote from Americans! Yeah, folks will vote more than once, but hell, the current president wasn't even voted into office via popular vote!
Given the relative low turn-out for voting and the high ratings for such games, we think this is a pretty good candidate to replace the current corrupt process. At the same time, revenue from the series of shows would help buy down the deficit. Finally, the potential for spin-off shows is very high. Consider the combination of Fear Factor and the Michael Jackson trial; you're 12, and going to spend a whole night in this house with this man...
|We laughed out loud last night when one of Letterman's bits announced that the Senate had voted to add quotation marks to "the President" when used in conjunction with Bush Junior. If there was ever a situation where that punctuation was earned, it is here, working on so many levels..|
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