Thursday, April 17, 2008

Live from Philadephia...it's Dancing with the Candidates!



Other than Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers, I have two distinct TV memories from when I was around 3 years old. I used to jump up and down whenever the Coke commercial came on, which prompted my parents to enroll me in dance classes at an early age. And I also remember watching Ronald Reagan's inauguration...kinda weird viewing for a preschooler, especially since we're not exactly Republicans in my family.

So is it really a surprise that later in life I'd work in politics and compete in ballroom dance competitions?

So last night, while I was watching Democratic Debate #471947295092 (OK, fine, it was actually the 21st debate, but hey, who's counting), it hit me. If we can't pick a nominee after about a year and a half of almost non-stop campaigning, then we're fooling ourselves. Forget about debate on policy. What we really need is good old-fashioned reality TV.

I mean, really. They've already been on SNL and The View, not to mention cameo appearances on American Idol. So I think it's time the primary process was thrown out the window in favor of combining two of my favorite pastimes: politics and ballroom.

Introducing "Dancing with the Candidates," a hit new reality show on ABC, hosted by George Stephanopoulos. We'll start small, with just a half hour segment following "Dancing with the Stars" this Monday night. Which is perfect really...it's the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, so what better way for voters in the city of the Constitution to decide the next Democratic presidential nominee.

It's totally democratic, too. Viewers would call in and vote for their favorite candidate after watching their cha-cha or quickstep. Instead of going to a voting booth in an elementary school, you can stay in the comfort of your own home...not even have to get off your couch. Can you imagine the participation we'd get?

My favorite professional dancer on DWTS is Edyta Sliwinska, paired with NFL superstar Jason Taylor this season. But she and Jason are going strong (right on the heels of front-runners Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas), so I don't think she could do this show.

So I was thinking that Barack Obama's partner could be Anna Trebunskaya, who was voted off with her partner, Steve Guttenberg, earlier this season.

And Hillary Clinton's partner could be Anna's husband, Jonathan Roberts, who left the show early after being voted off with Monica Seles.

It's perfect, don't you think?

At first I was thinking it could be a tag team type of thing, since Hillary and Barack's spouses seems to love to be surrogates on the campaign trail. I thought maybe Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton could get in the game, too. Then I realized that Bill might get a little too mesmerized by all the sequins and short costumes, so I decided against that idea.

We'll stick to the candidates themselves.

And really, dancing is a crucial skill to diplomacy. Just think of all the state dinners that are hosted at the White House. Shouldn't we as Americans have a say in who will represent us on the dance floor?

So let's throw out the primary votes in favor of something we can all agree on.

And if we're still deadlocked after this, then there's always "Celebrity Death Match."

15 comments:

  1. *snort* best. idea. ever.

    I love it.

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  2. lololol
    I've never actually watched the dancing show, but I'm all for getting deed done already.

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  3. Anonymous11:24 AM

    And if this show didn't give us a clear winner, we could always try other reality formats - I'm thinking "What Not to Wear" could be useful for politicos, or perhaps something involving strategy or team skills would be most telling (group challenge for the next Project Runway?)

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  4. Survivor would also be awesome. How well do you do when the heat is on? Can you lead our country if you can't survive on a deserted island?

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  5. Ooh, excellent ideas! We could do an entire series of reality shows. Really give the American public a true glimpse at crucial skills.

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  6. And since it's recently been mentioned that Cindy McCain's family recipe was actually Rachael Ray's family recipe, maybe a little cooking reality TV is in order, too.

    I'd love to see Gordon Ramsey order the candidates around in the kitchen. That would be awesome.

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  7. Jennifer Russell12:27 PM

    This is not a bad idea. It would certainly be more interesting!

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  8. I vote for celebrity death match.

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  9. I wanna see Hillary go break-dance-challenge and spin on her head til her pantsuit gets all wrinkled.

    What's disturbing is I now have this image in my head of John McCain and Joe Lieberman doing the tango... and McCain has a red rose clenched in his teeth.

    MIND BLEACH!!!

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  10. Ack! Chrissy! That IS disturbing! But what's funny is I now have that same image in my mind!

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  11. *lol* I was actually thinking a show like Big Brother, both for the name, and because after watching all the candidates live together for a month, and only being shown their worst qualities (much more important than their good qualities), we'd know everything we need to know to pick... Who am I kidding? After that, they'd be lucky not to go to jail!

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  12. Anonymous9:51 PM

    WE THINK THAT OBAMA AND CHERYL BURKE DANCING TOGETHER WOULD BE HILARIOUS, SHE'LL WHIP HIS BUTT AROUND THAT FLOOR-HE'LL BE SO SCARED OF HER REPUTATION, HE'LL BE RUNNING TO HIS PASTOR! CAN YOU SEE HIM DRAGGING HER ACROSS THE FLOOR DOING THE PASO DOBLE?

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  13. OMG. This is pure genius. I actually think almost ANY reality show premise could work. Like, how about putting them into a SURREAL LIFE situation with other deadlocked candidates from campaigns past? Or maybe all elections should be run in a REAL WORLD situation. Like: "Here's the true story...of six candidates...picked to live in a White House...and find out what happens when politicians stop being polite...and start getting real." And how cool would it be if you could just text in your vote for your favorite presidential candidate? I mean, THAT would be AWESOME! People might actually start voting if the election were turned into a reality show competition. No? XO

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  14. Okay, so I read everyone's comments after leaving my own and just realized I'm being completely redundant. Oh well! Great minds think alike or something? :) XO

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