The United States is a country that seems to love it’s TV game shows. We call it “Real TV“, not because it REALLY portrays REAL LIFE but because, for whatever reason, it happens in front of a camera. This allows us to say, with some confidence, that it REALLY did happen.
We already have a number of contest, at the City, County, State, and Federal level, that could be adapted, in some way, to fit these formats.
I think that I will just consider the main national game, “The Great Race for the Presidency”, and wonder about what kind of format to put it in…. Don’t tell me about the Dignity of the Office, these are just contestants and bear no resemblance to what they might be like once they are in office….
Besides, chances are they gave up whatever dignity they ever had long before they got to a level to run for President.
I have watched some of these show, though not really enough to be an expert on any of them, then again this is my opinion and so I don’t have to be an expert. Much like the people you see as analist on the various Talk News shows.
So, lets get to it…
There is the “Great Race”… yeah that could be a good format.. The various teams run around the country, much as they do now, competing in various contest. We could get rid of those pesky debates where they tell lies about each other and all we get for it is to find out which one is the most inventive liar. Instead we could have events like Whack a Scandal, similar to Whack a Mole, where they try to beat down past scandals.
We could have one, “The Power Seeker” based on the “Survivor” show, where we place the contestants in a location fitting a politician, such as a toxic waste dump, where they could engage in varied activities that they would enjoy in the wild, such as lying and stabbing each other in the back. The winner would be taken to Washington and be confined to the White House, which could be modeled after Big Brother.
Then we could have ”The Next Big Brother” which might be similar to the “Survivor” above, except we just put a big house on the Toxic Waste Dump.
How about “Americas Got Putzes”, which of course is similar to “Americas Got Talent“, where each of the candidates tries to convince us that they have done something worthwhile. The Judges, not the Supreme Court, would point out their lies, and like the movie said, though I paraphrase, “and there will be lies”.
Then there is “The Spin” which would be done like “The Voice” where we don’t see the candidate, only the back of their chairs, where they tell us, with out mentioning their names, what their beliefs are and what they plan to do once they are in office. This way we could, maybe, weed out the ones who sound like nuts.
Or, maybe, we could have one called “The Power Behind the Throne” which might be a combination of the “The Power Seeker”,or “The Next Big Brother”, and maybe “The Bachelor”. This one would be in two tiers. In one the candidates would be trying to get be the main contender, while to other tier would not be about picking a wife but would be about him picking his special interest. Then we would know, for sure, who the real “Power Behind the Throne” is, and would not have to guess or even pretend to believe he represents US.
Then again there might be the “Real Putzes of Washington” that would be similar to “The Real Housewives of ” fill in the blank. This might even be centered on the people who marry them.
I might have missed a couple of ideas being I don’t watch the shows much, at all.
We could even raise money by opening the voting via a 1-900 number just like the votes cast on TV.. This would help out the Democrats as there would be no pesky voter list to circumvent.
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