Thursday, July 21, 2005

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Even if you lose everything you've been hired to win, you can still make a mint and count on employment for the rest of your electoral cycles.

Reader JG alerts us to this Drudge item (I don't think I've ever linked to him before . . . but at least he's not W_nk_tt_) on a new reality TV to find the next American political idol: America's Next Top Political Consultant.

This new "Are My Polling Number Hot or Not" will cram 12 aspiring consultants into one Georgetown townhouse to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start flagrantly violating BCRA on national television . . . .

Oh - BCRA, right, and every other jurisdictions' campaign finance and ethics laws . . . wonder how that'll work out. The blurb says the last consultant standing wins $1m to spend on a cause or candidate in the 2006 election.

Wow - better not be a California cause or candidate, $1m is chump change in our media markets.

For you BCRA/PRA minded folks - play around in your head all the ways in which this program could violate the law or pretzel itself through enough loopholes to get off the ground.

I was/am fundamentally opposed to the "American Candidate" show awhile back. And, I suppose, a really classy consultant would rather the spotlight not be directed to him or her, but rather to the candidate or cause. But this is celebrity America, after all. And for every young singer who dreams of being the next Kelly Clarkson on the 15-minute rocket ship, there must be some young campus organizer who stares adoringly at his Joe Trippi poster nightly.

JG suggest a Phoblog application is in order. Well, I'm no consultant. I fancy myself more like those two old balcony sitters from the Muppets, but with a tad less snark. Mostly.

1 comment:

Bethany said...

Don't sell yourself short - you're just as snarky as those muppet guys!!

PLUS, I think you shold apply. Karl Rove is the perfect example of the consultant that refuses to stay behind the curtain (or off the public payroll). You know what they say about not being able to beat 'em...