October 27, 2008
Chad Love: If McCain Loses ...
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
As we get closer to election day and the dismal poll numbers keep rolling in for the McCain-Palin camp, it might be time to start looking past the election. Hollywood certainly is.
From hollywoodreporter.com :
As campaign managers for Sarah Palin plot last-minute tactics to get her elected, Hollywood bigwigs are convening strategy sessions of their own. Their goal: finding the ideal on-air vehicle for the vp candidate if and when she exits politics.
Love her or hate her -- there doesn't seem to be much middle ground with Palin -- the 44-year-old hockey mom has captured the public imagination in a way no politician has since, well, Barack Obama.
But as more and more polls cast doubt on the McCain-Palin ticket, producers and agents across the entertainment world are discussing possibilities for capitalizing on her fame, ranging from an Oprah-style syndicated talk show to a Sean Hannity-like perch in cable news or on radio.
So here's an idle thought: In the long run would it actually be better for us if McCain lost? Think about it, what's the favorite pastime of millions of American lemmings, I mean citizens? That's right, killing brain cells in front of a TV. Regardless of questions concerning her qualifications for VP, you can't deny she's tailor-made for television. As a vehicle for getting the hunting/shooting cause into the national dialogue where it belongs, this potentially beats the hell out of her current candidacy.
Why? Because a McCain-Palin administration would be nothing like a Bush-Cheney administration. Despite the campaign rhetoric, Sarah Palin's role is going to revert right back to to what the VP's was before Dick Cheney entered the office: ribbon-cuttings and attending the funerals of third-world potentates. And really, what good is that going to do us?
But a Palin talk show? Priceless. It has the potential to project a pro-hunting, pro-firearms image to millions of people. So let's say for the sake of argument that McCain loses and Palin gets snatched up by a network. You are now the executive producer of her forthcoming show. What will be the format and what will be the topics? How would you present Palin to the world?