The American Experiment with Self-Government Is Over. It Has Failed.

 

From Natalie Andrews at the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire:

While many lawmakers spent the summer break campaigning or with constituents, Senators Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D., N.M.) spent a week stranded in Eru, a deserted island in the Marshall Islands, with nothing but their clothes and three items between them – and a TV crew. The senators paired up to create “Rival Survival” – a reality show set to air on Discover Channel about two political adversaries spending six days and six nights on a deserted island.

Two senators, I’m sure, chosen totally on the basis of their survival skills:

Jeff-flake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heinrich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tune in next year when John Thune and Kirsten Gillibrand have to hash out their partisan differences in a sauna!

Now, I don’t want to tell the folks at Discovery how to do their job (my TV production experience having ended with my abrupt dismissal from the Oxygen Network), but this strikes me as a missed opportunity:

The island is truly deserted, said Discovery Channel spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg. There was no source of freshwater and the waters surrounding the island are home to “the largest shark sanctuary in the world.”  There was also no source of food on the island, making it likely that the senators had to wade into shark-infested waters to eat.

“There was no cheating, they had to work together, they had to play nice together,” said Ms. Goldberg.

Wait, let me get this straight: You had the opportunity to put members of Congress in water teeming with aquatic death machines… and you thought the ratings hook would be how they worked together? Get back to me when you produce the show where Barbara Mikulski has to fight off a hammerhead. If you’re going to kill off whatever modicum of dignity remains in American government, at least do it with some panache.

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  1. Misthiocracy Member
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    Merely being members of different parties does not make them “adversaries”.

    They represent different states. When have they ever, in their political careers, directly competed against each other?  Are they on the same committees, or something?

    Fail.

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  2. user_352043 Moderator
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    @AmySchley

    Misthiocracy:Merely being members of different parties does not make them “adversaries”.

    They represent different states. When have they ever, in their political careers, directly competed against each other? Are they on the same committees, or something?

    Fail.

    The states are neighbors … anyone know if there’s a big Arizona/New Mexico rivalry, like Kansas and Missouri?

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  3. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Amy Schley:

    Misthiocracy:Merely being members of different parties does not make them “adversaries”.

    They represent different states. When have they ever, in their political careers, directly competed against each other? Are they on the same committees, or something?

    Fail.

    The states are neighbors … anyone know if there’s a big Arizona/New Mexico rivalry, like Kansas and Missouri?

    A friendly rivalry is one thing.  In order to be “adversaries” they would have to actively work to harm the other state!  IMHO.

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  4. Casey Inactive
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    Isn’t this how Australia got started?

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  5. Artemis Fawkes Member
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    Casey

    Isn’t this how Australia got started?

    Stranded criminals. Yep.

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  6. Tom Meyer Contributor
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    I feel bad for the sharks.

    • #6
  7. user_3444 Coolidge
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    @JosephStanko

    Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho for President!

    • #7
  8. user_358258 Member
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    @RandyWebster

    They won’t be bothered.  Professional courtesy.

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  9. Jimmy Carter Member
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    I’m more interested in the coping skills of Wilson “The Volleyball.”

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  10. DrewInWisconsin Member
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    While I can’t imagine such a show having any viewers at all, I’m not sure how the headline fits with the story. Troy, you’re certainly creative enough to come up with something better. Please see me after class.

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  11. Vance Richards Member
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    In 2016, no debates. Just have Clinton and Christy square off on Naked and Afraid.

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  12. 3rd angle projection Member
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    Vance Richards:In 2016, no debates. Just have Clinton and Christy square off on Naked and Afraid.

    That’s just an unnecessary visual brain plant. Now I’m going to have to have a cocktail. Or 2.

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  13. 3rd angle projection Member
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    Vance Richards:In 2016, no debates. Just have Clinton and Christy square off on Naked and Afraid.

    Of course, they’re naked and we’re afraid. Very afraid.

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  14. user_280840 Inactive
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    @FredCole

    Excuse my French, but come the [expletive] one. This can’t [expletive] possibly be [expletive] real.

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  15. user_3444 Coolidge
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    @JosephStanko

    Troy, are you sure you weren’t watching an old rerun of Gilligan’s Island?

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  16. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    Flake does this desert island trip every year. He went alone the first time, then brought his eldest son the second… I should have guessed a reality show as the next logical step.

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  17. user_49770 Inactive
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    @wilberforge

    Leave them there alone for six months, then evaluate. No film crews onsite. Now that would be a telling tale.

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  18. Tuck Inactive
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    Flake sounds like a decent guy…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Flake

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  19. Eeyore Member
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    Troy Senik, Ed.: Tune in next year when John Thune and Kirsten Gillibrand have to hash out their partisan differences in a sauna!

    Actually, they’re under contract with Dating Naked.

    Tuck: Flake sounds like a decent guy…

    He was. When first elected, conservatives hoped he would go up against Boehner for Speaker. Now his Reach-Across-The-Aisleness is one of the most saccharine and squishy in Congress. Rob Long is further to the right than Flake. Nice pecs, tho.

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  20. user_280840 Inactive
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    @FredCole

    Tuck:Flake sounds like a decent guy…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Flake

    Any senator with a chest like that should be voted out of office on general principle.

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  21. DrewInWisconsin Member
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    Fred Cole:

    Tuck:Flake sounds like a decent guy…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Flake

    Any senator with a chest like that should be voted out of office on general principle.

    Because . . . ??

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  22. Fricosis Guy Listener
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    @FricosisGuy

    Joseph Stanko:Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho for President!

    The producer’s next show will indeed be “Ow My [expletive]!”

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  23. Misthiocracy Member
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    DrewInWisconsin:

    Fred Cole:

    Tuck:Flake sounds like a decent guy…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Flake

    Any senator with a chest like that should be voted out of office on general principle.

    Because . . . ??

    Because that sort of physique requires many hours of daily exercise, time that the senator in question could be using to be a senator…

    …on second thought, every senator should be required to have a chest like that. They can do less damage to the nation if they spend more time in the gym.

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  24. DrewInWisconsin Member
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    @DrewInWisconsin

    Hey, courting the female vote is important. Here’s what Democrats have offered.

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  25. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Joseph Stanko:Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho for President!

    Apropos of nothing: You can now have President Camacho give you GPS directions:

    http://www.nerdist.com/2014/09/make-your-gps-sound-like-terry-crews/

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  26. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
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    DrewInWisconsin:Hey, courting the female vote is important. Here’s what Democrats have offered.

    You are a cruel, cruel man, Drew.

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  27. user_280840 Inactive
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    @FredCole

    DrewInWisconsin:

    Fred Cole:

    Tuck:Flake sounds like a decent guy…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Flake

    Any senator with a chest like that should be voted out of office on general principle.

    Because . . . ??

    That man isn’t just in shape.  He took time to make himself look that way.  I don’t care for that kind of vanity.  (That excludes myself.  For what it’s worth, I look the same way with my shirt off.)  But also, he shows it off.

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  28. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Reason has a great take: WHY STOP AT TWO?

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/09/12/reality-show-traps-two-senators-on-a-des

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  29. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

    Fred Cole: But also, he shows it off.

    So would I.  So would I …

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  30. Misthiocracy Member
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    @Misthiocracy

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