Monday, April 7, 2008

Campaign comedy

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Here are couple of amusing pieces of on-line tomfoolery from the seemingly endless contest for the Democratic presidential candidacy:

First, in New York magazine, former "West Wing" writer/producer Laurence O'Donnell Jr. writes "Four Days in Denver," a script for a worst-case scenario in which Obama and Clinton go into a deadlocked Democratic National Convention. "West Wing" fans will remember that Jimmy Smits' "Matt Santos" won the nomination at a deadlocked convention, so O'Donnell has sketched out a comparable (but fictional) situation already. The final confrontation behind Obama and Clinton behind closed doors is rather satisfying as drama, but the piece also has amusing little details like this one:

The third ballot is a big setback for Gore, who loses half his voters and ends up with three. The Gore surge is over. Delegates get friskier this time. There are two votes for Eliot Spitzer, one for Jimmy Carter (Carter actually has to swear to Bill O’Reilly that he did not vote for himself), eleven for Barney Frank, and one for Keith Olbermann. The Frank voters happily do network interviews explaining what a joy it is to actually cast convention votes to nominate a gay man on the same night that they already cast votes to nominate a woman and a black man.

On the other hand, this Youtube clip abandons verisimilitude to parody of Sarah Silverman's "I'm F***ing Matt Damon" video, using lines from the presidential debates and other campaign soundbytes to make Hillary Clinton and Barack O'Bama the stars of the piece. It's not very nice to Hillary:

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