Pin It
Favorite

Trail Mix 

by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Must-See TV & r & & r & With the writers strike dragging on in Hollywood, producers are dumping all manner of reality shows into their prime time schedules. So far in 2008, one of the surprise hits has been the presidential race.





"This one is special," Time magazine writer David Von Drehle told the New York Times. "You have the Clintons, a powerful dysfunctional family... you have this out of nowhere handsome stranger in Obama... John McCain, left for dead in a previous episode, roars back to life, and Mitt Romney... is a dead ringer for John Forsythe. And I am not the first to point out that Mike Huckabee is Jim Nabors. And then it all ends in this amazing American Idol big episode on Super Tuesday. How can you not watch that?"





And the ratings agree: According to the Times, CNN's presidential primary ratings are double what they were in 2004, when the Dean Scream was the soundbite of the season. And FOX's ratings are up 60 percent, while MSNBC is up 150 percent. No wonder all those pundits suddenly backed off their normal knee-jerk desire to crown a winner early -- nobody wants this show to end any time soon.





Punked!


Just to show how wild and crazy the Romney bunch is, son Matt pulled a little prank on dad Mitt just before the Michigan primary -- he called his cell phone and played some audio snippets of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as if the Governator was calling to cheer him up. Matt, in San Diego, and Mitt, in a diner in Grand Rapids, bond in this slickly edited item you can watch on YouTube. See, they're just a regular family!





Wild West


If you're looking forward to the Feb. 9 caucuses in Washington, you might want to take a look at how things played out in the Nevada caucus on Jan. 19. Reports of participant intimidation, doors being closed a half-hour early and lawsuits over where to hold the events were obscured by the final result, which was... a tie? Apparently Hillary Clinton won the most votes, but Barack Obama will get the most delegates from Nevada -- or will he? Nobody's sure, really, until county and state conventions are held later this year. Now tell us again, why are caucuses so great?
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • A Win for Everyone
  • A Win for Everyone

    The water protectors at Standing Rock achieve an important victory
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • My Dinner with Fidel
  • My Dinner with Fidel

    Looking back nearly 20 years, when three Americans sat down with the Western Hemisphere's most notorious communist
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • 'No' to Sessions
  • 'No' to Sessions

    Trail Mix: Murray opposes AG pick Sessions, McMorris Rodgers' future
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Gingerbread Build-Off

Gingerbread Build-Off @ Davenport Grand Hotel

Sun., Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Unfinished Business

    Isaiah Wall wants to get his life on track. But first, he's gotta buy drugs for the police
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • Fake-News Nightmare

    The social media dream of the 2000s is fading, but we can reset the system by sticking up for the truth
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


green zone


marijuana


TRAIL MIX


Comment


Readers also liked…

  • To Kill the Black Snake
  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • A Persistent Life
  • A Persistent Life

    Scott Reed won more cases than he lost in life, and the beauty of the Coeur d'Alene area has been the beneficiary
    • May 27, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation