Wednesday, August 25, 2010

If politics were American Idol ...

Posted on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 3:31 PM

What do you mean, "If?" Oh, because we don't actually have candidates sing in front of everyone and judge them based on their musical abilities. Well, maybe we should.

In the video below, Chris Young, Democratic candidate for mayor of Providence, R.I., emphatically proves to his constituents that he does not have what it takes to impress Simon Cowell — but maybe mayor is a good silver medal?

What's more impressive: that Young brought along his tape recorder so he didn't have to go it a capella, or the interviewer's ability to keep a straight face? For that matter, the fact that he has the tape recorder with him means he planned this ahead of time, which means he considered this a good idea. Would you be willing to trust the judgment of a the guy who thought this was a sound campaign strategy?

I say we have a "Candidate Idol" for all those who made it through the primary. Because the people have the right to know the important things about their elected officials.

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