Obama vs. McCain: What they watch on TV

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August 7th, 2008

Oh boy.  I try to stay out of the political arena as much as possible.  30 years or so living inside the Capital Beltway completely soured me on it.  But James Hibberd has a blog post up about what the presidential candidates told Entertainment Weekly they liked to watch on TV.

Obama likes the Dick Van Dyke Show and M*A*S*H.  No problems here really, I enjoyed them both and let's face it, the 1960s Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie in pants still probably holds up.  The article notes that Obama is on record earlier as saying The Wire is definitely his favorite show.  Which definitely would have me leaning towards Obama.

But wait: McCain says he likes The Wire too.  And Dexter!  And 24!

What to do, what to do!?  If he'd have thrown a LOST, BSG or Mad Men in there, it might have inspired me to care about the election.  But alas, based on their TV viewing it's too tough to call for me.  Dexter may have put McCain over the top for me, but realistically even if I did vote on this basis it wouldn't matter.  How the 7 mile by 7 mile  (The 49ers, as Bill G. likes to note not only harkens back to the gold rush days of 1849, but also the square mileage of our beautiful city) chunk of land I live in will vote is already a fait accompli.

But Obama saying he likes Frank Sinatra and McCain saying he likes Usher was more than I could handle. Makes me wish there was a pay-per-view event where both of these stumping, posturing, politically motivated,  maneuvering manipulators are thrown into the San Francisco Bay.  Just to be fair, I'm OK with Nader being dumped along with them, and if his running mate Matt Gonzales gets thrown in too, I'd pay extra. 

In case you haven't figured it out, I don't have a horse in this race because I don't like any of them.   But I hope someone grills McCain and Obama at the debates about The Wire and Dexter and 24 just to see if they really have actually ever watched any of those shows.

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