"Move On" - September 19
Political ads were dog-eat-dog last time, as Park once
again secured the frontrunner position due to a split
liberal vote. But can he do it again now that Bruce is
out of the running? We'll find out as the campaign bus
heads to Philadelphia for a celebration of freedom - the
Fourth of July.
you remember, Lisa voted for Bruce, turning her back on
the once-strong alliance. Will that cost her in the end
now that Keith and Malia have bonded together?
The stakes has gone
higher as we move toward the next phase in competition:
recruiting volunteers to get out individual votes.
Here's how this round works. There are three ballot
boxes: the Melrose Diner (a good target for
working-class voters), South Street (a target for
youth), and at a multicultural festival. Candidate with
the most votes will be the new frontrunner. The other
three will debate.
To aid the candidates,
Amazon.com has granted every item in each individual
wish list. But the candidates only have eight hours, so
they don't do a bit of good unless they act quickly.
Malia's strategy: Get
out the vote early. Lisa's strategy: ally herself with
MoveOn.org, a progressive PAC. Keith picks up on this as
she backtracks an earlier statement made to Keith that
she would NOT use MoveOn.org. Typical politician...
Keith and Malia confront
her about it, which quickly escalates into an argument
over why Bruce was voted off yesterday. And like any
politician with a hidden agenda, she dodges around the
initial question, saying that "she'd think about it."
Dean (her CM) says its all about winning.
Keith heads to the
Kinko's to find Lisa there. What a perfect time to fight
another battle. Lisa calls Keith the most reasonable
person in the race... And he doesn't buy it. Bottom
line: she lied and then had a hissy-fit. Goes back to
what Chris Rock said once upon a time: "I know you did
it, just admit it."
This week's poll: Would
America elect an African-American as President? Result
Malia hits up the diner
first to ask for volunteer. She gets some, but some vote
for Keith. Lisa takes on the diner as well, taking on
the non-white volunteers that Malia manages to wrangle
with... the white volunteers. The two meet, where she
decides not to use MoveOn.org. Malia is about to get
caught up when Team Lazu pulls her away.
Park, on the other hand,
has a different idea -- being different. Keith follows
suit, as the two head for the other boxes.
On South Street, Lisa
beats Keith, while Park bills himself as a "consensus
builder." Malia's camp also arrives to play dirty
("She's politics as usual"). But Lisa's camp gets some
much needed flavor as a lady who went to fight in Iraq
at 16, only to come back to no job at 20, starts handing
out flyers and calling Rashad (Malia's CM) "a fag."
Welcome to Showtime, folks.
Keith also arrives to
get his message across. Park.. is trying. He walks a
couple of people to the poll, only to be met with
Malia's camp saying that the coordinators have to
actually SEE the voters do it at the box. Park talks to
Malia about it. Keith.. moves on to the festival box,
where he hopes to tap into support. Keith enlists a
zone-defense. Ready.. HIKE!
Results of the wireless
poll are half-and-half. Heh. Without prejudice, indeed.
The other candidates
join the party, with Carlos of Team Lazu leading the
charge for Malia. Lisa has the same problem with him,
though, that Park did earlier. So what does she do?
Offer Team Witter ice cream! Beat that, Carlos. "Take
the ice cream then vote for whoever you want to vote
for. Just take the ice cream! It's free!"
Malia's camp answers
back with... limo rides to the polls! It's politics at
its grittiest. But will it work? Time is running out...
Sorry, time has RUN out.
Keith: "Anyone who tells you that they don't want to win
is lying through their teeth." Time for the results in
what Montel says was a very tight race.
Park (15%) - FACES
Lisa (25%) - FACES ELIMINATION
Keith (26%) - FACES ELIMINATION
Malia (34%) - FRONTRUNNER
It's another changeup
and another focus group brought in to vote, as right
now, I'm predicting another split liberal vote. Everyone
agrees that the victory is well deserved.
Next day, the debate...
which is going to turn into a fight. It's a town-hall
meeting with elimination hanging in the balance. And it
wouldn't be a focus group with.. Frank! Sum-up:
Keith: Has a plan to
change America, drawing from his experience in the White
House. Wants to extend Medicaid protection. Is facing an
uphill battle because of his looks.
Lisa: The only
pro-choice Democratic woman in the race. Plans on
bringing people together. Wants to take away
"with-us-or-against-us" mentality. Admittedly not a
"Beltway boy". Comes from a "new generation of women
Park: Plays the "war on
terror" card. Dodges questions. Is willing to talk to
hammer things out. Believes that fiscal responsibility
and tax relief can go hand in hand.
Now it's onto the vote
for who would make the best President. The votes are
in... "Keith, you are off the ballot." There goes my
Keith says he would not
change anything simply because a focus group doesn't
like it. Malia was upset. What happened? Simply put:
Keith played the race card... but Lisa played the gender
card. But in the end, Keith is as determined as ever.
"I'm a black gay man. How many black gay men do you see
running for office? This is not the end for me."
Next week will be the
end for someone else, though, as we're going going...
back back to Cali... And hey! Watch for Dennis Miller
AND a twist. Also, for the first time in the campaign...
YOU the people will vote.