"The Big Show" - September
Friends turned into full-blown foes last time, as
Malia and Lisa turned on one another and used every
trick in the book to get votes. In the end, it was Malia
with the most votes, sending the other three candidates
to debate. There, Keith, long considered an early
favorite, was the victim of Lisa's gender card, leaving
Lisa, Park, and Malia still in the running.
Today, we head west to LA,
as the candidates head toward their next challenge not
on the campaign bus, but in the luxury of limos, on
their way to the St. Regis Hotel. Needless to say, it's
pretty surreal, but it's back to reality with this note:
"Meet me in the
Montel is awaiting with
a little surprise... one of 25 copies of the Declaration
of Independence, on loan from Norman Lear's action
group, Declare Yourself. Leading up to today's
challenge: pick a vice-presidential running mate.
Assisting is consultant Ed Rollins. "It's always best to
have someone who doesn't overshadow you. They have to be
compatible with you."
But it won't be just any
running mate... it will be one of the former American
Candidates, as we welcome back Keith, Bruce, Joyce,
Richard, Jim, Bob, and Chrissy. Together, the American
Candidate Reunion Show will take to the air with Kim
Serafin to endorse one of the three remaining
candidates. From that, Malia, Park, and Lisa will choose
a running mate.
Going into this week's
wireless poll: Do you think that the VP choice matters
in a Presidential election?
While listening to the
show from the hotel, Ed warns the candidates that in
their heads is probably one choice. Well, they'll get
two, as they must now present a short list of candidates
for vice president. Chrissy would love to be taken on by
Malia, while Bruce wouldn't mind being Lisa's running
mate. He says he has better organizational skills for
the job. Park's one man, Jim, would be honored to do
anything to help. Joyce is hoping to be on Malia's short
list... or Park's... Malia would want Keith as VP more
than anything. Debating what he said earlier about him
and Lisa with Maila's feelings about his strengths...
Keith still has no answer.
Chrissy touts media
coverage as a strength to Lisa, who also sees her name
as a strength. After all, her father is the guy the New
York Post said would be a VP candidate... right before
getting it right with John Edwards.
And then, there's Bob,
ever the dreamer. He says he's a change-the-system
reformist, which gets Park to asking, "What do you want
to change the system to?" No answer. Next stop on the
Bob Vanech World Tour, Malia's room. Rashad plays the
short-sweet-and-to-the-point role in saying that they
have a short list... and he's not on it. Damn. Finally,
onto Lisa's room. "Tell me how you think you could
mobilize your campaign." Again, no answer.
Thank you, and good
night. Next, Richard pledges his loyalty and faith in
Park, touting the best numbers and connection on views.
Park's CM is won over, but Park still has some major
philosophical differences with him.
Keith steps into Lisa's
camp for his second interview. He says that they would
win if they were on the same ticket together.
Malia and Lisa have a
drink outside, but don't think for a moment that they're
all happy and friendly-like. No, siree, sir. "Her and I
have conflict that we need to work out," says Malia. "I
didn't want it to come to 'The two progressive women are
cat fighting,'" says Lisa. Yeah, not friends, but at
least acquaintances. Bottom line per Malia: "You and I
are the future of this country, and if we can't figure
it out with this space here... this country's screwed."
Dinner time. And also
Park: Jim and Richard
Lisa: Keith and Chrissy
Malia: Keith and Chrissy
interview for the candidates, and that night, they'll
announce their picks on the Dennis Miller Show.
Meanwhile, this is as far as Joyce, Bruce, and Bob go on
the Reunion tour. Bye bye.
Result of the polling
shows that 83% of the polled believe that a VP choice
Malia wants the best in
Keith, but she doesn't know if Keith wants it. Lisa
believes that Keith would be a power presence for Lisa.
Keith thinks Malia brings a lot to the table, but agrees
fundamentally with Lisa. All of this is stressed in his
interviews. Keith agrees to a trust as Malia's running
mate, not believing that Lisa would take him seriously.
Park has a harder
choice, as he has Richard's groups versus Jim's
ideologies. Jim believes he is a fighter and a reformer
and will bring added energy to Park's campaign. As for
Richard: "I totally give you my heart. Jim is going to
cross over like Al Gore. This isn't about agreeing with
you on issues. This is about getting you to victory."
Keith returns to Lisa's
room to let her down easy. Guess that makes her job
easy. Lisa lets her in on the good news, and we have our
second ticket. And Park chooses Jim. The tickets are
set. Onto The Dennis Miller Show!
On same-sex marriage:
On the death penalty:
Gillespie/Strock: for in the case of premeditative
Lazu/Boykin: against, citing fair decisions and class
On the war in Iraq:
Gillespie/Strock: "Appeasement doesn't work."
Lazu/Boykin: believes we were led unjustly and lack an
On the Patriot Act:
Gillespie/Strock: cites judicial oversight
Lazu/Boykin: thinks that we "bit our nose to spite our
After the final sumups,
it's time to vote. Two hours later, or one week later,
in our case, we'll have the result, as two more will
advance to the final stage in competition.