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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Clinton-Obama, the Bickersons Ticket

The Democrat sitcom had a rocky week. Starting with the YouTube dustup, Hillary and Barack did several rounds of Alice and Ralph Kramden. Then the week's episode ended with a crowd-pleasing to-do about the lady of the house’s cleavage.

Family brawls are good theater but, if the protagonists are going to wind up together as the perfect ticket, they may have to tone down the hostility. Fist-shaking and “To the moon, Alice!” are good for a few laughs, but the Republican clowns, who are shying away from The Tube, are hoping the Clinton-Obama show will take a dive in the ratings.

Judging from the pilot episode, they may have a point. The lovey-doveyness of the early TV debates was a little boring, but the audience laps up close families. Think “The Waltons” and “Little House on the Prairie” before the script writers get carried away with punch lines.

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