Now Arlen Specter is Getting a TV Show
You just knew that comedy routine was an audition for something else, right? Turns out, former Pennsylvania Republicrat Senator Arlen Specter is filming the pilot for a television show that’ll begin airing Friday night on Maryland public television. The eventual goal, so they say, is to bring the show to a national audience.
According to The Associated Press, Specter and the show’s executive producer, Craig Snyder, believe there’s a void in political news. It’s nearly impossible, they say, to find people on TV talking about politics without a “slant.” And being that the former Senator has been a member of both parties, he’s the most un-slantiest of them all! Or, he at least can draw upon both sides of an issue, no?
“This is a show about letting the best arguments be heard on the different sides of issues and letting the people who are watching make up their own mind,” said Snyder, a former top aide to Specter. “What’s distinctive about it is it’s not people shouting at each other … and it’s not short sound bites and bumper stickers.
“ No additional episodes have been shot, but the intent is to create an occasional series, said a Maryland Public Television spokeswoman, Faith Wachter.
Imagine that: A political talk show without people screaming? The first episode, which has been shot, is about campaign finance. Particularly the Citizens United v. FEC case from 2010, in which the Supreme Court hilariously declared that corporations are essentially people and should therefore be able to donate a ton of money into campaigns for elected government positions. Specter has been critical of the decision.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney buffooningly told an Iowa audience last summer that the decision was A-OK. Although, if you want to see some of that decision in action, look no further than “When Mitt Romney Came to Town.”
And for a look at the potential humor of the show, turn your volume up (sound quality is very meh) and check out this video of Arlen Specter at the Helium Comedy Club: