I must confess that over the last two weeks of this particularly unhinged election cycle, despite the brief mental refreshment I experienced at the Restoring Sanity Rally on Saturday, I have once again begun to suss out suitable caves in the Northwest Territories of Canada to which I can retire and be free from the intellectual and moral potato sack sprint to the bottom that is our national political conversation. From Joe Miller’s goons handcuffing reporters to Sharron Angle refusing to speak to the press until after she wins the Senate seat to ABC’s hire of noted race-baiter Andrew Breitbart to provide election night analysis, all I can think is: If this is the tenor of the midterms, what fresh hell will the 2012 race be?
And then I read this:
WASHINGTON — The administration’s last-minute push to turn out the vote is spurring some unconventional media outreach efforts. But none of them have been quite as unlikely as that announced on Monday — President Obama will be doing an interview with Ryan Seacrest.
The “American Idol” co-host will be talking to Obama on Election Day for a segment on his radio show, ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest.’
Yes, you read that right: Ryan Seacrest. Host of “American Idol”, where, back in 2006, more Americans cast their votes for Taylor Hicks than had been cast for President Reagan in the presidential election of 1984. Seacrest plans to crowd-source the interview using his Facebook page as a bulletin board upon which the electorate can pose questions to the President.
The argument goes that Obama wants to reach out to a demographic that wouldn’t ordinarily vote in midterm elections unless the candidates performed screeching, off-key covers of Whitney Houston songs. Wasn’t it just last week that the media was slamming Obama for “demeaning” the office of the President of the United States by appearing on The Daily Show? I can’t wait to hear what the pearl-clutchers in the media have to say about this latest GOTV effort by the President.
No, wait. I can.
If anyone’s looking for me, I’ll be pricing cave — and bear — insulation over at Home Depot.