Al Franken's ascendancy to the Senate has got me thinking. I have a thought - in place of elections lets just create a reality TV series called 'Americas Next Top Real Survivor of the Amazing Congressional Race'. Sponsorship advertising revenues go to the US general fund. Each candidate has to live in the House of Representatives for 4 months, eat dinner with the other candidates, argue, and room with the rest while cameras follow them everywhere capturing all the reality. We start with an eclectic mix of Dems, repubs, anarchists, libertarians, etc. They participate in a made up series of challenges that kind of reflect things that a representative might be expected to master: a three legged race with a lobbiest, impromto back peddling on a tandem bike teamed with a reporter, a 30 minute speech about absolutely nothing, long distance mudslinging, standup fillibustering, brothel geocaching in foreign lands, and creative infidelity, to name a few. Viewers get to vote off the ones they don't like or who aren't entertaining enough. The winner takes a seat in Congress... Maybe it's not different enough from our current primary system.