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World’s First Political Entertainment Network Premeirs This Fall

Bookmark and Share   Few have probably heard of Zolitics.com but if you are political insider or junkie like me, pretty soon it will become a tab in your favorites tool bar.

zolitics_logoIn a unique demonstration of political bipartisanship renowned Republican consultant John Brabender, former McCain advisor Leslie Gromis-Baker, Democrat strategist Tad Devine and ex-Bush White House confidant Sara Taylor have joined forces to create a cyber network that is completely devoted to politics….the humorous side of it.

According to Tad Devine in an interview in Politics Magazine, “being a political consultant, you have a lot of time in the off years, when you’re not working 24 hours a day”. According to him, Zolitics.com was a “good way to spend a chunk of time and show people the mechanics of elections.”   And so a few consultants with time on their hands have begun Zolitics.com, the first “Political Entertainment Network”.  Among other things, Zolitics.com will feature a number of ongoing webisodes that so far include such series aszoliticsmovingnumbersMoving Numbers” which is a ongoing 12 part saga of a dysfunctional U.S. Senate campaign in Pennsylvania.

Moving Numbers gives a hilarious glimpse at the real world, behind the scenes challenges and traumas that confront high profile campaigns for elected office. This series will include some real life politicians and political operatives including Democrat strategist Bob Shrum and pollster Frank Luntz.

If you like reality television Zolitics has “Scoops”, which features political reporters and the real story behind the smiling faces that deliver us the news after dealing with the often messy and chaotic conditions that go into the coverage of politics and political campaigns. Scoops features amateur journalists who compete for the delivering of real news stories.

zoliticsmyamericaOther series aired only on Zolitics include “My America”. This compilation puts accomplished and devout liberals and conservatives together on cross country road trips as each of these political polar opposites introduce each other to their conservative and liberal lifestyles that they live.

The first episode of My America will star former Pennsylvania conservative senator Rick Santorum who is a contributor to FOX News and former Al Gore Campaign Manager, Clinton administration official and Democrat strategist Donna Brazille, a CNN contributor.

The fourth ongoing Zolitics.com series is “Look Who’s Coming To Dinnerzoliticsdinner

This program is co-produced with Politics Magazine and it takes viewers to the trendy, upscale restaurants that the political establishment and its players haunt.

The show allows the audience to eavesdrop in on the dinner conversations of many of our nations political power players as they dine in some D.C.’s finest restaurants and political meeting spots.  It’s entitled “Political Rehab” and it features political figures who have fallen from grace and are trying to make a comeback.  I can see it now.  Larry Craig and Rod Blagojevich commiserating over lobster tails and cocktails as they try to justify or explain away their conduct and plan their next runs for office.

Zolitics, The Political Entertainment Network, currently only exists on the internet but talks have begun to turn it into a cable network or network broadcast.

All I know is, for me the only television I watch consists of viewing that is limited and devoted to specialty channels like C-Span, cable news, The History Channel and Animal Planet.

OK, and sometimes the Food Network.

Specialty stations have become quite successful within niche markets they serve and so I think The Political Entertainment Network stands a good chance at making the jump from the web to television.

As the creator and author of a blog called POLITICS 24/7, a twenty four seven political entertainment network is right up my alley. And I am probably not alone. Many of you who are reading this would probably find yourself flicking to that channel more often than not.

So prepare yourself for the coming of network that combines Saturday Night Live with The West Wing and intermingles  Meet The Press with Real Houswives of New York.    

Visit Zolitics.com and get a sneak peak of what their Fall launch lineup is like.

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IT’S A SAKI ECONOMY FOR THE JAPANESE TOO

Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa

Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa

Bookmark and Share     Proof that the United States is not alone in a struggle for economic leadership was made quite evident today in Japan.

The already unstable government of Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso just took another hit and it is one that does not add to any sense of economic security.

Aso’s Finance Minister, Shoichi Nakagawa resigned today after apologizing for attending a string of seven news conferences while drunk.

A series of scandals and accusations and a plummeting popularity rating ,due to Prime Minister Aso’s mismanagement of the Japanese economy, has brought him and his ruling “Liberal Democratic Party” under fire and to the point of no public confidence.

Oddly, the resignation of Aso’s drunk Finance Minister coincided with a press conference by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who has made Japan the first stop on her first foreign mission.

What a welcome that must have been.

According to some insiders, the resignation could be the straw that breaks the back of the LDP and cause it to crumble. That could also give need for Secretary Clinton to do this trip over again, when she can discuss things with Japanese leaders who will be sober and in control of the Japanese government.

In any event, the fate of disgraced Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa is still up in the air. Some have suggested that the drunken antics which have led to his resignation from the Japanese government, might make him a perfectly suitable replacement for ailing Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy when and if he ever retires.

Others have suggested that since he is now available, Nakagawa’s government experience and impeccably clean tax record could make him the perfect person to nominate for the hard to fill, vacant Commerce Secretary spot that still exists in the Obama administration. What a better way to demonstrate our free trade desires than by having an Asian commerce secretary oversee our markets?

However; sources close to WordPress.com believe that although Nakagawa’s future fortune does lie in the United States, it is not in government employment that he will find it.

Apparently, Nakegawa will be signed onto a two year contract with a new American reality television show that will be produced by and aired on C-Span. The show is called Political Rehab and it will feature an array of political leaders, each of which are trying to deal with their political afterlives while coping with various addictions and fetishes.

The show will take place in Washington, D.C.’s trendy Georgetown section where the political rehabilitants will live together for eight weeks in a three story brownstone. Producers of the program say the show will “take us through the lives of everyday politicians who have fallen from grace and out of power and are struggling to find their place in the world while also coping with the problems that brought them down and out of power”

The shows creators promise that Political Rehab will be an emotional journey, jam packed with the intensity and passion of politics along with twists born of the human frailties and addictions that all people bring to the table.

Currently, producers are still negotiating contracts with a list of stars that include former Congresswoman and Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney , impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich, former Senator Larry Craig as well as former Governors Elliot Spitzer of New York and Jim McGreevey of New Jersey. Word is that former President Bill Clinton has already been signed on but arrangements regarding where Cynthia McKinney can safely sleep without fear of Mr. Clinton are still being worked out.

The show’s producers stated that the addition of Nakagawa and his drinking problem is just what they were looking for in order to round out the other addictions being dealt with on the show such as sex and violence.

So it is nice to know that when one door closes another one can in fact open, and after Nakegawa’s resignation in Japan, it is nice to know that not everything applies to the phrase “only in America”.

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