What’s crazier than a reality show with hot babes competing to survive on a deserted island? A reality show starring two rival U.S. senators from opposite sides of the aisle cooperating to survive on a deserted island. And rumor has it, they pitched the show themselves.
The Albuquerque Journal reports rival U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have pioneered an entirely new way for lawmakers from opposing parties to reach across the aisle. They’re starring in Rival Survival, a new, single-episode Discovery Channel reality show, which they filmed in August over the course of six days — during the Congressional recess. The show is scheduled to air on October 29th at 10 p.m. EST.
[They] spent a week together last month on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as co-stars of a Survivor-type reality television show being filmed for the Discovery Channel. In the process, the two telegenic freshmen managed to spear fish, find water and build shelter – and live to tell about it.
The Discovery Channel adds:
Polar opposites and often at odds in the Senate, these two men must come together to take on the island of Eru, Marshall Islands, an utterly unforgiving deserted destination where the reefs alone are fraught with dangers that include venomous stone fish, lion fish and scorpion fish.
Senator Heinrich advocates liberal policies on the environment, education, health care and social security, while Senator Flake is a staunch anti-choice conservative.
Yet both are avid outdoorsmen accustomed to living in harsh environments: Washington D.C. abounds with sharks and venomous creatures, and the parched deserts of Heinrich’s and Flake’s home states are not always so welcoming either.
Senators Henrich and Flake: “If you want to survive, you have to work together.”
But — Yay! — the senators qualify as reasonable and bipartisan because they won’t allow one another to die of thirst or deadly insect venom. But will Flake ever turn on his generous benefactors, the Koch brothers, to truly approach the issues that besiege our nation in a bipartisan spirit of can-do compromise, so we can actually get something done? Probably not.
If our nation’s lawmakers insist on doing the reality show circuit, this writer would prefer to see them on a more realistic kind of reality show: Like, one where the two senators must team up to help one another survive in Washington D.C. without a car and while surviving in a homeless shelter on food stamps. And yes, during that summer recess, they’ll need to take drug tests while receiving unemployment benefits, and will have to constantly prove they’re actively looking for work. We’d love to see how they manage feed themselves, get to work on time, and keep their suits all spiffy.
Nonetheless, Rival Survival is a fun idea and definitely takes a step in the right direction. Heinrich and Flake said, in a joint statement:
“Both of us know just how frustrated people are with Washington right now. We can both attest that no one is more frustrated than those of us trying to get things done in this environment. We recognize how difficult it can be to cut through the partisanship. So we decided to do something completely out of the ordinary and frankly a little extreme to show the world and our colleagues that even if you have serious differences, if you want to survive you have to work together.”
Fox goes negative on senators’ reality show.
Of course, Fox was the first to jump on the anti-bipartisan bandwagon. Fox Money host Melissa Francis invited two guests to help her heap piles of acrimonious scorn upon Senators Heinrich’s and Flake’s unconventional effort towards fomenting bipartisanship.
Fox News contributor Jonathan Hoenig sneered:
“You know, the country is a mess! If they’re going to spend time on a reality show and not addressing the country’s problems… it’s abysmal.”
The Wall Street Journal‘s Veronica Dagher adds:
“If I was one of the tax payers living in one of these districts, I would not be happy. I think it’s a waste of time.
Watch the folks from Fox Money with Melissa Francis tear down our senators’ new reality show
h/t Liberal America.