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Creepy Street

Watched K Street last night. I found it a tad disturbing. Mary Matalin and Jim Carville are out of government at the moment–kinda–so that’s one thing, and I certainly don’t begrudge them participating in an interesting Hollywood project, and making a little money. But as people who take politics seriously, I am a little surprised they’re doing it. Matalin and Carville play themselves fictionally in K Street. As did Rick Santorum and Don Nickles last night; as did presidential wannabe Howard Dean. Americans already don’t really take everything that happens in Washington too seriously–the likes of K Street don’t help matters. When people learn that a man who is a serious contender for the presidency was fed one of his most memorable debate lines while playing himself being coached for a real-life debate by real ex-Clinton advisers during the course of a fictional drama…besides being a tad confusing, I doubt it’s a great moment for the Beltway. At the end of the day, it’s probably not a huge deal: It’s on after 10 on Sunday night on HBO. Odds are it has a limited audience anyway. I don’t mean to take the whole thing too seriously, so forgive me if I am, but I’ll take Clintonite-fantasy West Wing over K-Street.

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