I was informed this morning the television show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" drew more ratings Thursday night than the Republican National Convention.
I'm not sure what to make of this revelation.
In case you aren't familiar with Honey Boo Boo, it's about this very southern family, most of whom talk like "Boomhauer" of King of the Hill fame.
Now I did make an attempt to watch this show one time, but it was to no avail. I can take Hillbilly Hand Fishin' and some of those other silly shows where rednecks travel to exotic locations simply to make fools of themselves — and collect handsome paychecks from television networks. (They aren't stupid, you know!)
But to learn that this particular show drew more ratings than the GOP convention, now that's some news!
Why would this be?
It could be the excitement factor, I suppose. Let's face it, Mitt Romney makes Al Gore seem like "Weird Al."
Someone once said Romney was like "human clip art." In this business, that's a hilarious comparison.
Yet even with those circumstances, this man is being nominated to run for President and he has a realistic shot of winning the election. You would think that would make some people at least want to hear what the man has to say.
I'm thinking he should learn how to speak Boomhauer if he wants to draw a bigger audience. Some say he talks out of both sides of his mouth anyway, so what could it hurt?
We all should face the fact that conventions, well, they are pretty dull. Both the Republicans and Democrats continue with this boring tradition and try to keep the old ways alive.
People these days don't care about a bunch of people standing around with state signs all over the floor while politicians drone on about how they are going to save society. We all know it's bogus.
They should try to liven things up a bit.
Imagine if the person who introduced Romney was Lady Gaga. Now there's some excitement.
You would get young people by the millions tuning in to see if she was wearing some kind of meat bra. Ratings would soar, yet they could still get out the message. And just think of the gay rights votes he would get by having her on stage!
Clint Eastwood might be a great guy, but doesn't he seem to be getting up there in years? I seriously doubt the young people in this country stopped everything and watched Eastwood talk to an empty chair. Seems like more of a Steve Martin routine to me, anyway.
Page 2 of 2 - And don't think this is limited to the Republican convention. We're going to see the same boring stuff next week when the Democrats gather in Charlotte.
Granted, President Obama is a much better public speaker than Romney, however, it's still going to drone on and on with very little excitement.
They, too, need to think long and hard about presentation.
The bottom line here is these tired old political parties with the tired old men in smoke filled rooms just don't get it. They are holding on to a tradition which has gone the way of the dinosaurs.
It amazes me how politicians always talk about changing the ways of the system in Washington, yet they can't think outside the box enough to change their own gatherings.
Little is managing editor of The Wayne Independent and can be reached at email@example.com.