WTF: My Picks for Vice Presidents

Harry Lennix and Michael Hogan would be the best picks for VP running mates

It is not often that I delve into politics on this site. After all, I assume people read my stuff because they want to hear what I have to say about movies, not about who will make the best president. You see… I do know how to keep my mouth shut at times.

However, a recent article on Film School Rejects caught my eye: Ten Cinematic Running Mates for McCain and Obama. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I suggest that you do. It’s a spot-on list of fictional VP suggestions compiled by David Hartman and Cole Abaius. They suggest everyone from Harvey “Two Face” Dent to Kermit the Frog, and I challenge anyone to say these wouldn’t be great choices.

Of course, the top politicos of the day from the Obama and McCain camps have chosen to ignore the brilliant minds on this site. Big surprise.

However, after seeing my cheddar-sharp logic that follows, I imagine that John McCain and Barack Obama will stampede to Hollywood to pick up the following running mates…

For John McCain, I choose Harry Lennix. You may not know him by name, but chances are you have seen him around. He played a counter-terrorist in the most recent season of “24,” and he even spent some time in the White House (albeit a fake one) as the Chief of Staff to Geena Davis in “Commander in Chief.” In that sense, he has more White House experience than Barack Obama (or McCain himself, for that matter).

For the big O, I choose Michael Hogan. Again, he’s not known by name, but sci-fi fans the world over recognizes his stern mug as Colonel Saul Tigh from “Battlestar Galactica.” This human patriot turned out to be a Cylon, and now he’s a lose cannon. Who says we couldn’t use a Cylon one heartbeat away from the presidency? And with Tigh’s position on Galactica, so close to President Laura Roslin, this also gives him more White House experience than McCain or his own potential running mate.

Like Hyde from “That 70s Show,” I make these suggestions because of their humor potential, not necessarily political reasons. If you haven’t noticed, Harry Lennix is a dead ringer for Obama, and Michael Hogan is a dead ringer for McCain. At the very least, these running mates could confuse enough casual voters that it might steal some numbers for the other side.

Hell, it’s an election year. Anything’s worth a shot.

Okay, now that I’ve said my piece, it’s the readers’ turn. Now’s your chance to yell my famous line at the ridiculous suggestions I’ve given in this article. (Though, consider yourself lucky… it was either my veep choices or something about Paris Hilton this week.)

So, as I wrap this up, I invite you all to say aloud…

What the fuck?


Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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