In the midst of this election season, this history teacher/pop culture junkie would like to share with you her top 5 favorite TV politicians of all time.
5. Selina Meyer of Veep. This woman is fantastic. I mean, yes. She’s kind of inept. Hilariously so. But she’s passionate and hysterical, and whenever I am dreading real-life politics, she is a train wreck that I can always watch and cheer myself up.
4. Tim Calhoun from Saturday Night Live. I feel like no one really remembers this wonderful Will Forte character, but I do. He was the epitome of someone who should NOT be running for politics, but he made me laugh the whole way. (Watch a clip. It’s amazingly funny!)
3. Adam West in Family Guy. Hmmm, am I sensing a pattern here? (I might like my funny, do-nothing politicians on screen, but not in real life, I promise!) Adam West in Family Guy has just enough detachment from the world to make him still a lovable, if bumbling, mayor. It helps that he’s Batman.
2. Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. Who doesn’t love Leslie? She’s smart, ambitious, caring, and fun. I rooted for her on that show from Day One. I loved that she was a hard-worker and wasn’t ashamed of it. She was stressed, yeah, but she loved her life. I see a lot of myself in her.
1.Josiah Bartlet from The West Wing. No one will ever top him in my book. I know he’s an ideal, someone who would never be real. But he gave me such hope. He was smart and levelheaded and always put the country first. I wish he was real, I wish it so much, especially now.