Thursday, 9 April 2009

Life imitating art

"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." So said Oscar Wilde.

He might have a point.

When I read this story about a small town in Missouri electing a a new mayor a couple of weeks after he died, I couldn't help but think of this episode of The West Wing where Will Bailey guides a Democrat to victory in the notoriously Republican California 47th despite the candidate dying several weeks before the election.

Of course The West Wing is pretty accurate representation of real life prior to the event: The Season 7 Presidential Election bears an uncanny resemblance to the 2008 US Presidential election is a number of ways.

Maybe it's just good writing. Or maybe politics has become predictable.

Nah, must be the first one...


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