Hey all you Blogging Blue readers. I was just sitting around the other day and suddenly got this great idea for a dramatic TV series, so I thought I’d run it by all of you to sort of ” workshop ” it as they say in the writing game. Here’s a synopsis of the first three seasons.
The story centers around a young man, Mick Taint, who’s a politically progressive, late twenty something politico living in the capitol city of a purple Midwestern state. After a few years of involvement in a handful of issue campaigns and some electoral work Taint is well positioned when an extremely popular presidential candidate captivates the nation and comes to power. In the heady months after the election he becomes the state chairman of the Democratic Party and brings on board a host of young, fresh faced folks who, along with the popular new president, are expected by party regulars to usher in a new era of progressivism both statewide and across the nation.
But things go quickly wrong. Blinded by hubris and a stubborn determination to resist input from grassroots progressive activists, Taint and his staff insulate themselves within the euphoric bubble created by the popular president’s legion of supporters and never see the conservative backlash coming. Consequently, the next mid-term election cycle hands the entire state government back to malevolent and marauding conservative forces led by a governor who is the puppet of Libertarian billionaires. The new governor’s policies trigger a series of recall elections and general uproar the likes of which few have ever seen.
Up to his political ass in zombie alligators, Taint suffers one loss after the next as his career ambitions start to fade, and is given only a slight reprieve when he jumps on the coat tails of the popular presidents successful re-election campaign, which results, yet again, in Taint’s re-election as state party chair. But the faint “victory by association” for Taint is fleeting.
Faced with a likely set of losses in yet another midterm election which could well end his career, Taint has a decision to make. Will he hold true to the progressive values of his youth and attempt to rally his people toward a stunning upset over the billionaire owned governor, or will he put career considerations first? In an agonizing moment he chooses the latter and hatches a diabolical plan.
Quietly, and out of view, he and his cohorts coax a multi-millionaire and very politically moderate tricycle heiress into running for governor, fully aware that the outcry from progressives around the state will be loud and long. The heiress loses the election in a landslide as Taint publicly blames the loss on progressives whom he has repeatedly accused of dividing the party. The first three seasons come to an end when he’s offered a very nice six figure job in Washington DC by party bosses who like his savvy and style.
That’s it! Thoughts, anyone? I think it’s absolutely bursting with dramatic possibilities!
Now if only I could think of a catchy title. 🙂