The TV writers have been on strike, but I haven't missed them. That's because the most compelling reality show ever is playing itself out in a long-running series. It's called "Presidential Primaries" where in American elections an African-American has pulled ahead of a crown princess and a war hero has risen from the dead to beat the rich, famous, and evangelistic.
When I was a boy, I read Convention by Knebel and Bailey and The 480 by Eugene Burdick, both about presidential contests. Although I almost always prefer the written word to what I see on the screen, the current, ongoing reality show surpasses even my memories (from an impressionable age) of those two books in drama, pathos, arrogance, earnestness, and human failings.
I wonder if the sequel, called "General Election" and coming this fall, will be as compelling.