HBO’s ‘Veep’ disappoints, but Ferrell-Galifianakis’ ‘Campaign’ looks promising



Like me, Mark Schmitt is disappointed by HBO’s “Veep”:

[Director Armando Iannucci’s characters have] won elections, been given some formal power, even if it’s just a tie-breaking vote in the Senate. They vaguely want to use that power for some good—clean energy or education. But the actual ability to use or claim power continually eludes them. Where Veep falls short, then, is only in Louis-Dreyfuss’s smiling indifference to that fate.

Meanwhile, Alyssa Rosenberg is looking forward to the latest from Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis:

It’s all there: the John Edwards-like obsession with looks, the conviction that the candidate must be at the center of attention even in the aftermath of his own gaffe (or, okay, baby-punching), the pablum of pander. To my knowledge, no existing American politician has declared that “Filipino Tilt-a-Whirl Operators are this nation’s backbone,” but I eagerly await the day when one does.