Sounds like a reasonable position


Reykjavik just elected a comedian to be its mayor. Jon Gnarr is the head of the Best Party, which took just over a third of the vote in the recent elections, which means they control 6 of the City Council’s 15 seats. The Best Party has to form a coalition in order to govern, but Gnarr has one important requirement. “With his party having won 6 of the City Council’s 15 seats, Mr. Gnarr needed a coalition partner, but ruled out any party whose members had not seen all five seasons of “’The Wire.’”

So if you were deciding who to vote for based on their taste in television, which show would you require a politician watch in order to receive your vote? (I assume that a knowledge of “The Wire” is required just to be in the running.)

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →