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August 10, 2015

National Law Journal

By: Jerry H. Goldfeder

It seems as if there is a new presidential candidate every week, leaving us bemused, perplexed, concerned or a little bit of each. So let's take a few minutes off. I invite you to muse about the process by tuning into HBO's wildly popular show, "Veep."

At the end of Season 4 earlier this summer, the wacky and irrepressible TV President Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is on the verge of being elected president in her own right. For those who are new to the series, here is a thumbnail: Selina ran for president in Season 1, tanked in the polls and joined the ticket as vice president; the incumbent resigned in Season 3 and she unexpectedly became president; in Season 4, Selina runs for the top job. Season 4's finale was Election Night. Selina and her opponent tie. Each has 269 electoral college votes, just missing the magic number of 270. No one wins.

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