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Capitol Hill-arious: Joe Biden as reality TV star?

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  • The pitch: A C-SPAN show featuring VP Joe Biden
  • Petition posted on White House website proposes a show starring Veep going about his day -- the lighter side of politics
Does Joe Biden have what it takes for reality TV stardom?

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Move over, Snooki and the Kardashians! There may be a new reality TV star in town. 

He is Joe Biden, the vice president.

No, seriously! Some people have petitioned the White House to help create a C-SPAN show that would have Biden as its central figure.

The petition that’s posted on the White House “We The People” website says the idea is to show us the VP's average day at work. In other words, we would see him interacting with other government officials, meeting foreign dignitaries and talking to average folks.

The whole point would be to educate us about the vice president’s duties and responsibilities -- and to show us the lighter side of politics.

But would it work?

Based on his track record, Biden may have what it takes for a reality TV stardom.

First, he is a gaffe machine that never stops giving. Just remember him dropping the F-bomb during the health care bill signing ceremony; or asking a wheelchair-bound state senator to stand up in a campaign speech; or mourning an Irish prime minister’s very-much-alive mother; or saying that you can’t go to 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts in Delaware if you don’t have an Indian accent. The list is quite long.

Second, Biden already has some TV comedy work under his belt. He made an appearance on NBC’s show “Parks and Recreation” in November. He managed to pull off a fairly funny scene, playing himself while meeting show character Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). He was also a guest on late-night comedy shows multiple times.

Third, Biden is abundant in the ultimate must-have reality TV talent: the drama.

He is known for his dramatic appearances on the campaign trail. He would often nickname himself “Middle Class Joe” while he was pulling them off.

And let’s not forget, the man also has the looks. His Hollywood smile wouldn’t hurt on any reality-type program.

However, it seems not everyone is in love with Biden’s star power. A recent NBC/ORC International poll gave him a 54% approval rating. And 40% of respondents disapproved of the way he handles his job.

There’s no word so far from the White House about the petition. But the administration will have to respond if at least 25,000 people sign it on its website. At the time of this writing, there are about 1,700 signatures.

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