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Andy Cohen’s surprisingly astute Real Housewives-candidate analogies

Andy Cohen’s surprisingly astute Real Housewives-candidate analogies
Andy Cohen on the set of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Bravo)

Bravo’s Andy Cohen used his appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night to discuss politics, and ended up comparing the candidates to stars of The Real Housewives. This was, surprisingly, a pretty good way of explaining what’s happening. 

Also of note: During the aftershow conversation, and said that The Real Housewives of Potomac wasn’t something they were looking to do since “the Salahis torpedoed The Real Housewives of DC.”

That’s especially true of Donald Trump, who is as baffling as a candidate as he was as star and chief decision-maker on The Apprentice. Here’s how Andy Cohen explained Trump:

“I’ve been watching Donald Trump—who came, obviously, from a reality show. He reminds me of a first-season Orange County housewife. I know you may not be familiar with the show, but he really does. Because:

  • They have delusions about their place in the world.
  • They will say anything—they will say any damn thing and there aren’t always repercussions.
  • And there’s a weird phenomenon, season one, where they’re on the show and they haven’t totally figured their makeup out. And then the see themselves, and then they’re like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve gotta adjust it.’ But he keeps getting oranger.

He’s still in season one of the show. I can’t stop! And the debates are a whole ‘nother thing.”

Considering that the media can’t figure out how to deal with Trump when he says irrational, untrue things, maybe thinking of him as a Housewives star might make that interaction easier?

Andy Cohen: presidential debate moderator?

Andy Cohen went on to offer his services as a moderator for the debates, and though I was once critical of his abilities to manage the room and ask salient questions, he’s grown as a moderator and would do much better than some of those who’ve moderated actual debates this primary season.

Here’s what Andy said about the debates:

“They remind me of Housewives reunion shows—which I moderate. … I keep waiting for the Republicans to say, ‘You know what? Let’s just let Andy do this because he knows the turf.’ They’re all trying to interrupt each other.”

Finally, he compared Hillary Clinton to The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, who’s currently in prison. The comparison didn’t seem to make much sense, but Andy ended up making a great point:

“Hillary, I thought, was really interesting on the Democratic debate last week where she had that kind of tirade about Wall Street and 9/11. It was her kind of table-flip moment, if I can make an analogy to Teresa Giudice.

It was a big moment for her, but if you actually listen to Teresa Giudice when she flipped the table, what she said didn’t really make much sense. And I think that was kind of the same as Hillary, but it was such a good moment. I was like, ‘Oh yeah, go Hillary.'”

Later, Andy said, “We are all are so hungry for emotion and realness from these candidates.” That’s true of both our politicians and our reality stars, but at least there’s less consequence with reality show cast members.

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