More Americans watched our favorite reality show about people who give their infants Code Red Mountain DewHere Comes Honey Boo Boo on Wednesday night than the Republican National Convention. This is why we can’t have nice things America! If you focus more on Mama June Thompson and her cheezeball addicted offspring instead of who you want to vote for in the upcoming election than shame on you!

According to Nielsen overnight ratings, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo had nearly 3 million viewers turning in for the fourth episode, and those of us who tuned in for the Republican National Convention last night got to see Clint Eastwood. Berate a chair. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Clint and all , but that unscripted bit of weirdness just came off as sort of… awkward. If you caught Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Wednesday night instead of Condoleezza Rice discussing education  then you got to see Mama June’s “forklift foot” at a water park. And Honey Boo Boo have a spray tanning disaster and perform as Elvis routine at a rock and roll pageant. Why are there gnats flying around June’s foot? Why didn’t we get to see a Ronald Reagan hologram at the RNC? Why do we care more about Here Comes Honey Boo Boo than politics?

As much as I root for the trashy Thompson family of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the fact that  more Americans watched this show than the RNC bums me out to no end. This is the future of our country, which I think is much more important than a forklift foot. Maybe people in this country find the Boo Boos more interesting than Paul Ryan, but I don’t see Honey Boo Boo running for president  or vice president any time in the future. Not because I don’t think a person with a go-go juice and cheezeball addicted past can run for office, but because Honey Boo Boo just doesn’t seem to be interested in a future in politics.

(Photo: Anthony Monterotti, PacificCoastNews.com)