The California recall may seem like a wild circus with actors, porn stars and various lunatics joining the race to become the next govrnor, but all in all California is not a bad place to live and has been governed reasonably well over the past years. California works even if it makes the rest of the world laugh and the rest of the world tends to adopt the stuff from California after they finished laughing.
Big Brother, the television series, was a Dutch invention of course and I feel it is time to merge Big Brother and the political circus. Imagine a TV show where the contestants are filmed day and night, while doing various tasks. The contestants are candidate politicians and the tasks are related with politics. It would be amusing and it would also be a great way to learn more about the politicians. Media training keeps those naste tempers hidden for only so long.
I think you do learn more about people in a Big Brother kind of setting. Don't we need to know as much as possible from our leaders to be? It would also be a nice compromise between the European solution where political parties get some tv time where they make very boring documentaries and the American where political parties buy prime time slots to broadcast sound bites.