Welcome to Presidential Madness 2012 Round One. Just like the real NCAA March Madness, our field of 32 fictional presidents will be squaring off daily to see who will advance and ultimately be crowned best fit as President of the United States. In a series of polls, we’ll answer the age-old question: does life imitate art more than art imitates life? You will decide.
Follow the entire process and download your own bracket on our Presidential Madness page. To the first matchups!
Alison Taylor from “24” (2001-2010) vs. David Palmer from "24” (2001-2010)
Alison Taylor (played by Cherry Jones)
One of many presidents to be saved by "24's" hero Jack Bauer, President Taylor is an idealistic president who holds the office over several seasons of the show. Taylor is the nation's first female president who suffers great personal losses because of her tough stances on terrorism. However, she was eventually implicit in a coverup of Russian involvement in the assassination of a foreign leader. Read more about her character here.
David Palmer (played by Dennis Haysbert)
An ally to Jack Bauer's counter-terrorism efforts, Palmer was a college basketball star and was known for making tough choices quickly. Over the course of the show he foiled a nuclear bomb plot, survives an assassination attempt and tips Bauer off when the Secret Service is sent to kill him.
The President from “Wag the Dog” (1997) vs. Mackenzie Allen from "Commander in Chief” (2005-2006)
"The President" (played by Michael Belson)
After being caught making out with an underage girl weeks before reelection, the President hopes to distract the public by launching a fake war against Albania. The president is subsequently reelected, though rarely shown in the movie.
Mackenzie Allen (played by Geena Davis)
Mackenzie Allen becomes president after her running mate has a stroke. Allen refuses to listen to calls for her to step down as many believe she was chosen for "cosmetic" reasons. Only lasting one season, Allen must constantly fight against her cabinet and much of Washington to see her visions through.
Andrew Boone from “Swing Vote” (2008) vs. Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell from "Dave” (1993)
Andrew Boone (played by Kelsey Grammar)
In Swing Vote the general election has come down to Bud Johnson's single vote and incumbent Andrew Boone must convince that voter that he's the right choice. A true flip-flopper, Boone and his campaign repeatedly switch positions to align with the Johnson.
Dave Kovic/Bill Mitchell (played by Kevin Kline)
Presidential look-alike Dave Kovic is forced to "play" the president after the real commander in chief falls into a coma. Instead of becoming a puppet, Kovic's enthusiasm raises Mitchell's approval ratings. Kovic then hurries to balance the budget, find funding for a homeless shelter and pass a jobs bill.
President Beck from "Deep Impact" (1998) vs. Thomas Whitman from "Independence Day" (1996)
President Beck (played by Morgan Freeman)
As a doomsday asteroid hurls towards Earth, President Beck enacts a plan to save the human race by building a series of shelters or "arks" where he welcomes top scientists and doctors while holding a lottery for the common man. After a plan to deflect the asteroid succeeds, Beck must focus on rebuilding a tsunami-ravaged East Coast.
Thomas Whitmore (played by Bill Pullman)
A former jet pilot in the Gulf War, Thomas Whitmore helps rally the world's Air Force as aliens threaten to wipe humanity off the map. Though hesitating to counter attack at first, Whitmore eventually authorizes a long-shot plan to defeat the aliens as they move to attack the secret base where he and much of the U.S. government is housed. Here he motivates the survivors before the last-ditch attack.
Return to Constitution Daily this weekend for a new round of voting, and keep track of the tournament competition on our Presidential Madness page.