Alicia Menendez: Haven't We Seen This Election Before?

Alicia Menendez pointed out Thursday that with remakes of “Dirty Dancing” and “Roadhouse” in the pipeline, it’s hard not to conclude Hollywood is running out of ideas. But the Fusion host went on to note that Washington doesn’t seem to have much more imagination.

“There are too many established storylines for the studio to simply reinvent these characters,” Menendez said on her show, “Come Here And Say That.” “There’s a two-term president in office. Clearly the 2016 election will have something new to offer us -- right?”

Not this week, at least. Veteran GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced on Wednesday that he was running again, and former New York Gov. George Pataki, who’s been threatening a run for more than a decade, also joined the crowded Republican fray. And the coming days won't be much better, with a slew of Republicans set to jump in. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) is scheduled to make his presidential announcement on Monday. Three days after that, it’s former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s turn in Dallas. And by mid-June, Donald Trump is scheduled to announce … something.

But as Menendez pointed out, “while those guys might be the cult classics getting a remake in Imax, Democrats can certainly claim the most obvious summer reboot” with front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Gabriel Arana is senior media editor at The Huffington Post.