In this case, the skill to make people laugh is electorally more valuable than the Professor's economics expertise. The problem is that Eko, in comparison to Didiek, maybe way more familiar to the voters in general. Although Didiek is more competent for legislation, voters do not know him and his competency. Voter's cognitive and behavior, or political market, determine the politician's political fate.He also proposes more regulation on the law on general election to include competency, expertise background, and integrity requirement for lawmaker candidates in order to fix the current political market.
I am no political scientist. But I think Saiful made a wrong comparison here. The game is not about less competent Eko against more competent Didiek Rachbini. For voters, it is about Eko (and his celebrities friends) against those hundreds of unfamiliar, (more) incompetent and yet corrupt politicians that now occupy Senayan --to whom many voters share the disgust.
I'd say perhaps the current political market works. It drives the unfamiliar and incompetent politicians out. And arguably they might be less corrupt than the existing politicians for a good reason: the cost of getting caught is very high for them, that is, not only the five-years political career, but also their lucrative lifetime celebrity career. As public figures, they are also subject to more closer public scrutiny --think of those bloody annoying gossip shows.
Voters might be rationally ignorant, but maybe not that stupid. And on the idea that the celebrities candidacy breaks the party's internal reward mechanism for their 'real' politicians, you should ask those party leaders (themselves the 'real' politicians) why on earth they recruit Eko and friends on the first place --if they think they will be out-voted.
And trust me, Eko will not easily win because his opponents, the current 'real' politicians, are equally, if not more, funny in their own way.