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Monday, May 23, 2005


Yes, let's do Frank Capra
I have several times wondered how film director Frank Capra would have treated today's political doings. Take Linda Tripp for example.  In a Capra film our heroine (make no mistake, she is a heroine in 1939 America) listens as her teen-aged roommate reveals that she has been committing adultery  with the President of the United States, and the details have become public.  A special prosecutor (played by Lionel Barrymore), who is investigating the corrupt president on other matters, gets wind of it.  The young ingenue (Judy Garland) pleads with heroine to perjure herself, and lie about what she knows so as not to damage the love of her life.  After careful consideration, heroine (Ann Sheridan) decides duty to country and her own integrity outweigh her personal safety (she has been threatened), and in an Academy Award winning sequence, reveals all. 

Of course that's not how today's  Hollywood reacted, so I find it more than amusing to see that they, and the liberal Democrats they support, are invoking Capra's film "Mr. Smith goes to Washington" as an example of what evil Republicans are jeopardizing with their plan to eliminate the filibustering of judicial nominees. 
The movie "is a celebration of this Senate, the world's greatest deliberative body. But if the majority leader is successful in ending the filibuster . . . we will move from the world's greatest deliberative body to a rubber-stamp factory." - Organized crime leader, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J).
Sean Higgins ("Where Have You Gone, Jimmy Stewart?") points out that the movie in fact was a dark, cynical, film that "argues that the (New) deal's public spending projects corrupted lawmakers by giving them millions to dole out. Inevitably, favoritism, back-scratching and worse set in and once-noble legislators like Paine (Claude Raines) are corrupted."  And, "Smith's climatic filibuster bears no resemblance to the Democrats' filibusters of Bush's judicial nominees."  (Read it)

In 1939 America, Ted Kennedy's, Pat Leahy's and Charles Schumer's screen images would have been pelted with Milk Duds.  So what's changed?
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