Last night, Robert Redford was on Larry King Live speaking about America’s oil addiction. One of the groups involved in exposing America’s oil addiction, the Centre for American Progress (which is also connected to the CampusProgress group), has launched a new website called kicktheoilhabit.org, which includes a video from their campaigns.
Last night I watched one of my favorite movies – The Candidate – which stars Redford as Bill McKay, a young legal aid lawyer and activist running as the Democratic candidate for the US Senate in California versus the old guard Republican and 16-year incumbent Crocker Jarmon.
Wikipedia explains the theme the best…
The film highlights many criticisms of modern day American politics, such as the importance of money and the emphasis on the image of political candidates. In particular, the degeneration of McKay from an idealistic public-interest lawyer working for unpopular and then-little-known causes (the young environmentalist movement, civil rights for Latinos, integration through busing) and strong opinions on all issues into a construct of his campaign, dominated by idiotic little slogans (most notably “Bill McKay: the better way”) and a road-weary nervous wreck, to boot.
It’s a great political film. I would recommend that all political hacks take a look at it.