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November 08, 2008 05:51 AM UTC

Boogie Man, the Lee Atwater documentary

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  • by: Canines

Looking forward to seeing this documentary about the late Republican political fixer Lee Atwater on TV next week. It’ll be on Rocky Mountain PBS at 9 p.m. on Tuesday:

http://www.rmpbs.org/content/i…

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

In the wake of yet another hard-fought and bitter presidential campaign, “Frontline” presents a spirited and revealing biography of Lee Atwater, the charming, Machiavellian godfather of modern take-no-prisoners Republican political campaigns. Through eye-opening interviews with Atwater’s closest friends and adversaries, the film explores the life of the controversial political operative who mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush, led the GOP to historic victories, and wrote the party’s winning playbook.

It recently played here in Denver at the Tivoli; in fact, ColoradoPols’ Arvadonian recommended it, after seeing it.

Movie’s web site:

http://www.boogiemanfilm.com/

I grew up despising Atwater, but also fascinated by his seemingly schizo personality: the man who pushed the infamous Willie Horton ad against Michael Dukakis was, also, reputedly an accomplished blues guitarist.

Would be interested in hearing others’ opinions, after viewing the flick on Tuesday.

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  1. either on Tuesday, or online after it airs.

    Frontline is one of the best television shows on TV. I can’t say enough good things about that show. They provided much insight into the Bush Administration with their documentaries over the last eight years.

  2. I saw it last night and thought it was really interesting since I was too young to be aware of the Reagan/Bush 41 elections and the tactics used then.  What’s amazing is that it seems as if the Republican party has just been rehashing the same strategies snce then.  The Bill Ayers/Jerimiah Wright associations reminded me of Willie Horton and the weak-on-defense-Dems/unpatriotic line just keeps coming up.  Thank goodness that Obama pushed back more forcefully against the slander than we saw from the Democratic candidates in the last two elections.

    As a tangent, wasn’t W surprisingly better spoken when working for his dad’s campaign?

    Also, I’m really looking forward to the Hugo Chavez episode in two weeks.

  3. Lee Atwater used God to sway voters, in addition to patriotism, but he was hardly a believer himself. If I’m not mistaken, one reporter said that Atwater referred to the anti-abortion activist crowd as the “extra-chromosome group.”

    My favorite line concerns George H.W. Bush going on the offensive in a noted interview with Dan Rather, wherein Bush pointed out Rather’s flawed character. Was that planned? “We don’t talk about how we make sausage!” replied Atwater.

    It was said that Atwater realized that the press can only chew on one ankle at a time as an attack dog. Get the press to lock its teeth on the other guy’s flaws, before they do it to your own candidate.

    Why do salt-of-the-earth people vote seemingly against their own economic interests? Atwater knew that it’s because “proud patriotism transcends money.” Easy enough to play people using that framework.

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