Thursday, May 28, 2009

Democratic hopefuls in the movies

The three-way Democratic gubernatorial primary race is an interesting study in contrasts. Not so much contrast in the way of issues and positions, but rather a sharp contrast in styles.

And, of course that means this post is a big reach toward film references in an effort to be entertaining. And, ah-wa-a-ay we go:

Terry McAuliffe is Burt Lancaster in "Elmer Gantry." He's over-the-top on the enthusiasm; charming but worrisome. Why has Terry never taken much interest in Virginia politics before this campaign?

Creigh Deeds is James Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Sincerity is his strong suit; in that he is not unlike Sen. Jim Webb. But is he as tough and cunning as Webb?

Brian Moran is Van Johnson in "Caine Mutiny." He's a loyal, capable guy and he means well; not the sharpest tool in the box. Is anybody really all that excited about Moran at the top of the ticket?

So, what actor in what role would Bob McDonnell be?


James Young said...

Spencer Tracy was not in "The Caine Mutiny." Perhaps you're referring to Van Johnson.

F.T. Rea said...

James Young,

Of course you're right. The first two were easy and I struggled with Moran. I had been mulling various political movies, "Last Hurrah," was one of them. It does star Spencer Tracy.

Then, Van Johnson's role in Caine Mutiny came to mind, and somehow it all got mashed together.

I remember thinking for a second there was something wrong with that one, but it was done quickly, obviously without enough care.

I've made the change. Thanks.

James Young said...

It happens. That "post" button is a little too easy to hit.