The slow decline of Susan Estrich’s career

Susan does McCain

“McCain to Star in Boob Raunch Fest,” read the headline in the Drudge Report. I don’t even know what that is, but it certainly sounds like something that someone who’s running in a process dominated by Christian conservatives would prefer not to be caught in.

It turns out McCain has a cameo role playing himself attending the big wedding in the raunchiest R-rated movie of the weekend, “Wedding Crashers.” We’ve been exposed to the trailers and ads for weeks. My kids are eager to see it, all the more so because it is R-rated.

You know how that works: It must be good. I hear it’s awful, with unnecessary montages of naked women’s breasts, before they all sleep with our hero, for his endless meaningless sex – and, of course, endless swear words just for the sake of it, which is right up my son’s alley (he’s 12) and the sort of thing that bores and embarrasses my 15-year-old daughter and me.

According to the producers, they’re “swimming against the tide” by making this “original R-rated comedy” in which, according to the previews, the stars get fondled at the dinner table and no pretense is even made of being family-friendly.


It was John McCain – the senator, not the character – who held hearings prior to the 2000 elections, as everyone is now pointing out, to take Hollywood to task for making R-rated movies and marketing them to teenagers. The result was a commitment by the industry to enforce more strictly the R restriction – with the unintended consequence, some would argue, that PG-13 movies got to be more sexual and more violent. This movie was conceived of as R-rated from the get-go, and McCain apparently is the only elected official to join the cast.


In the end, what may be at issue is not whether conservatives share McCain’s sense of humor but whether they come to question his judgment

Well they had no problem backing a drunken failed businessman who was on the board of a company that financed more than two dozen R-rated movies so I’m guessing they’ll bite their tongues if promised enough.

As for Estrich, she gives Wedding Crashers her “Oh” face.

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