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Watch the Kerry '04 campaign implode

After learning about the release of Inside the Bubble, I have to agree with Shakes Sis — “reason #1,336,892 why Bob Shrum needs to be exiled to Loserville, Nerdovia, pronto.” It sounds like Steve Rosenbaum caught the slo-mo mess on film. John Kerry should have been able to kick the Chimp’s ass all the way back to Texas in a landslide, yet it all came unraveled with cameras rolling. I don’t think I could watch this without hurling or wanting to throw something at the screen. (NY Daily News):

Kerry spinmeister David Wade – one of the senior staffers who allowed Rosenbaum to film his private moments – tried to dismiss Rosenbaum’s effort as “a childish home movie destined to be forgotten.”

Wade E-mailed me: “The 20 poor souls subjected to this movie will be reaching for caffeine and begging for old Lamar Alexander tapes on C-Span 2. Michael Moore has nothing to fear. I think the working title was ‘The Snore Room.'”

But people who’ve screened the documentary say it’s compelling and revealing.

It features, among other not-ready-for-prime-time moments, Clinton scowling and rolling her eyes over an apparent Kerry gaffe during a presidential debate; Kerry pretending to interview himself and babbling in Italian while waiting for a real interview to begin; Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) cursing at reporters during a campaign stop, and Kerry message guru Robert Shrum confidently declaring a few days before the 2004 election: “Zogby [a prominent pollster] just announced who’s gonna win. Us!”

Shrum told me he personally didn’t cooperate with the movie, which captures him on camera only a couple of times. Asked if he plans to see it, he answered: “Absolutely not.”

…A press release claims the movie – which won’t be shown publicly until Thursday – “turns a harsh but deeply revealing mirror on the campaign … a disorganized, contentious, self-absorbed team that thought they could win by ‘not making mistakes,’ and keeping their candidate in the public eye without clarifying a position on anything.”

Director Rosenbaum, meanwhile, told me: “I’m a lifelong Democrat and I supported Kerry. I think people will see the film as fair, and maybe searing.”

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