I love it when the worlds of Politics, Hollywood, Shock Doctrine, and Huffington Post, collide. The Republicans channel Ben Affleck’s film “The Town”, which I may have to see. I predict this story will go Big, just the same as Obama’s Big Deal.
The all consuming drama of the Big Debt Deal requires a movie. Republicans decide to raise their morale and stiffen their spines with a Ben Affleck film. Are Republicans going to hurt people? They must not have had any John Wayne or Chuck Norris movies available. Ben Affleck is interviewed in HuffPo and plugs, not one but TWO of this films. Well Played, Ben!
For the mass moviegoer, though, The Town was the best Boston-based crime film since 2006’s The Departed, starring Affleck’s old pal (and fellow Oscar winner, for the Good Will Hunting screenplay) Matt Damon. Ben the director gave Ben the actor his biggest opening in a starring role since the $40.3 million The Daredevil cadged back in 2003.
The R’s are going to the mattresses, as they say in the movies.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the party’s vote counter, began his talk by showing a clip from the movie, “The Town”, trying to forge a sense of unity among the independent-minded caucus.
One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.”
“Whose car are we gonna take,” the character says.
After showing the clip, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of the most outspoken critics of leadership among the 87 freshmen, stood up to speak, according to GOP aides.
“I’m ready to drive the car,” West replied, surprising many Republicans by giving his full -throated support for the plan.
Whose car indeed? They can take Allen West’s car! West is the misogynist, war criminal kritter who has a car for the Medicare Heist.
On Wednesday, Affleck — who wrote and directed “The Town” — said that he too found the whole scenario a touch bizarre. And in a statement his spokesperson provided to The Huffington Post, he suggested that Republicans use a different one of his movies next time they need to whip votes.
“I don’t know if this is a compliment or the ultimate repudiation,” said the actor, who is currently in Turkey directing and starring in “Argo,” an adaptation of the Tehran hostage crisis. “But if they’re going to be watching movies, I think “The Company Men” is more appropriate”
That latter Affleck flick focuses on the plight of middle age men who have been laid off during the recession. (One of them, depressed about being unemployed, later kills himself.) Whether that message would resonate in the GOP caucus is anyone’s guess. But the likelihood is that McCarthy knows his members a bit better than Affleck. According to the Post, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla), one of the most intransigent Tea Party members of the Freshmen class, was won over by the gambit.
Ben Affleck says that is the wrong film for Congress kritters to view. They should see “The Company Men”. The latter film is about Shock Doctrine eating its own.
The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company – and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.
But Brian Beutler of TPM, with the scene in question video, noticed that the Washington Post was neglecting the most important part of the story, the Shock Doctrine part. Beutler scooped HuffPo, who did not notice that Republicans were going to hurt people. The actual quote is as follows,
Doug MacRay: I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we’re gonna hurt some people.
James Coughlin: …Whose car we takin’?
Does this seem to be a strange choice by the Republican Congressional Leadership? That is, letting Allen West drive the car is not really a good idea.
It’s not clear if House Republicans fed an edited script to the Post, if the Post omitted the “hurt some people,” line themselves, or if GOP leadership actually edited the clip itself when it was screened. But I also can’t fathom why they find this scene particularly inspirational — and even if they do, why they decided to feed it to the press.
And I also love to channel Slinkerwink of Daily Kos.
How helpful it was of those Washington Post reporters to leave out the rest of the movie quote…..
So, the Republican caucus are fully primed thanks to a movie scene about robbers ready to hurt people, and ready to go after President Obama by voting on the Boehner bill which they previously had decried. The Republican angst over the Boehner bill was all for show, and they’ll fall in line to get it through the House and to the Senate to make the Democrats vote against it.
What a colossal mess.
It is a COLASSAL MESS! But it might be a future Affleck Film, “We’re Gonna Hurt Some Poor People, Especially Women”