Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
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story and biography of this influencial figure, the viewer will be treated to skillfully produced documentary
that exposes the seamy side of campaign public relations. Some may hear the word "documentary" and think "boring",
but I must stress: this is as important and entertaining a film I have ever watched. If you like the intrigue of
politics and are amazed by the sociopathy that goes with it, then this one will be high on your hit list. If you are simply interested in being entertained and gaining insight into the nitty gritty of national politics, then this is a must watch for every citizen of the US. From success to personal tragedy, Lee Atwater personifies the American Dream twisted by the cynicism of politics. Before his death of cancer, he wrote a book essentially
apologizing to the American people for motivating them to votre against their own best interest. Was he really repenting? Judge for yourself.
By the way, if you didn't catch this: the title refers to Atwater's skill as a blues musician (why "Boogie" I can't say) and is a double entendre. Not the most clever of titles, but I say titles are overrated.
I must follow my opening observations with my personal notion that it is too easy to demonize someone politically, too easy to say, "Such-and-so pioneered the political games of dirty pool." This excellent documentary--all true, I might add--was a bit of a relief because it avoided branding Atwater as anything other than a slightly hyperactive, remorseless Southerner.
But they did say he created the filthy Republican playbook, mentored Karl Rove, destroyed Mike Dukakis, got Old Bush elected, drove Bob Dole mad, and would have destroyed President Clinton had he lived to see the day. Perhaps luckily, Atwater died young...conning and lying his way to the very grave.
My review says all of this because I recall the Atwater days as my father recalled McCarthyism. I was there, as it were, I remember perfectly well what an evil scoundrel Atwater was. This documentary, however, frightened me because I did not realize the full extent of his evil reach. I had no idea that he was as crazy, ruthless and rotten as he really was.
Republicans ought to pay close attention to this film, because in a way, Atwater left this mortal coil with some parting wisdom about abandoning dirty, life-destroying political tactics. He probably didn't really mean it, but drowning men catch at straws, they say.Read more ›
Of course, clients such as George Poppy Bush deserve as much if not greater condemnation for allowing Atwater to spread lies about Michael and Kitty Dukakis, and other political rivals. Seeing Atwater dying of a brain tumor at age 40 in BOOGIE MAN, one could say the devastation he caused others came right back at him, but realize Poppy Bush is alive and kicking at age 88 as I write this in January 2013. The corporate news media should also bear responsibility for the damage Atwater did to innocent people by reporting and repeating his lies without question, BOOGIE MAN reminds us.
Until you remember the man had three young children when he died, it's easy to appreciate how he is all but invisible when BOOGIE MAN shows a wheelchair-bound, very sick Lee Atwater at a gathering of Republican power brokers not long before death. Just a year earlier, Atwater would have been the center of attention in that room.
BOOGIE MAN, made during the administration of George W. Bush, suggests Atwater deserves some of the credit for Republicans being the choice of American voters in five out of seven presidential elections, 1980 through 2004. But one should consider that after Poppy Bush's 1988 victory Democrats have won every White House vote, keeping George W.Read more ›
Today,divisive politics -- based on fear, misinformation, bias -- distracts the conversation from what matters; it has taken distraction and made it the way of candidacy. Sadly, its also permeated what is now fear based journalism, as well.
In many ways, it all trickles back to this man -- and "Willie Horton." Tragic misrepresentation, and yet the template for modern campaigning was set into motion. Google and understand; watch this documentary and learn. Scary, accurate stuff. This is a must watch, a how to & a way to see through the ugliest part of spin.
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I enjoyed the documentary very much. I was always fascinated by the guitar playing, blues singing political strategist. His death was tragic and sad.Published 3 months ago by Erma
This movie is fascinating. Really sheds light on negative campaign tactics.Published 4 months ago by Julia
Awesome. Gave me an education as to how America got where we are. Highly recommend for every voter no matter what personal beliefs are.Published 7 months ago by pat buede
Really important and interesting film to help understand the mess we are in todayPublished 10 months ago by Rochelle Sjolseth
This is an enthralling documentary about a political mastermind/evil genius. Thus, I highly recommend it.Published 10 months ago by John C. Asbury
Great documentary that really gives some context to why politics are the way they are in the 21st century.Published 11 months ago by Johnny
This documentary is incredible - really puts things into perspective about how the huge political divide we still suffer from today began - so many years ago.Published 11 months ago by ceelaurene