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 ›
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Watch this masterful documentary of the tortured soul who set the tone for electoral politics in the late 20th/early 21st centuryPublished 23 days ago by R
It met expectations...it just made me so angry and powerless over the bullshot these people perpetrate and don't care who it hurts in order to win!!!!!Published 1 month ago by Me2010
Loved it! Our political system is sooo off the rails and has been for centuriesPublished 2 months ago by ShoreTown
Fascinating and sad story of how national election campaign strategy has deteriorated in the U.S.Published 5 months ago by Monting
Everyone should see this to understand how we got to where we are.... Eye opening.Published 5 months ago by Vern Warta
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 8 months ago by Erma