The Candidate Politics in Film Braunwarth The Candidate Story of a brash, young, idealist who gets involved in politics in order to get his liberal message out Deals with the (in)ability to deal with substantive issues in a political campaign Are there questions that can’t be raised in a political campaign? Whose to blame for the emphasis on image>substance? Is it the candidates, the voters, or the media? Politics is Bull***t Why does the race becomes more about politics than the message? When he has a chance of winning, he gets swallowed by the political machine How is this demonstrated in the movie? The laughing fits, the skewing of the stump speech In the final scene, when his father says, “you’re a politician now,” what does he mean? That politics is not noble civic virtue but about manipulation Is it necessary that politics be manipulative? Would this manipulation be necessary if the media provided more substantive information and the voters were better informed? Politics is Bull***t Emphasis is on packaging the campaign; spin>substance What would happen to a candidate who ran a substantive campaign on specific issue proposals? Would this campaign be possible in a typographic (pre TV) age? Why all the noise? Obscures the ability to “hear” the issues What do we do now? What is the answer to the “what do we do now?” question? Emphasizes the disconnect between the campaign and the need to govern and the concern that success in the former doesn’t necessarily mean qualifications in the latter Is this message accurate in your experience? Is voter cynicism justified? What role does the wife play? She figures out the game early on Does your opinion of the candidate change when he and the woman leave the hotel room?
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