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Thursday, March 01, 2007

2008 Presidential Candidates' Film Favs

Because the 2008 US Presidential race will most likely be a tight one, with candidate and party platforms, promises, and politicking creating a minefield of confusion as to who you should vote for, the sweaty grubs working in the Boast Research Dungeon have found all of the important info you need to make a well-informed vote...

The Candidates' favorite films!

  • Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona: "Viva Zapata" (1952)
  • Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York: "Casablanca" (1942)
  • Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York: "The Godfather" (1972)
  • Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina: "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964)
  • Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts: "Raiders of the lost Ark" (1981)
This also works as a voting prediction generator. Here are a few possibilities that our analysts have rushed together.

A) The race will boil down to Hillary and Rudy, with Sen. Clinton winning because she prefers a bit of romantic nostalgia to a bloody animal head.

B) John Edwards will take it in a landslide because of his tongue-in-cheek suggestion that Slim Pickins should really be riding a nuke rather than running the country.

C) A three-way tie between Gov. Richardson, Sen. McCain, and John Edwards due to the political relevance of their film choices.
Unfortunately, Mitt Romney's choice, while a pretty dang fun movie, speaks a bit too loudly on demonizing the 'Other', US manifest destiny, and advancing monetary means by way of exploiting Asia and the Middle East - which is kind of old hat these days. If he really wants to stand a chance, our advisory board recommend that he publicly apologize and change his pick to something like, Gold Diggers of 1933, Playtime, Paradise Now, or anything by Kieslowski.
Good luck.


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Blogger Neal Romanek said...

I will vote for the candidate who lists "The Wild Bunch".

Until then, any president who names "Dr. Strangelove" is good enough for me.

I am quite sure that GW Bush has never even heard of "Dr. Strangelove". Yes, I'm quite sure of that.

1:34 AM

Blogger Mike said...

Thanks Neal!
I think you're probably right, and even if he was familiar with Kubrick, the satirical bits might elude him, thus coming across as 'A heckuva plan!'

1:55 PM


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