Sunday, June 03, 2007

Campaign Musings: Republican Conference

In Richard Benjamin's wonderful movie comedy tribute to the Golden Age of TV, "My Favorite Year," Peter O'Toole hams it up magnificently as what is obviously the drunken, washed-up mid-1950s Errol Flynn. O'Toole's most memorable moment comes when, more than half smashed, his character is told of course he can do live sketch comedy. "After all, you're an actor."

In pain, despair, pride, and rage, O'Toole bellows, "I'm not an actor, I'm a MOVIE STAR!"

We all know what O'Toole meant, don't we? Well, all of us but a few desperate Republicans and a few rockhead pundits, that is. O'Toole's cry is why the Fred Thompson for President boom isn't likely to last too long.

Ronald Reagan was a movie star. Arnold Schwartznegger was a huge movie star. Fred Thompson was an actor. The American people aren't likely to cast Thompson as their leading man if Michael Eisner never would.


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