Sunday, February 25, 2007

Being There with the Christian Right

Reading the news online and came across this New York Times article about the Christian Right and their search for an '08 candidate.

"A group of influential Christian conservatives and their allies emerged from a private meeting at a Florida resort this month dissatisfied with the Republican presidential field and uncertain where to turn. The event was a meeting of the Council for National Policy, a secretive club whose few hundred members include Dr. James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family, the Rev. Jerry Falwell of Liberty University and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Although little known outside the conservative movement, the council has become a pivotal stop for Republican presidential primary hopefuls, including George W. Bush on the eve of his 1999 primary campaign. But in a stark shift from the group’s influence under President Bush, the group risks relegation to the margins. Many of the conservatives who attended the event, held at the beginning of the month at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Fla., said they were dismayed at the absence of a champion to carry their banner in the next election."

It reminded me of that Hal Ashby film BEING THERE. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, put it in your netflix. It's adapted from a Jersy Kosinski book (he also wrote the controversial novel THE PAINTED BIRD, a precursor to the James Frey scandal).

I love Peter Sellers in this movie. It's dated now, but still very funny.

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