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Leverage and Lysistrata

August 20th, 2013 - 10:51 am

And what caused this reaction, pray tell? Just this:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) voted unanimously Friday to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates unless the networks kill their planned films on Hillary Clinton.

“We don’t have time for the media’s games,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said before the vote at the RNC summer meeting in Boston. “We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets.”

According to the resolution, called “In support of media objectivity and accountability” and obtained by The Hill, the RNC called the planned films “political favoritism” and accused NBC and CNN of airing “programming that amounts to little more than extended commercials promoting former Secretary Clinton.”

CNN announced last month it had planned a feature-length film on the life of the former secretary of State and possible Democratic presidential contender. NBC will air a four-hour mini-series starring Diane Lane as Clinton.

She looks exactly like Hillary Clinton

She looks exactly like Hillary Clinton

Better late than never, I suppose, that the GOP learns it’s not a battered wife, and that it has the wherewithal to fight back should it so choose. It’s generally a cold day in hell when Maureen Dowd agrees with Priebus, but hey, sometimes pigs really do take wing:

Reince Priebus says a lot of goofy things, but the chairman of the Republican National Committee has a point.

Films can dramatically alter the way famous people are viewed, making them cooler, more glamorous, more sympathetic — and the reverse. Clever filmmakers can offer up delicious soufflés of propaganda and storytelling, putting a new imprint on the historical record.

Priebus has complained to NBC and CNN executives about plans for what he calls Hillary Clinton “puff pieces” while Hillary is “on the dance floor…”

And then quickly come crashing back down to earth:

Of course, Priebus being Priebus, he went on to say something goofy, petulantly threatening to cut NBC and CNN out of Republican debates if they don’t cancel their Hillary shows by Aug. 14.

After his 2012 autopsy, the R.N.C. chief said that there should be fewer Republican debates (so the candidates have fewer chances to self-destruct, as Rick Perry did, or self-deport to the right, as Mitt Romney did). So maybe he’s just trying to kill two birds with one stone.

But that just made the Republicans look as though they were running around stamping their feet because they don’t have any leaders outside New Jersey anyone wants to see a movie about — let alone two. They are wasting time trying to stop Obamacare, and being led around by the nose by the cretinous Ted Cruz.

Well, Mo, half right. And her crack about the “cretinous” Ted Cruz is an early warning of the Palin-like fear and loathing the junior senator from Texas engenders within the leftist breast.

As for CNN, they’re a legitimate news network, right? The sensible alternative to the left-wing loons on MSNBC and the wingnuts and wacko birds on Fox? They can be trusted to produce a fair and impartial documentary about the former first lady and secretary of State, correct? Ummmm, no

“Any concerns the Clinton team had are all gone. This puts the ‘P’ in puff piece,” a Republican National Committee rep said this afternoon, in response to our report about the announcement by CNN Films that it had hired senior director Courtney Sexton, who previously oversaw Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and the bio-docu Jimmy Carter Man From Plains among many other projects. “What’s next: Michael Moore directing?” added Sean Spicer, the RNC’s communications director, in an email to Politico about Deadline’s coverage of the hire.

More from Deadline Hollywood:

CNN Films, the division of CNN Worldwide responsible for commissioning the documentary about Hillary Clinton that’s got the RNC’s knickers in a knot, today announced it is welcoming Courtney Sexton to its Los Angeles team as senior director. The Republican National Committee may latch on to this news — in much the same way it did reports MSNBC was giving Alec Baldwin a program — because Sexton has spent the last eight years working with Participant Media where, CNN noted, she managed from development to release such documentary films as An Inconvenient Truth. That’s the Oscar-winning docu about former Veep Al Gore’s global warming campaign. Other titles Sexton shepherded include Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, among many titles. Prior to joining Participant, Sexton worked for two years with filmmaker Davis Guggenheim — An Inconvenient Truth’s director — on the HBO series Deadwood, among other projects.

You can look, but you can't have

You can look, but you can’t touch

The unholy alliance between entertainment and politics needs to be sundered. As Sam Goldwyn famously said, “If you want to send a message, call Western Union.” Priebus’s Lysistrata approach paid dividends immediately. What took the Republicans so long?

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"What took the Republicans so long?"

Spinelessness brought on by political correctness AND desire to stay in political office as a career.
35 weeks ago
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There's also this to consider. I sense a foreboding among some lefties that all is not sunshine and rosebuds in their world anymore and their implacable unity may very well start to shatter. Criminal conspiracies being what they are - and we all know that the power of the left consists of nothing more than a mafia-like oath of mutual support and silence - they eventually unravel. The scandals are too numerous and the corruption courses through their entire system; this cannot be sustained much longer. The scapegoats and fall guys have been in place since the beginning so they can be eventually sacrificed to save the party elite. It's probably just a matter of time before the edifice begins to crumble and takes HRC down along with it.
35 weeks ago
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Madam Depraved Indifference.
35 weeks ago
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Lysis testa is the play where war was stopped by women refusing their husbands sex. Or in other words, the dogs of war were for once defeated By the pussies of peace.
34 weeks ago
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Mauren Dowd works for a guy who covered up pedophilia in the U.K.
34 weeks ago
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Maureen Dowd thinks conservatives are cretinous.
34 weeks ago
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If Hillary, 25 years ago, had looked as good as Diane Lane, Bill might not have been such an alley-cat.
34 weeks ago
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No, you don't understand people like him. He could have been married to a drop-dead-gorgeous beauty queen, and he'd still have gone looking elsewhere.

34 weeks ago
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As a Brit famously said during WW-2:
The Yanks will always end up doing the right thing, after they've tried everything else.
34 weeks ago
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"What took the Republicans so long?"

Spinelessness brought on by political correctness AND desire to stay in political office as a career.
35 weeks ago
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I am not PC in any way. When I get it thrown at me, I repeat what I said. No takers appear.
34 weeks ago
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Don't pussyfoot around it, Lance, don't soft-pedal it. Tell us how you really feel!

;-)
35 weeks ago
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"Ted Cruz is an early warning of the Palin-like fear and loathing the junior senator from Texas engenders within the leftist breast."

Hate to break it to you, but he can't win. Too many conservative purists will refuse to vote for him, even if it's to not be seen as hypocrites over complaining about Obama's citizenship. Though, from comments I've read, it seems many conservatives are sincere in their belief that he's not a natural-born citizen and it would be a bad precedent to have him as our nominee.

The law doesn't specify what "natural-born" is, so all you really need to do is be born a citizen, which he was. He's also probably the best thing to happen to the Republican party by putting the party's feet to the fire AND by representing what the party SHOULD be about.

But, as I said, people won't vote for him. I don't think he can win either the primary or the general election.
35 weeks ago
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I'm afraid you are right. In their zeal to discredit Obama, many have gone off the deep end on this.

I think it's clear from the Founder's writings what they intended by that phrase, but the REALITY is, it's not spelled out in clear legal terms, and the current law is murky.

Personally, I'd like to see an Amendment to spell it out.
35 weeks ago
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HOLY SMOKES, are you joking? Both of you?

You have just answered the final question in this column, What took the RNC so long?

YIKES, conservatives won't vote for Cruz! It will LOOK BAD! The Dems will destroy him. Surrender pre-emptively!

To those who eternally lament our squish nominees, look no further.
34 weeks ago
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Perhaps you misunderstood. I was not (and I suspect Lance was not) endorsing the view that Cruz is ineligible.

Just recognizing that it exists.

Under current court rulings and law, he IS eligible.

I'd like to see the current murkiness cleared up with an Amendment, and I'd make it pretty strict if I had my way.

But it is what it is, and being what it is, Cruz is eligible, and I'd be happy to vote for him. No, that would NOT set a bad precedent. The precedent is already set and needs to be fixed.

I think it would be foolish to turn away from an excellent candidate on the basis of a blind insistence on what the Founders probably meant to say, when in fact, they didn't say it clearly. (It's one of several mistakes they made in the writing of the Constitution.)

But some will.

That's not good, but neither is refusing to recognize that attitude exists.
34 weeks ago
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"NBC does not want to make it look like the RNC or their own news people “got their way,” so the project will likely die in the “in development” stage."

If they're not making the movie AND the GOP still boycotts NBC, then that's exactly what happened...the RNC "got their way."
35 weeks ago
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We can hope.

More likely, this is jiu jitsu. They were never going to make the puff.. , er, documentary, but now they've boxed the RNC into a corner where they can't back out out of staged debates, which is what NBC wants.

But, they can. Will they? We can hope.
35 weeks ago
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Hang in, RNC! If CNN doesn't come through in time for the primary debates, at least get Jake Tapper a major role in the debates in the general election. BOOM, Hillary goes down under a Benghazi. BOOM, she's down again, the character issue. BOOM, Hillarycare. And how does her immigration "plan" promote jobs for Americans? BOOM!
35 weeks ago
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The RNC needs to borrow a page from Augusta National, in the way they handled CBS over The Masters: Produce it yourself, sell the on-site advertising yourself, and let the networks bid for the right to carry it without - or with a minimum of - commercial interruptions.
34 weeks ago
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This is about more than just Hillary.
The forces of darkness probably won't boost her prospects much (we can all agree she's deeply unlovable), so...the Orwellian group-hate chants that lie dead ahead will be instructive: you can easily tell what, and who, MSM and old-guard GOP fear most.
All together peasants! Today let's hate: Palin, Paul, Cruz and (maybe) Ryan -- kind of like a sleazy low-brow propagandized ranting version of ''Follow the money", turned into a mantra-for-morons with extra hypocrisy and loathing tossed in.

The good news is below the surface: yesterday's dolts are getting weaker and more muddled by the hour, and they're dying off, too. Easy pickings ahead, especially in the GOP, and absolutely no need for the rest of us to show mercy. 'They' (that would include all the usual suspects, especially Dowd) have done enough harm already.
Lysistrata may help a bit, but only on the casting couch.
35 weeks ago
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As much as pop culture has made fun of her, I think Palin is our best bet. People claim she's dumb, but everyone seems to like her (I think even the people who claim to hate her secretly like her). I wish it could be Cruz. I agree with him more than any other. But, it's Palin who has the charisma and likeability factor and, trust me, that's really the ONLY thing that matters in an election.
35 weeks ago
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Palin-Cruz in '16!
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Palin only became a non candidate because of the hatchet job done by the media on her.

If half the attention on Palin was done on B.O. he would still be trying to get a position as dog catcher.
35 weeks ago
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I like Palin better than Cruz. I think Cruz is making a big mistake to be putting everything on his Government Shutdown tactic to defeat Obamacare - it's just feeding the beastly lefties and alienating the rest of the party for a grandstanding pose that won't work. But Cruz is one up on Palin where the media and LIVs are concerned, he went to Harvard. And Palin didn't. Stupid nonsense that doesn't matter, except to the MSM and the LIVs
35 weeks ago
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Cruz has rightly identified a true threat to the continuance of The Republic, and has willingly taken a strong stance on the issue.
He should be supported for that.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
There's also this to consider. I sense a foreboding among some lefties that all is not sunshine and rosebuds in their world anymore and their implacable unity may very well start to shatter. Criminal conspiracies being what they are - and we all know that the power of the left consists of nothing more than a mafia-like oath of mutual support and silence - they eventually unravel. The scandals are too numerous and the corruption courses through their entire system; this cannot be sustained much longer. The scapegoats and fall guys have been in place since the beginning so they can be eventually sacrificed to save the party elite. It's probably just a matter of time before the edifice begins to crumble and takes HRC down along with it.
35 weeks ago
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Math is coming...
35 weeks ago
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It isn't even math, it is what we used to call 6th grade arithmetic, when the take-aways are bigger than the put-ins the answer will be less than zero.
LOL
35 weeks ago
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Like others have pointed out, who will be left without a chair? US taxpayers as always. MF Global laid off bad Eurobonds on their clients using the same thinking.
34 weeks ago
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