The man who centrist Dems love to blame for November’s defeat (and everything else) held court at a lunch in New York City today. Organized by the inimitable publicist Peggy Siegal to celebrate Fahrenheit 9/11 receiving the New York Film Critics Award, the lunch featured placecards with sparkly flags and a “God Bless America” invocation. At the private event Moore offered his spirited two cents on, well, almost everything.
(And by the way, buzz at the lunch had it that if Mel Gibson had agreed to pose with Moore, Time magazine would have ditched Bush as Person of the Year.)
“I’m heading to LA this weekend for the Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Picture. We’re up against ‘Shrek,’ ‘Spiderman.’ and ‘The Incredibles.’ I love that the people voted for these films. So, maybe you’ll see me on CBS this Sunday. I haven’t been allowed live on an award ceremony for a while. Maybe I’ll get to finish my last speech. And this time I’ll thank my wardrobe person and my Pilates instructor. Hated to forget them last time.
Some of you asked me ‘Where do we go from here? What should the Dems do? How do we survive whatever mayhem these people are going to bring down on us? Well, everyone who voted for Kerry should feel good about what you did…Lots of young people came out. Lot of good work was done to get more young people to vote–MoveOn, ACT, Springsteen. Don’t let the pundits get away with saying more young people didn’t vote.
Okay, here’s one thing we need to do now: Find our Arnold. Who is our Arnold? Yes. The Dems need to embrace Hollywood because they don’t know how to tell a compelling story that people connect toin a visceral way. The Republicans love Hollywood. They run to it (and they run it). The Republicans discovered that America loves Hollywood, loves actors, and when given a chance they vote foractors. Reagan, Arnold, that guy from the Love Boat, Sonny Bono.
The Republicans run professional actors and really good amateur ones, like the one in the White House. That bumbling Gilligan, the genius at his craft.
If I hear the word Evan Bayh one more time (and, hey, I don’t have anything personal against the guy)–or anyone from that pool…well, we’re not going to win with that kind of candidate.
I’m not saying we need an actor from Hollywood, but someone who connects with people.
How about Caroline Kennedy?
Or Obama? What got me thinking about Obama was at one of my holiday gatherings, a relative who’s never said the words civil rights, if you know what I mean, suddenly said ‘I liked the story Obama told.’
Obama knows how to tell a story.
The irony is that most of creative people, the writers, are on our side. But then the Republicans seem to know how to tell better stories. Listen to Bush’s story: ‘out of the ashes of 9/11, astride the rubble, stood one man and he said, I will protect you, and the people were never attacked again and they lived happily ever after.’