A lengthy piece at the top of the Arts section’s front page in the New York Times today offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, due on August 10, The Campaign. It portrays an over-the-top House race in a mythical North Carolina district between buffoonish Blue Dog incumbent Will Ferrell—with John Edwards hair—and a goofy Tea Party insurgent played by Zach Galifianakis. The latter has been plucked from obscurity by the “Motch” Brothers.

It’s directed by Jay Roach, who gave us the HBO film about Sarah Palin and 2008, Game Change, among other film projects. The article emphasizes that it offers bipartisan mockery and thus is not a typical “Hollywood liberal” product, but if the Democrat is a Blue Dog, that does not necessarily follow.

And who knew Jennifer Garner is starring as a GOPer engaged in competitive butter-sculpting in a film due in October?

If all of this has whet your appetite, here is the recently released trailer for The Campaign. The humor is, shall we say, perhaps overly broad. (Note: my daily CampaignWatch 2012 blog will launch next week in this space.)


Greg Mitchell’s books on key American campaigns include The Campaign of the Century (Upton Sinclair, 1934), Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady and Why Obama Won.