Anyone else see that extraordinary documentary about Lee Atwater last night?
He’s one of those people in American politics that I was vaguely aware of – mentor to Karl Rove; master of the dark arts of negative campaigning; Darth Veda deathbed conversion.
But the flesh put on those bones was done very well.
The segment which has Michael Dukakis recall how he was smeared while there were cut away shots of him preparing a modest lunch for his wife and himself says as much about the impact of Atwater’s tactics as almost anything else in the film.
There’s another week to get the film from iPlayer.