Dirty Tricks: The Man Who Got the Bushes Elected

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.

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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4 Responses to Dirty Tricks: The Man Who Got the Bushes Elected

  1. jonathan says:

    It was a captivating film, and I only saw the last 45 minutes. Was determined to have an early night last night and flicked over to BBC4 just as I was preparing for bed; and then had to spend the best part of the next hour goggling at the telly. Well worth it though.

  2. Andrew Brown says:

    Yes, I hadn’t intended to be up late either, but once in I was hooked.

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  4. Max says:

    Fantastic program. Thanks for the tip.

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