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Movie About Karl Rove's Mentor: "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story"

By luck I was switching channels and came across this documentary on PBS a few nights ago. Lee Atwater was a name I had heard before but didn't know anything about him. When I heard that Karl Rove was his protege though, I knew it was something worth watching.

The story of Lee Atwater sheds some light on political campaigns and elections. He made an art out of using dirty tricks and shady tactics to win an election at any cost. Ulitmately, before his death from a brain tumor, he apologized to many of the people that he had campaigned against.

One revealing moment in the movie is where it mentions that Atwater wasn't so much a big supporter of the GOP, but rather, for him, it was all about winning elections by any means necessary. I believe that when the GOP sold out to these tactics to win, and continued to win using these tactics, they lost their way. Not only the policy makers, but the electorate that began to characterize themselves by the divisive wedge issues used by the likes of Atwater rather than principles true to traditional conservative beliefs.

Here's some links to find out more about the film. I'm not sure if it will be aired again sometime soon.

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
Official Site - you can see the trailer here:

"At the Coolidge": a discussion between host Tim Jackson and Larry Aronson about this film
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlyY37COSrc
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om0B513cQq0

Lee Atwater - Wikipedia

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