Hollywood just doesn't miss a chance to salute Republican icons with their middle fingers. Variety Magazine reports that a new Lee Daniels movie has cast liberal succubus Jane Fonda as conservative paragon Nancy Reagan…
Based on a Washington Post report by Wil Haygood, pic follows Eugene Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in 1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan.
Forest Whitaker is closing a deal to play Allen, while Oprah Winfrey remains in talks to play his wife. David Oyelowo is in negotiations to play Allen's son, while Liam Neeson and John Cusack are circling presidential supporting roles as Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon, respectively. Fonda will appear in a handful of scenes as the first lady of the United States.
If you think about it on the surface, it's perfect casting. Both women come from acting families, married powerful men after gaining their own success, are politically active, and have two eyes and legs. Beyond that, they are as different as North and South Vietnam.
For instance, while Nancy Reagan was being called "snobby" for moving her family out of California's Governor's Mansion and into a wealthy Sacramento neighborhood, Jane Fonda was being called other things for sitting on a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun.
Another example is that Mrs. Reagan was accused of being insensitive to the U.S. economic depression by purchasing new china for the White House. By contrast, Jane Fonda was accused of being a communist spy. But hold on a second! Mrs. Reagan was also once accused of being a communist.
Jane Fonda and Nancy Reagan: Maybe they're not so different after all! Hey Hollywood, If you really want to piss off the Right, use that for the movie's tagline.
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Noam Chomsky on the modern Republican Party in relation to its heroes…
"Today, Nixon would be a flaming radical, and Dwight D. Eisenhower would be off the spectrum. Even Ronald Reagan would be on the left somewhere."
That's all well and good, but from what I understand, this Chomsky guy still acknowledges that outdated concepts such as authoritarian states actually exist. So, I don't see why we should care what a fascist like him thinks.
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Happy President's Day, where we honor our nation's leaders by holding furniture sales and conducting surveys in which Americans are asked to pretend to have an opinion about obscure former chief executives.
The leader in the latter category is Public Policy Polling, which reports that it's all been downhill since George Washington, with 89% of voters seeing him favorably, and only 3% unfavorably. But how do our celebrated presidents stand up to the real celebrities? There is only one methodologically-flawed way to find out. Behold, the five most popular and unpopular U.S. presidents as aligned against the Ipsos ratings of their celebrity betters…
According to a new poll from Gallup, the United States Congress is currently hovering at a record low 13 percent approval rating. But, less than a month ago, a CBS/NYT poll clocked congressional approval at a staggering 9 percent, which you've got to admit is kind of impressive.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to reach depths that low in the United States where we are not exactly famous for our discerning taste? (Double down anyone?) As such, I suspect there was at least a modicum of pride at work when Sen. Michael Bennet took to the Senate floor to unveil this chart putting his legislative body's accomplishment into its proper context…
Suck it, Hugo Chavez!
You too, Paris Hilton and Watergate-era Richard Nixon!
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There's this little-known clause in the Constitution states, "Being as the time that a President should leave the Office of Presidency at the time of the end of his term as President, that man should henceforth be marched off the nearest ye olde cliff available."
Very rarely is that clause adhered to. Unfortunately…
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