Karl and the Rovians must be having a group stroke this weekend. There is no credible neocon counterpunch to Fahrenheit 9/11. They can only crank up the Fox News wind machine so much.
It's a thing of beauty, really.
I spent the afternoon in the big outdoors, and after a nice BBQ, had some time to think. While I'm gushing about F9/11, at the same time, I'm also a bit concerned about the future of this type of "politicing". OK, we've got a certifiable hit at the boxoffice. You know people are paying attention. Some of them belong to, as Bush termed it in F9/11, the Republican elite. They've got money. They can make movies, too.
I'm hoping that the whole environment that led to F9/11 is a one time phenomena - extraordinary times require extraordinary measures, etc. etc. But what's to stop the GOP from backing, after Kerry's first two or three years, some type of bizzaro F9/11 based on whatever "scandal" they're going to be cooking up in the coming 24 or 36 months? I guess I'm speaking in terms of the precedence that F9/11 sets in the film industry AND politics.
After ruminating over this a bit, I came to the conclusion that we really have no such worries. Number one, we've really been in a confluence of extraordinary circumstances over the past 3 years. That confluence of events (generated by BushCo, for the most part) gave Moore the fertile ground to till. I just don't foresee such an amazing set of events occurring over the course of my lifetime again, much less the next 3 years. At least I hope not.
And let's face it - I just don't see neocons ever being as domestically energized by events, and actually plunking down 10 bucks at the local art theatre to see "The Heinz Chronicles - Following the Billions" (I'm just making that up, but you get my point).
So, for now, let's just bask in the glow of a master storyteller weaving events of the past 4 years into an artistic, celluloid tapestry. We'll deal with the future when it comes.
Lastly, here's a link to some great perspective from around the country (scroll down the page a bit when you get there), and don't miss ASZ's take on Fahrenheit 9/11 (below).