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VOTE FOR ME: POLITICS
PART ONE: POLITICS 101
Opens on MS Mike Turpen, Oklahoma
Democratic Party Leader, walking outside the University of Oklahoma football
I talk, I talk to young people a lot that wanna run, and they say, Man I wanna run for Governor some day, I wanna run for Lieutenant Governor right now. And do you know what I say to em, you need to get in your car and drive from Alvo to Altos to Broken Bow to Broken Arrow and see how big the state of Oklahoma is, it's a big state, not as big as TX, but it's a big state, and I say to these young people, then call 50 friends and see if they'll give you $1,000 each. I say, if you can't get $50,000 in 50 phone calls, and if you don't wanna drive the whole state and see how big this state really is, you ought not to be running.
They say, Well I know, but politics seems so glamorous. Glamorous? I said, you're all wrong young man, young lady, politics is all about humility, it's all about begging, you gotta beg for votes, you gotta beg for money, you gotta beg for somebody to put a bumper sticker on their car, you gotta beg for somebody to put a yard sign on their yard. You gotta beg for editorial endorsements. It's all about begging, for gosh sakes, there's no glamour in this process. Where do they get this idea it's all about glamour?
Music fades up: Ray Charles Oh Beautiful
Cut to scenes of Americana:
The camera is focused on a beautiful mountain range
Fade up on producer credit: A film by Paul Stekler, Andy Kolker, Louis Alvarez
Zooms out to sign which reads Re-Elect Sheriff Medicinehorse
Congressman Chaka Fattah campaign workers waving signs from the back of a pickup
Joseph Voccola for State Rep. truck drives by.
Governor Tom Ridge train stop with people waving as the train pulls out.
Senator Al DAmato getting bussed by an old blond at a booksigning for his new memoir.
Cut to Brenda Fitzgerald, candidate for Congress in Georgia.
Im Brenda Fitzgerald. Im a candidate for Congress for the 7th district of Georgia.
Cut to Dennis Kucinich, State Senator from Cleveland, Ohio.
Hi, Im Dennis Kucinich and Im running for the State Senate from Cleveland, Ohio.
Cut to Congressman JC Watts of Oklahoma
Hi, Im J.C. Watts and Im a Republican candidate running for the 4th congressional district of Oklahoma.
Cut to Ann Kobayashi, candidate for Honolulu Mayor.
Aloha. Im Ann Kobayashi and Im running for the Mayor of the city and county of Honolulu
Cut to Oliver North, candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia.
Hi, Im Ollie North and Im running for the United States Senate for the people of Virginia. Thanks.
North winks, tips his hand and walks away.
Cut to Karl Goethel Jr. and Sr. of Wisconsin. Father and son sit next to each other on a bench.
Im Karl Goethel.
KARL GOETHEL, JR.
Im Karl Goethel, Jr.
Im running for District Attorney of Pepin county, Wisconsin
KARL GOETHEL, JR.
Im running for sheriff of Pepin county, Wisconsin
Cut to a dog covered with a sign for TX State Rep. candidate Eddie de la Garza.
Cut to interview with Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York
If youre gonna do politics, you should learn it. You should be that way with everything. If youre gonna play baseball, you should learn how to play the game.
Cut to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich lecturing an aspiring congressional candidate
But then also if you had something that said Linda for Literacy. And that became your logo.
Sounds good to me
You following? Because Ive met you three times and I cant remember your name.
I know! I know that.
And thats because theres no hook.
Cut to Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci with Uncle Sam
It costs big bucks to run for public office
(laughs heartily) Youre so right! Oh are you right. Thats right. Oh thats not hardly enough!
Cut to interview with Congressman Barney Frank
Any time someone tells you how much he or she likes campaigning, Id think youre dealing either with a liar or a psychopath. I do not understand how any sensible human being can like campaigning.
Cut to aspiring New York Attorney General Karen Burstein shaking hands at 72nd street subway station
Good morning, Im Karen Burstein running for state Attorney General. Morning, Im Karen Burstein running for state Attorney General. Good morning, sir. Good morning, Im Karen Burstein running for state Attorney General. Good morning, Im Karen Burstein running for state Attorney General. Good morning, Im Karen Burstein running for state Attorney General. Good morning.
She addresses the camera.
Theyre better, theyre much better than the last time I was here. Things are looking up. Hi, Im Karen Burstein running for state Attorney General.
Nice to meet you
Cut to billboard with George Washington giving Dave McCurdy the boot with the words, Kick McCurdy out.
Animated title over finale of America reading Vote for Me: Politics in America
Vertical wipe to Honolulu City Council candidate Andy Mirikitani sign waving on a busy, rush hour thoroughfare. He wears a shirt and tie and a big pink lei.
Music: Island tune, festive
(waves to passing cars) Hi. Thank you.
What are you doing out here?
Were, uh, sign waving, as they call it here in Hawaii. And, uh, apparently one politician invented it about twenty years ago. Now every politician in Hawaii has to sign wave in order to get elected. And its also a good way to get a tan.
Older gentleman Mirikitani volunteer signwaver and then other signwavers.
The pundits say we hate politics. They say were apathetic at voting time. That politics has become irrelevant to most peoples lives. Maybe they need to get out more.
Cut to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge hugging people at a train stop
Cut to woman holding Blackwells hand screaming He got my vote!
Cut to frenzied and portly Ridge supporter chanting his name.
Background music: marching band
Forget the presidential elections. The real excitement is in the half million other races, from councilman to congresswoman taking place in precincts near you.
Cut to man waving from a passing pick up truck that has a big sign reading, Vote Ronald Dugas, Police Juror.
Cut to a Chicago man gathering a varied collection of campaign signs.
Cut to a waving crowd of supporters.
Cut to Scurdy Menard, candidate for Sheriff in Louisiana putting up a roadside sign.
Cut to a campaign worker handing out stickers for Virginia Senator, Chuck Robb.
Care for a sticker for Robb? Hes good on the budget, good on foreign affairs, good on military affairs.
Camera wanders to Lucy Goode, wife of Senate candidate Virgil Goode.
Hi how are you. Im Lucy Goode, my husbands running for U.S. Senate. Would you like a sticker?
Its revealing to see what politicians have to do in order to win votes.
Camera wanders on to Virgil Goode campaign worker
VIRGIL GOODE CAMPAIGN WORKER
I see youve already got one. Do you care for another Virgil Goode sticker. Thank you.
And what the voters have to do to get something in return.
Camera continues down sticker row.
NORTH CAMPAIGN WORKER
Need an Ollie sticker, sir? Thanks you.
Its all part of politics in America. And its probably not what the Founders had in mind.
Cut to a woman dressed in red, white and blue medieval attire blowing a patriotic tune on a bugel.
Cut to hundreds of campaign signs by the side of the road
Cut to interview with Willie Brown, Mayor of San Francisco
If you truly want to study America and its culture, you best do so through the medium of politics because you invariably see what really moves and influences and makes the decision how the power is exercised. How its discharged. Whos rewarded. Whos punished. And how the institutions are shaped. And all that comes from politics.
Cut to University of Oklahomas marching band as it marches by.
You could start your tour of American politics not in Washington, but in a place like Norman, Oklahoma, where the only thing bigger than politics is football, and where it helps to have a guide who knows both games equally well. Someone like Democratic party leader, Mike Turpen.
Cut to standup interview with Mike Turpen.
Politics is show business for ugly people. I mean thats why a lot of people get into this thing. Its just all about ego.
Cut to Turpen standing with Ron Shotts, a one time candidate for Governor in Oklahoma.
The difference between a horse race and a political race -- in a horse race, the whole horse runs, in a political race -- you know, yeah yeah whatever (laughs)
Cuts to Turpen greeting Janice Mildren, wife of gubernatorial candidate, Jack Mildren. He is stickered by a woman standing next to Janice.
Hi Mike. How are you?
Im gonna wear those. Hows it going?
Its going great.
Turpen puts his arm around Janice and talks directly to the camera.
The future first lady of the state of Oklahoma right here, Janice Mildren.
Thank you, thank you.
Cut to Turpen with man in tan raincoat, a congressional candidate.
You guys got up early. You gonna win?
Yeah Im gonna win!
The next congressman right here, folks
Good to meet ya. (Puts out his hand)
Cut to Turpen greeting Jack Mildren, candidate for Oklahoma Governor.
Hey, Mike. How come theyre following you around?
The next governor of the state of Oklahoma, Jack Mildren.
Thank you Michael. Thank you. Thanks very much. Alright.
Cut back to Mike Turpen and Ron Shotts
Didnt you run for governor once?
How do you feel about it?
Oh, its going to be a close race it looks like.
Arent you glad you ran and got it out of your system?
Cut to Mildren supporter pulling baby in wagon festooned with Mildren signage.
No matter how jaded some Americans may get about their politics, there will always be people like Mike Turpen.
Young Democrat, thank you. Keep hope alive.
Cut to CU of Mildren baby.
Various shots of Turpen greeting and hugging people.
They are the folks for whom politics is the only game for grownups: happy warriors who know that come what may, there will always be another election in a couple of years.
Cut back to interview with Turpen.
Any great politicians got the good mental Rolodex, I mean he can flip through it that quick know who she is, who he is, where are they from what city, what county and hopefully what their job is, and maybe even how many kids theyve got and if your real good, you say, By the way, wasnt yesterday your birthday?
Cuts to Turpen with gubernatorial candidate, Frank Keating with lower third: (now Governor of Oklahoma)
Folks, this is a guy who hopes to be the next governor of the state of Oklahoma but you just met the guy over there whos gonna be the next governor of the state of Oklahoma.
Wheres that. He isnt here. Missed him entirely. Is that...
For people like Turpen, politics is a real-life carnival that never ends.
Look at this (pointing to Turpens arm).
Turpen and Keating talk to someone off camera.
Oh, Im going to vote for him because personal contact alters opinions. Im gonna vote for him now that I met him. (Laughs)
Keating laughs and walks off camera.
Cut to interview with Turpen as he walks.
You campaign these games, at OU. You campaign the games over at OSU over at Stillwater. You campaign the high school games. Friday Night Lights, thats still a big deal. Now, when I ran for office, not that anybody cares anymore, but my slogan was It's Time for Turpen, it's Turpen Time. So, outside of every one of these stadiums, right here in Norman, outside every stadium, here and in Stillwater, I had people that wore huge clocks, and on the face of their clock it said Turpen Time, It's Time for Turpen, It's Turpen Time.
And they'd walk around these stadiums with these clocks on. And it's hard to get adult people to wear clocks like that. But all those that did, they became Assistant Attorney Generals and that's the way it should be. You know what I'm saying.
Fade to black. Trumpets sound.
Card: Part One, Politics 101. What you have to do to get elected
Opens to interview with Wilma Goldstein, GOP fundraiser and professor of Political Science.
It was at some University in Utah, and one of the professors who was there was the mayor of his small town in California. And finally, by the end of the day when all of us were really getting a little tired of all the five syllable words that were being thrown around, he says, you want to know what politics is? Ill tell you what it is.
He says, its when you get a phone call at 12:30 in the night and one of your constituents calls up and says you get your ass over here and move this dog shit off my lawn. (laughs heartily)
Opens with celebration for Alderman Brian Doherty of Chicago at a local tavern. A live band plays and a young man is doing an Irish jig.
In the movies, the typical politician used to be an Irish-American big-city Democrat, always ready with a smile for your mother and a job for your brother-in-law. You can still find Irish pols in their natural habitat. Although these days, they may have switched parties.
Cut to people in the audience.
Cut to large Doherty campaign sign
Cuts to Doherty schmoozing a small group with a beer in his hand.
Cuts to State Senator Roger McAuliffe at the mike.
I would like to introduce to you now the only Republican Alderman in the city of Chicago and he earned it the hard way by going out and knocking on doors.
Cuts to Doherty, drink in hand, making his way to the mike.
Heres a guy with a lot of guts. Brian Doherty.
Pan to Doherty as he takes the microphone.
Thank you, Roger. Thank you and I just want to say sincerely from my heart, (brief cutaway to watching woman) thanks for all your support through all the years. I dont think well have a problem. We get the vote out and were going to have another victory in about a week. Thank you.
Doherty gets up. Cut to people applauding.
I do have a couple requests.
Cut back to Doherty addressing the crowd.
One is that my father Dan sing us a song and that I get a nice, cold pint of Guinness. Thank you.
Cuts to CU of Guinness tap and beer as audience applauds.
Title: Potholes and Doorbells
Cuts to Dohertys dad in CU belting out an Irish tune.
Narration over Doherty shaking hands at the bar
Brian Doherty is on the front lines of American politics. As one of 50 aldermen on the City Council, hes King of his ward -- the first politician voters call if theres a problem.
Cut to framed photo of Doherty.
Cut to MCU Doherty in white sweater talking with a female constituent
Its a little Toyota passenger pick-up truck.
Parked it on the streets. Never had a problem. Guess what we just got a ticket for?
Truck parking in the--
Residential truck parking. Its an antiquated law.
No, no but wait a second.
Doherty in VO, then sync sitting on a couch in white sweater.
I had one woman call me up and say that a crow was harassing her son on the way home from school. And I said, a crow? and she says, yeah. I said, Well, can you describe the crow? She said, describe the crow? I said, Yeah, we dont want to nab an innocent crow. And she said, Are you making fun of me? And I said, No, maam I wouldnt do that.
Staff member on phone with disgruntled constituent.
You have been having problems personally yourself with the police?
Yeah, thats what I came in there about and some turkey in there called them over here when I want to talk to the Alderman.
OK, so you were coming in initially to discuss this with the Alderman?
Cut to CU Doherty on the couch.
Then you get the gamma ray people coming in occasionally and the CIAs after them and theyre shooting gamma rays into their house and, you know, they seriously believe this. Im an Alderman. Im not really a mental health worker so sometimes to appease them, well tell them to put aluminum foil on the ceiling and (waves his hand) you cant have gamma rays that way (laughter off camera).
Cuts to Doherty walking away down a hall to the waiting room.
The next contestant... Whos next? Whos got the list?
Cuts back to Doherty on couch
Every days an adventure. You never know what might happen. You might be on the phone with a CEO from a Fortune 500 president, and pick up the other line and its Mrs. McGill complaining that she didnt get her garbage can that she ordered, you know, two weeks ago.
Cuts to Doherty reading down a list of names in the waiting room.
Lou, Pete, John. Boy Im a lucky guy. Hey, whats up. How are you?
Shakes hands with a large guy in a red Chicago Bulls sweatshirt and Cubs cap who just walked in the door.
Its the Great Bargain of politics -- vote for me, and youll get something tangible in return.
DOHERTY (to producer)
These guys are here on political business so...
Doherty and visitor walk back down the hall toward the camera. Guy in red sweatshirt waves at the camera.
Because in American politics, the great issues of the day usually take a back seat to more practical matters.
The camera starts to follow them into a room. Doherty turns back and gives us the brush off.
Hes going to see me about some political business.
So you dont want us in.
Doherty pushes the door shut.
Cuts to CU traveling shot of three sets of feet walking down a sidewalk in tandem. Zooms out to MS of group of black volunteers walking a neighborhood.
Multiply Brian Dohertys organization times fifty and you have a real Chicago election.
JOHN CALHOUN (Mayor Daleys Phone Bank) VO
Thousands and thousands of volunteers are out. You have people knocking on doors. You have people hanging signs.
Cut to Rupley knocking on door. Cut to CU of a sign for Frank Avila being stapled to a utility pole in Chinatown
Cuts to sync interview with John Calhoun and John Kolomay in their office at the Mayor Daley campaign phone bank
Theyre involved. Theyre raised that way since they were kids. We were raised in politics. All of us.
Cuts to black woman volunteer for Alderman Beavers, Irene Smith, walking a neighborhood saying Good Morning 6 times in quick succession to an old black woman getting into a van.
Whatever the neighborhood, their purpose is the same.
Irene tells the woman in the van how hard it has been to find people at home that day.
Theyre walking, talking reminders to the voters of all the great things the Alderman has done for them lately.
Cuts to then Alderman Ambrosio Medrano in a black overcoat approaching a woman standing in front of her building and then shaking hands over small talk.
Hi, How are you? Hows everything?
Fine and good luck.
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
I appreciate what youre going to do for us regarding this problem.
Medrano interview over same footage, then in sync on sidewalk.
It happens all over ward, Come on in. I need to talk to you. You know, the sidewalks in front of my house or the street in front of my house, or the alley needs to be re-paved or, you know, somebody stole my garbage can. You know, you can count on me but Id like to know I can count on you.
Cuts to old man in his house being courted by Brian Doherty
If youre ever in a jam here I am.
So, this is my number. You got to put it on the refrigerator. OK? If you need something, you give me a call. If this doesnt, itll come, dont worry about it.
Cuts to two volunteers knocking on a door.
If youre ever in a mess, S-O-S.
Cuts to Nereida, an aide to Alderman Billy Ocasio, offering paint to a potential supporter.
Do you need any paint? Do you want me to get you some paint. The only thing I got white paint. You just buy the dye and mix it up. I can give you white paint.
Yeah, well take some white paint...
Cuts to door-to-door knocking.
If you ever feel so happy you land in jail, Im your bail.
Cuts to Irene interview on street
You know, they used to give out cheese. They used to give out chickens, turkeys, ham...
Doherty knocking on a door.
Medrano shaking hands with an old guy on a street.
Its friendship, friendship. Just a perfect blendship. When other friendships have been forgot...
Cuts to walking interview with a young pony-tailed, bearded volunteer and his aging fellow volunteer.
You know the first reaction is usually go away, you know, stay away from the door. Sometimes they think were Jehovahs Witnesses.
MCU of pony-tail man writing on his tablet in a doorway and then rings the bell.
If youre ever down a well, ring my bell.
Cuts to Roger McAuliffe interview.
They want whatever they can get out of you. You know, if youre willing to go out and shovel the snow off somebodys roof, theyll let you do it, you know. Theyll call up and ask you to do it. And, they come into the office here. They want you to pay their parking tickets. They get mad at you if you dont. And Ive paid a lot of parking tickets in my day.
Cuts back to Irene et al. walking and talking with same black woman with white hat.
When other friendships are up the creek, ours will still be slick.
How long you been here, Miss Young?
Camera zooms in on gesticulating woman as they walk.
Ive been here for 27 years baby. (thats right) And, Im going to still be here. They dont clean out the sewer.
Pans to Irene talking to producer (both women are talking at same time)
So thats why I was telling you about the service beforehand was bad.
I always say when election day comes, thats when we see em.
Like I said thats why Im so happy about...
Long as we dont have no buses. They took all the buses out from us and everything. I wish I had time to talk to you. I could give you a whole book.
Alright. Alright. Well, I got to...
Cut to interview with Al Padalino, volunteer for Alderman Ocasio
Its like a hate/love thing. You know, really no one really likes to get up at 7:00 in the morning on Saturday or Sunday, on your day off, and come in here and try to go out and knock on doors and have our people come in and sign them. But, you know, its like, I dont know, its like a funny thing. You get a high from it.
Cuts to back view of Fred Rupley, a retired salesman who goes door to door for Alderman
He talks to a little girl on a bike.
Your folks home?
The great door-to-door men are in a class by themselves.
Fred Rupley approaches a house and greeting a middle aged man in a t-shirt.
Hi, how are you?
Alright, how are you?
Im a volunteer worker for Alderman Doherty.
Youre familiar with Brian?
Yes I am.
It takes knowledge of the candidate, enthusiasm for his programs, and person to person skills that would make an encyclopedia salesman proud.
Cuts to Rupley sidewalk interview.
First of all, to be a good person to walk a precinct and meet the voters, #1 you should make a good appearance, so in case somebody is a little bit leery about opening the door, if they see a person thats halfway decent, well dressed, theyll open the door. I mean, if you, long hair, stuff like that, it dont work with precincts, especially this type of neighborhood like this.
Rupley begins to walk and talk.
You dont want to intimidate the voter at all. You want em to be comfortable around you.
Rupley says hi to some kids roller skating by.
Cuts to Rupley at a brick house continuing to talk about his method while waiting for someone to answer the door.
You see, a lot of times with older people, I take a step back because they dont see you if youre right up by the door and they want to peek out a little bit over there. So, a lot of times if you stand right there you more or less intimidate the person, so you want to step back a little bit.
Cuts to Rupley ringing another doorbell and then stepping back to wait.
Cuts back to Rupley stepping back from the brick house doorway.
Cuts back to interview with Al Padalino at his desk.
When you go out, you have to expect everything from Hello, how are you to hit the road.
Cuts back to Rupley at another house.
Hi, how are ya?
Camera pans to woman leaning out door.
Hi, good. How are you?
Im a volunteer worker for Alderman Doherty.
No thanks. Not interested.
She closes the door and goes inside.
Not interested, hah? Thank you.
Camera stays on CU of Rupley as he retreats.
Well, we know what that is.
Cut back to interview with Padalino
You name it. Youll get it when you go out there and you have to learn to deal with it. You dont get angry. Youre not out there to be argumentative. You just say, Have a good day. Good morning, maam or sir and you just go on your way.
Cuts to Rupley talking to an older woman, Mrs. Reilly in her doorway.
Im wondering if we can count on your support.
I think you possibly can.
OK, I appreciate that Mrs. Reilly. Bye now.
Camera tracks Rupley as he walks away from the house.
If you ever lose your mind, I will be kind.
That ladys a good, solid plus voter for Doherty but like I was going to say, on my callbacks Ill emphasize the people who are ethnically related to Brian, Ill go after them Irishmen, you know.
Its friendship, friendship...
See that shamrock on the door. I might be wrong but nine out of ten of them are going to be his voters.
Approaches door with shamrock and rings bell.
Ours will still be hot. Good evening, friends.
Circle fade to black. Card: Later that evening, back at headquarters...
Circle fade up to CU of Dohertys hands holding +/- slips.
Cut to Doherty on couch.
These are the +/-/0 slips from the precinct captains, or representatives, whatever you wanna call them. And we can usually gauge pluses as the positive, identified positive voters for us, minuses are negative voters against us and zeros are undecided. Ask David Kahn who the three minuses in my precinct are. I want to find these people.
Cuts to Bill Gritsonis, a Doherty aide, drinking a beer.
OFF CAMERA VOICE
Its the house to your right, its the house to the left and the house directly across from where you live. Those are the three minuses.
Cuts to cigar chomping man and then back to Doherty now standing
Usually at the end it tightens up but it hasnt budged off, it hasnt budged out of a 1 or 2% range in the last month.
So whats the percentage?
OFF CAMERA VOICE
Are you making a prediction?
Am I making a prediction? Well, lets see, uh, with these numbers and from everything else, we have a good election day, were looking at 75% without blinking an eye. We could even get close to 80.
OFF CAMERA VOICE
The mayors going to be riding our coat tails.
Cuts to bundled up woman on snowy day walking the gauntlet to the polling place, getting solicited right and left. Cuts to another woman crossing a street and being bombarded with palm cards and literature. Title: Election Day
OFF CAMERA VOICE
Remember, the peoples choice.
Finally its time for the voters to show their gratitude. But theres still no end to the services the organizations provide.
Cut to an old person being walked by two people down the street. Cuts to Doherty Precinct Captain, Marty Melendez, explaining his plans as he approaches a house.
What were going to do is were gonna try this young lady here. Senior citizen. I try to set it, Im the Precinct Captain here so I try to give her whatever service she cant go out to get. I give her a card and she calls me whenever she needs something.
Cut to Marty climbing stairs.
JOHN KASS VO
The seniors talk about the nice man. You know who the nice man is? The nice man helps them out to vote.
Cut to interview with John Kass, Chicago Tribune reporter.
Hes the nice man that fills out the voting for them. And thats why senior citizen precincts usually are tremendously in favor of whoever is in office at the time. So that the nice man, and Im sure theres hundreds of them in the city, go to seniors homes right before an election and instruct the seniors on what to do.
Back to Melendez negotiating through a door cracked open.
You know, I need your vote and I told you that. I need your vote. Every vote counts.
Elean Straub shouts through door
I know that but Im a sick old lady.
We need you. We need you.
But Im sick.
Clockwise cut effect.
Ill walk with you to the polling place.
Right down the corner.
I cant go out in this bad weather.
Put your hat on and your, and your big overcoat. Want me to carry you?
Cut to interview with State Sen. McAuliffe wearing a cap
Five minutes to six and the polls in those days close at 6 oclock and therell be a guy sitting around the table with his wife and four kids and they didnt vote. A guyll come in and say, Jeez, whatll it take to get you to vote? $30 bucks, $40 bucks, whatever it takes, you know, to get that family to come and vote because that might save their jobs.
Clockwise cutting effect again. Back to Elean and Melendez. Shes outside now.
Cmon hon, please, please come with me. I need your vote. The turnouts arent as good as wed like them to be so every vote counts. Your vote counts. Thats why Im here to get you. Im here to pick you up. Please.
Wait till I put on my blasted shoes.
Ill wait for ya. Well wait for you. OK.
Clockwise thing again. Elean emerging in hat and coat.
I know what you do and what you dont do.
Ill gave you my card. Whenever you need anything you can call me.
I lost it.
You lost it. Well, Ill give you another one. Right here. I have em.
Circular wipe. They make their way off to vote while they negotiate terms.
OK, come on.
That step down there needs fixing.
That step? You need me to get it fixed?
Yeah, you see it?
I could get you the wood. I could get you the wood. You want my labor too, right?
Cut to shot from behind of the two of them walking down the street.
You cant let them see this, ok, cause you cant bring political literature in the polling place.
My memory is absolutely no good.
When other friendships have been forgot, ours will still be hot.
Circle fade to black.
Epilogue: Brian Doherty won a new term with 76% of the vote and Marty fixed the broken step
Open up to interview with Eileen McNamara, reporter for the Boston Globe.
If you actually listen to people, theyre hungry for somebody to tell about the problems in their lives that they cant fix on their own. I mean, thats what politics is. Its community, its the notion that there is a way for us together, to solve what we cant solve alone. And you get peoples votes by asking for them, as Tip ONeill used to say. And, you get it by listening to what their concerns are.
Cut to Ohio State Senator Dennis Kucinich restaurant interview.
You dont see everyone. I mean, I know that going in, I cant possibly meet everyone, but I sure try to. And if its just five seconds, thats OK, cause in those five seconds, I look at people. I look right in their eye, and say something to them, whatever it is, you know if its just Hello, just the words of greeting, people remember that.
Cut to Honolulu mayoral candidate Ann Kobayashi in Hawaii with a lei around her neck handing out potato chips.
The pros call it retailing votes -- selling yourself to the voters one handshake at a time. Perhaps the candidates seek some mystical bond, however fleeting. Or maybe theyre just afraid that the voter they miss could be the one that puts them over the top.
Cut to Brenda Fitzgerald handing out literature to a guy in a parking lot.
Im Brenda Fitzgerald, Im running for Congress in the 7th District of Georgia. I hope youll vote for me this Tuesday. Thank you.
Cut to San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Tom Ammiano in sunglasses, greeting a topless black guy at a street fair.
Can I give you one of my stickers? I dont know where youre gonna put it. (guy laughs) Im running for....Im sure itll be tasteful. Thanks.
Pan to MS Ammiano from behind, saying hello to people on the street.
Cut to Dennis Kucinich greeting a huge, tattooed weight lifting cover model.
My friend here made the cover of Power Lifting Magazine. Look at this. Thats great.
Zoom in to CU of magazine cover.
WEIGHT LIFTER OC
Thats a once in a life-time honor right there, you know...
Thats great. Look at that. What were you lifting in this? How much?
Oh, about 600 pounds.
No kidding. Wow.
Cut to office interview with DJ Leary, Minnesota journalist.
A couple of years ago, there was an election in the city of Duluth. I went and knocked on houses, about a mile apart just to get a feel on the thing. The guy who had been Mayor had been a very good Mayor and I asked em if they were going to vote for him the next day or his opponent. Three of the houses, out of three, said they voting for his opponent. Two of them, when I said Why? said, You know, you didnt come to our church picnic this year. Now thats real retail-politics, and thats kind of the expectation people have.
Cuts to former Texas Governor Ann Richards running the gauntlet of a long line of supporters shaking hands and saying hello.
Perhaps retail politics symbolizes an ideal of equality where we can look our elected officials in the eye and size them up.
Ann Richards and screaming woman.
Ann, Im here from St. Marys. Heres my mama!
For all the candidates who steel themselves to shake hands endlessly, there are always a few who positively thrive in a life lived almost entirely in the public eye.
Cut to posters of Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci being unrolled and pressed on to boards. Cut to a man carrying a large Cianci sign across an empty warehouse.
And so one politicians forced march can be anothers reason for living.
THE KING OF RETAIL
Cut to interview with Providence Mayor Vincent Cianci Jr. at an outdoor park.
Ive been Mayor now, this is my fifth term Ill be running for and thats a long time. And youve really and truly got to want it, youve got to love it, youve got to be dedicated to it, and youve got to like to do what Im about to go do in front of that crowd right now.
Cuts to MS Cianci walking down a sidewalk at a street festival with retainers behind, waving to people off camera. There is music from a live band.
Hey! How are you? How are you?
Cuts to MS of Cianci shaking hands with a beefy looking supporter at a waterfront festival.
How ya doing? Good to see ya.
Cut to Cianci greeting a succession of people in the crowd.
Title: The King of Retail. Providence, RI
Nice to see you. Hows everything going? Great. Wonderful. How ya doing? Great. Great day for this.
Cuts to MCU kitchen interview with Rudy Cheeks, Providence journalist and radio talk show host.
I have a big portrait in my home of Sammy Davis, Jr., and I was looking at it the other day and as Buddy is running this re-election campaign, I thought of how much Sammy Davis Jr, and Buddy Cianci have in common.
Cut to various brief shots of Buddy at outside gatherings repeatedly commenting on the good weather --This is a great day! and greeting people with successive How are yous at a barbecue, inside a bus, etc.
In Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Vincent Cianci, known to all as Buddy, has become, after five terms, a municipal fixture. Like Chicagos Daley or New Yorks LaGuardia, Buddy Cianci is Providence. Few voters can avoid him. He makes sure of that.
Cut to MS Buddy speaking to a young boy with his mother.
How are you? Youre one of my constituents. Whats your name? (Boy holds up three fingers) Three, your name is three.
Cut to MS Buddy greeting a man holding a young boy.MAN HOLDING YOUNG BOY
How ya doin? Ive been getting a millions a letters from you
Of course, I always send letters.
MAN HOLDING YOUNG BOY
I want my tree and sidewalk replaced.
Alright. Take care of that, a tree and a sidewalk.
Cut MS two women dressed in black in a park
Hes done a lot of things for Providence--
He has a passion for the city of Providence.
Yeah, like he loves it.
Cut to a black man with a thick African accent.
MAN WITH THICK ACCENT
Mayor Cianci is kind of a peoples mayor. Yeah, hes always around the corner somewhere. You know what Im sayin? And that is one thing that is good in leadership. Leadership must be able to identify with the followership.
Cut to MS Cianci greeting a young woman.
Did you register to vote yet?
Im going to do it today at the waterfront festival.
(Gesturing to a worker) Hell register you right now. Help her register.
Cut to interview with Cianci on a balcony.
The public is not a stupid public, its a very smart public. And they know what they want and no one is going to fool them. Its a very, very...you know in Texas, they have football and in Rhode Island we have politics and that is our sport.
Cut to MS of female campaign worker at the festival.
One dollar and get a ballot to vote for your favorite politician to kiss that pig! You can see Buddy Cianci kiss Petunia!
Cut to sign of Buddy with pig that says Would you like to see this man kiss Petunia pig?
Ive kissed a lot of pigs in my life. You ought to be kidding me. Am I really winning this election? You know its not fair, cause you have one of my big pictures here and they only have small ones. I should have a small one. I should have one as small as they are.
Dissolve to Cianci kissing Petunia, then pig squeals loudly.
Cut to interview with Cianci in his car
My recognition factor I think the pollster said was 99 percent statewide. 99. I mean, youd have to live in a cave if you dont know who we were now. I was, after twenty years. And all fame and power, I guess, is fleeting. It goes and it comes. And sometimes youll find out, uh, Ive been in and out and back in again. And I can tell you that, when youre out, youre out, most of the time, you know.
Cut to CU Cianci on a cellphone
Hi, Governor. Im down here at the waterfront festival shaking hands.
Cut to MS Cianci walking near the water by display of a large shark
Buddy really understands politics I mean more so, than anything. Hes a political animal.
Look at this shark here huh. Jaws.
Hes a very bright guy and he is not a bad administrator. But I think that, primarily hes political.
Look at that shark. It reminds me of some of my opponents over the years. Some of the members of the City Council looks like it. Not really. Theyre nice guys. How ya doin?
He really likes to press the flesh. He really likes to see people. Buddy Cianci would attend the opening of an envelope.
Cut to MS Buddy dancing with a row of elderly tap dancers in silver outfits.
The citizens of Providence treat Cianci like a successful uncle at a family reunion. He knows everybody and everybody knows his business.
Cut to a luncheon with many elderly women.
MS of one lady at a table
Buddy, how many pounds have you lost?
I lost thirty-six pounds.
Whoa. Looking good. (Applause)
Pan left to Cianci, taking off his blazer and showing off.
Thirty-six, give me some more?
Cut to MS of Cianci with Providence Councilwoman Joan DiRuzzo at the mike on a small stage at a street fair.
LADY WITH THE MIKE
Mayor, besides saying youre looking really good, and you are single, and Im single...
Who knows what might happen? (Laughing)
For Buddy Cianci, not much separates his public and private lives. Nothing is off-limits. Not even the breakup of a nine-year love affair.
Cut to MS Cianci talking with another female supporter
Hows it going?
Shes, uh, getting married today in Barbados or someplace.
Gee, I didnt know that.
Yeah, some other guy. Good luck to her.
Im sorry about that.
Thats ok. See ya later.
Cut to MS of Cianci talking to a man dressed as Uncle Sam. UNCLE SAM
Are you getting married to Wendy?
Nah, Wendys getting married this afternoon in Barbados.
Yeah. Bad move. For me. (To people walking by) Hello. How are you? Thank you. Hasnt been a very good day for me, you know. Hey, good to see ya. Thanks.
Cut to MS Cianci in a car in an interview.
Its kind of a lonely day-to-day, you know. Just alone, going from place to place, from one advance-man to the next one. But if you dont like it, you shouldnt be in it.
Cut to WS from inside of car of streets whizzing by
CIANCI IN VO
My whole life has been this city. So its tough for me to say I dont want to do things in it.
Cut to MS Cianci in car.
Oh, look at this bride. Stop, I wanna say hello to the bride. Isnt that nice?
There will be politicians like Buddy Cianci as long as there are closely-knit towns like Providence.
Cut to MS Cianci walking up a brick path to bride and groomNARRATION
Places where the age of high technology has not broken the bonds between the voters and their elected officials.
How ya doing? Thats the prettiest sight Ive seen. I only see demonstrations here, you know, and riots and things.
How are you doing?
Good to see you.
Good. Ill just give the bride a kiss. Isnt that nice?
Beautiful. Congratulations. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
BRIDE & GROOM
Oh, how nice
LS- trio pause for several seconds and pose for pictures.
Cut to black.
Card: Buddy is now serving his fifth term as mayor. Recently, a poll named him the man Rhode Islanders would most like to date.
Opens with CU Mike Turpen, Oklahoma Democratic party leader, being interviewed outside.
I used to believe that in Oklahoma, you could go to all 77 counties and go to every bean dinner and every fish fry, every Lions Club, Ladies Night, every Court house, every coffee shop. I did it that way, you know the high touch way, you gotta go shake the hands you gotta go talk to the people, and you gotta let somebody shake your hand, look you in the eye, and size you up, that's the Oklahoma way.
Jump cut to Turpen at a different angle.
And then my pollster sat me down once and my TV guy sat me down once and said, Mike, you been to all 77 counties. Youve talked to the people. Youve moved the people. But, youve only met 5% of the people, man. Now you gotta meet the other 95%. Are you ready just to sit down, get on the telephone, raise some money and just get on television?
Cut to interview with Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York.
If they were to put on television a Lincoln-Douglas debate, nobody would watch it in this country. Why? Cause they've got 79 other channels. Bink, wrestling, bink, wrestling in the mud. Nude women. Stay there for a bit. You wanted to go back to a two hour debate between two guys vying for Commissioner of Deeds? So it's television I think.
Cut to black.
Fade up to shots of cameramen coming down a hallway, with Mariachi trumpet music.
Cuts to CA gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Brown walking down same hallway with cameramen filming her.
Dolly shot by cameramen and tripods at an outdoor event.
Technician pinning a lavaliere on Kathleen Brown in a crowd of people.
With more and more Americans living in suburban sprawl, the old ways of person-to-person politicking are less effective. Nowadays, a hands not worth shaking unless there are at least ten cameras there to record it.
Cut to shot of Governor Wilson and another man from behind walking down a hall with being filmed by cameras.
Cut to shots of Brown shaking hands with people and saying Thank you, thank you.
And if you have 35 million hands to shake, youve no choice but to keep your campaign electronic.
Music surges anew as we drive by the Brown bus.
Title: Magical Media Tour. Bakersfield, CA
Cut to Kathleen inside the bus giving an interview to Mark Coogan, a local news reporter.
This is hour sixteen of our twenty-nine hour marathon tour through California. This is like Harry Truman, when he took a whistle-stop tour across California. Were leaving the pollsters, were leaving the pundits, were leaving the consultants behind and were taking my plan to rebuild California to the people.
It will only be any good though if there are cameras waiting at the stops in the middle of the night.
Hey, we got cameras right here. This is for 1996, theyre looking at the future, youre today, and...
Thats the problem.
So if you can dream up a stunt that will pull in coverage for free, well thats fewer TV commercials you have to pay for.
Cuts to Kathleen Brown exiting bus at a campaign stop and shaking hands.
Cut to CU Amy Wallace and Mitchell Benson, two print reporters, on the tour bus.
Its twenty-nine hours to bring the campaign back to the people, thats what I think its about. Is that right?
Twenty-nine hours to bring the campaign back to the people, bring the people back into the system, and..
...turn the lights on..
...turn the lights on, and shed the demons, and uh...
...talk about the plan.
Talk about the plan.
Cut to MS Kathleen Brown talking to reporters, with a crowd of supporters behind her holding signs.
I have a written economic plan to rebuild California.
Zoom into close-up of plan
Pete Wilson has no plan.
Cut to Brown back on the tour bus talking to reporters.
Ive got a written plan to rebuild California. That is unconventional in this day and age in California. My opponent only has thirty-second spots.
Cut to MS Mitchell Benson.
As someone who accompanied Kathleen Brown to a lamb slaughterhouse several months ago, and nearly lost my breakfast, lunch and dinner on the slaughterhouse floor, Ive got a horrible feeling that weve got another dead-animal stop on this trip. (laughter)
Cut to brief WS of turkeys hanging along a rod as they are processed.
Cut to shot from inside of darkened bus. A man, presumably a campaign worker, climbs onto bus, as a female campaign worker asks him a question.
FEMALE CAMPAIGN WORKER
Can you tell me what cameras are out here please?
MALE CAMPAIGN WORKER
What cameras are out here?
FEMALE CAMPAIGN WORKER
Yeah, what stations are here? Do you know?
MALE CAMPAIGN WORKER
Um, no. I think 24...
FEMALE CAMPAIGN WORKER
Theres five of them? Thats fine.
Cut to Brown and cameras in a hallway at Zackie Farms.Cut to Kathleen Brown speaking to a couple of seated workers at the plant.
We start the plant.
Well, you start the plant, great...
Nine oclock last night.
Nine oclock last night. Well, we started at 8 a.m. yesterday morning. Have you gotten a chance to read my plan to rebuild California? Well, let me give that to you.
Cut to various shots of Brown greeting workers at the plant. They are surrounded by TV lights and cameras. Cut to MS cameraman shooting the scene.
It may look like retail politics and it may sound like retail politics, but the players are merely props in a larger show, for customers who are hundreds of miles away, hopefully watching on their TVs. Whats left is ritual.
Cut to CU local cameraman
I dont really like it that much. I dont think its really that important, considering we have a ten oclock news, this is three oclock in the morning, were gonna be showing this ten oclock tonight , and I think its really not that important, you know. Just because its their last stop in Fresno before the election, thats the only reason were here.
Somebody must have thought it was important
Oh, sure, the guy that assigns things and is still in bed right now, he thinks its important.
Cut to WS of bus driving towards and past cameraman.
Cuts back to bus and Kathleen Brown phone interview.
Yes you can call me Kathleen. It is a big party, weve got cookies and water and diet drinks and a lot of cameras and reporters. We are seeing California the old fashioned way.
Cut to WS of skyline whizzing by on a bridge, as the tour bus passes through view of camera.
Cut to WS of a crowd of supporters standing in a plaza holding up a banner.
Why are you doing in the middle of a plaza?
Were background. Were background for Kathleen Browns interview upstairs.
Shes getting interviewed up there. Were the background. Theyre shooting this way and they can see us standing here as shes being interviewed. See, its a visual thing.
Cut to clip of interview with Kathleen Brown with supporters in background, boxed in red.
Thats why Im out on the road, thats why Ive been in a bus for twenty-four hours, thats why Ive got a written economic plan endorsed by economists, business leaders, law enforcement, and educators.
Cut to MS another local cameraman outside the building in San Francisco with his camera on his shoulder.
So what happens now? Is this gonna be on the news tonight?
This? Oh, yeah, Ill be editing it, so well put on a little bit of each stop. The whole thing will be a minute thirty. Twelve hours condensed into a minute thirty.
Cuts to news anchor introducing bus tour survivor/reporter. Divided screen with live shot.
Eyewitness News reporter Mark Coogan is live now with us from San Francisco with the full story. Mark?
Coogan live shot.
Well, Gene, since 7 am yesterday in Sacramento, Kathleen Brown has been on the move.
Cuts to package of bus tour with footage of Brown at campaign event at Universal City, the bus, news crews, etc.
Cuts to CU of Brown on the phone from the bus.
We are seeing California the old fashioned way.
Cuts to Fresno campaign stop with lots of cameras at Zackie Farms.
3 am in Fresno and a media jackpot. 5 TV cameras are waiting at the Zackie Farms chicken processing plant where the graveyard shift is on lunch break.
Cut to shot of Brown being interviewed by several reporters. Fade to fuzzy TV static.
Sound of TV reporters summary remains.
Fade to black: The following week, Kathleen Brown pulled her campaign ads off the air for lack of money. She lost to Pete Wilson, 57 to 39 percent.
Opens with Rudy Cheeks interview.
The one thing that weve become expert at is marketing. And politicians, not unlike soft drinks or anything else, just are marketable commodities.
Cuts to Nancy Bocskor interview. She is a GOP fundraiser.
Ive always told candidates that its 95% image and only 5% issue. And I wish I could tell you that wasnt true. I wish that the electorate would decide on whether or not theyre going to vote for a candidate because of his or her stand on taxes, the economy, whatever. And actually its whether they not, whether or not a voter likes a persons smile, whether a person was friendly when they first met him...
Cuts to Bill Simpson interview. Simpson is a Washington lobbyist and former political operative in Mississippi.
I was talking to a political guy in Mississippi one time, and we were talking about issues, and we were talking about the good ones and the bad ones and the weak ones and the strong ones and the vote getters and the non-vote getters and all that, and he said to me, Bill you take all the issues and give em to the other guy, give me a devil to beat.
Cut to WS of guy stealing a womans purse with sound of still camera clicking photos.
BARRY BARON OC
That was absolutely perfect!
Camera pulls back to include Baron, freelance photographer for GOP causes.
Ha ha can't do any better! He's got this maniacal devil look you know.
Camera circles around the scene.
Oh, Cut. (laughs) I'm sorry. You have to say cut or they dont do it and they're union or something. I don't know.
For as long as politics has been practiced in America, theres also been a dark side to getting the voters attention.
Cut to MS of Baron acting out scene for actors.
We catch the eggs flying in mid-air and all this kind of thing and then the reality really becomes real. I mean, it really happens.
For candidates with a law-and-order message, a staged crime scene may be just the thing for direct mail.
Cut to WS of guy stealing womans purse.
Goes into still frames of scene of guy stealing womans purse with sounds of camera and then into real time as the guy runs past the camera and camera follows him over to Baron.
The first thing you do when you go home is probably look at your mail. You sit over the trash can in the kitchen and you sort it out and you get all the bills and put them over there and sometimes I throw the bills away but not really. And junk mail goes by you. Well political mail sometimes to most people looks like junk mail.
CU of ad "tired of being stepped on by politicians" camera pulls out to full shot of it
But it you can get a piece of mail into somebodys hands and it has a question, what will you do?
Cut back to Baron with actor
You have got to open that page out of sheer curiosity, human, human interest and if you get that 12 seconds, they've sold you.
CU of still photo of woman fighting off the 2 guys trying to steal her purse- one guy has a gun.
WS of same ad with text Because of liberal politicians like Dianne Feinstein, career criminals are paroled to commit crimes again and again, with sound of camera clicking.
CU of guy with nylon over his face holding gun close to the camera
WS of above image in ad with text "Republican Rob Romain thinks this guy should be in jail"
CU of woman falling, with purse in foreground being stolen.
WS of same image with text "Crime is out of control. We can watch or we can do something about it.
Cut back to photo shoot. Baron is sitting behind the camera.
Make sure the purse is in your left hand and you can fly with it. (Laughs) One of those kind of things if you want to do that.
I'm not worried about it being abused.
Cut to MS of above actress standing with the two other actors
Basically I trust Barry- he's fairly conservative and I am too.
Cut to WS of Barry demonstrating the action of the thief stealing her purse with the actress.
Doing this as a freelance actress I feel like I can help out in my own little way
Cut to of actress and Baron showing her how to fall with her grocery bag.
Just as long as were not the next Willy Horton thats thats my...
Do you guys get that? Willy Horton?
WS of woman actress being attacked by the two actors with guns.
BILL SIMPSON VO
If you can put something before them that scares them, that they think is against their best interest--
In background Baron giving directions.
Look at the gun, look at the gun, look at the gun.
Cut to interview with Bill Simpson, former Mississippi political operative, now a Washington lobbyist.
Then I think that they will vote against that kind of a picture if you present it to em and I think thats why negative campaigning works.
Cut to attack ad on Ernesto Ancira.
Ernesto Ancira lied. Just like a used car salesman. Ancira lied about Gregory Lunas position on crime. The police denounced Ancira. He lied about Gregory Lunas ...
Cut to MS of Hank Sheinkopf, Democratic media consultant, on the phone at his desk feet up on the desk with lap top in the foreground.
First order for business is to get one spot written to get it around to get it produced and to get up on the air with a target of Tuesday, OK? Lets get me that material. Let Austin and I talk about it and lets figure it out from there alright? (sits up in chair and puts glasses on) No fucking around guys. We'll make this guy bleed. I dont know if I can win it for you but I love your brother and you've been my friend and we'll do the best we can.
Dissolve to CU Sheinkopf on the phone
Hank Sheinkopf devises media campaigns for aspiring Mayors, Presidents, Judges and Congressmen.
No that idiot, that idiot Republican Congressman on the coast.
His sworn mission: to vanquish Republicans at every turn.
I got stuff going up starting next Wednesday, for that woman Weiner whos going to bust his ass. Because hes one of those Nazis that have just been...
Cut to CU Sheinkopf in kitchen interview.
You know I have a reputation of being a tough guy. Well I am. I've fought for everything Ive gotten in life but that doesn't mean that I ought to become a Republican, and say, Well I fought for it you, get off your ass and fight for it too. It means I have an obligation to do whats right and I think Im involved in important things. I think telling a powerful no for little guys, which is something I like to do, is important.
Back of Sheinkopf walking in between columns and opens the glass doors into the courthouse Lower third: Alabama State Courthouse 8 a.m.
Were going into the chiefs office.
MS shot of Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Sonny Hornsby putting a book into the bookcase and turning towards Sheinkopfs TV cameras (he's in profile)
My opponent has accused me of negotiating a secret deal to stack our courts -- that is absolutely not true.
Cuts to a wider straight on shot with the camera pulling back to include the camera crew
Lower third: Chief Justice Sonny Hornsby
But I do support the state's settlement for two good reasons: #1 it keeps the federal government from taking over your state courts, and #2 it keeps you from losing your right to vote on all of the judges. I trust you.
Camera has panned over to Sheinkopf looking down at monitor.
MS of monitor.
I trust you. I trust you. I trust you.
Sheinkopf giving direction.
I trust you, buh buh buh buh buh. Pause, Sonny. The Courts belong to you.
Cuts to Director with gesticulating fists.
You know this. Just preach it, preach it.
Cuts to reaction shot of Hornsby smiling.
Cuts to Sheinkopf at shoot standing by lights.
Whats really going on here is that these fancy-assed boys are conspiring with the fools in Washington to try to destroy us and telling you thats OK. Well, Im not going to let that happen. And Ill do anything I can to stop em including kicking em in the ass. I mean, thats really what youre saying but you cant say that.
Cuts to Hornsby smiling. Pan to the director looking at the monitor.
Thats the argument.
Sonny, just stand still in place for me a minute. Just look at camera.
Alabama politics are the purest in the country, cause you always know who the enemy is. And that's I guess why I fit so well down here. My competitors used to say--
Cut back to kitchen interview with Sheinkopf.
How do you get down there? You don't talk like them, you know, obvious meaning, Hello, kike from NY, you're not supposed to be there, I don't mind that. They used to call me kike I used to hit em on the head with a baseball bat. And I've done it, and I'm known for it.
Cut to WS Hornsby reciting his lines to himself in the corner
My opponent has accused me. My opponent has accused me of negotiating a secret deal.
Cut to MCU Sheinkopf on the phone.
Congressman, I think the following is going to happen. I think that 3 and a half weeks out, if he has enough money, he's going to bang your brains in. He's going to call you a tax and spend liberal, a Bill Clinton surrogate, one of the Washington insiders. And at that point, the day he opens his mouth you have to be prepared to kick the shit out of this guy and leave him dead in the street. But in order to lay that in youve got to have enough positive information to make that work.
Cut back to WS of Hornsby shoot with Hornsby in the far background and Sheinkopf in foreground watching the monitor
I trust you to decide cases as jurors and to elect your judges. The courts belong to you.
Sheinkopf turns to Director and shakes his hand.
Cuts to MS of Hornsby.
Thats very good. Thats it. Thats the one.
Last take. Thats the one. Thats it.
Lets quit now. Yall say, thats a wrap. Thank you. Thank you.
Cut to Hornsby on monitor
Lower third: Editing Room. Austin, Texas
It keeps you from losing your right to vote on all the judges. I trust you.
I mean, can we just animate him or do something? He looks like a fucking dead man up there, I mean, you know.
Sonny Hornsby, working for justice.
Cuts to MCU profile shot of Sheinkopf in editing room.
I think that that fucking close out blows and what I want to do.
Ill re touch it.
Lets get him freezed and squeezed to right corner, matte it and get the logo in. Alright? And then, lets get it out.
Sheinkopf walks off camera.
Cuts to CU Sheinkopf interview with temporary filing cabinet behind.
You got to do this stuff in a way thats, kind of ironically, is entertaining, that brings people in, forces them to want to be involved, because youve got three seconds and then theyre gone.
Cuts to editing room monitor and another cut of the Hornsby ad.
Circuit Judge Perry Hooper Sr. put convicted felon Jerry Hamilton back on the streets and stopped a District Attorneys effort to revoke Hamiltons probation. He personally intervened with another judge to free Hamilton and he signed a bank note so that Hamilton could buy a car, perhaps the same car he used in the kidnapping and murder of young court reporter, Missy DeVaughn?
Cut to CU Sheinkopf interview in the kitchen
The public sits around all day long and says Negative campaigning this, negative campaigning that. Its bad, its bad, its bad. Its like pornography. You know? Everybody says pornography is bad. My question is, how do you know what pornography is? And the average person will look at you and say, I don't look. I never saw pornography. Let me see some. No, I'm not looking at that. You know? But they look.
Cut to CU Sheinkopf on phone, reading from a script.
SHEINKOPF ON PHONE
You sent Shirley Brown to Tallahassee because you wanted change. That's exactly what she's doing. Re-elect Representative Shirley Brown. Changing the way Tallahassee does business. That's good, Mitch.
Cut to CU profile Sheinkopf still on the phone
Steve Brewer, as prosecutor sent rapists and murderers to prison. A husband, father of four, No, he's not a husband, he's husband, right?
Cut back to editor and then back to Sheinkopf
I'd like to have rapists, murderers to prison, or murdering rapists. You know, if we're gonna take blood, I want to take real blood.
Cut to CU Sheinkopf on phone
SHEINKOPF ON PHONE
Women and children, period. Don't fuck around, get to the..no, go to the point.
Cut to MS Sheinkopf, on phone
SHEINKOPF ON PHONE
Come on, Mitch, I want to eat.
Cut to MS Sheinkopf
Come on, Mitch. I got work to do.
Cut to CU Sheinkopf on the phone
protecting you is all that matters. Thats very good Mitch.
Cut to CU profile Sheinkopf on phone
SHEINKOPF ON PHONE
That's pretty good, you know. I like that.
Cut to TV monitor, with words "Why did Perry Hooper protect Hamilton?"
ANNOUNCER ON TV
Why did Perry Hooper protect Hamilton? What hold did Hamilton have on Hooper?
More shots of edited images on monitor.
You got to force the action. That's what this business is about. It's about combat.
Cut back to interview with Sheinkopf
Power doesn't give up anything. My business is getting power for people or holding onto power for people who know how to use power. And in that context, the only way you win is by combat. This is war.
Cut to TV monitor running campaign commercial
ANNOUNCER ON TV
Do you want Perry Hooper to be Chief Justice of our Supreme Court?
Cut to MS Sheinkopf, holding phone
Somebody's gotta avenge this shit, you know? I'm serious, that's my job. I'm the avenger. I'm serious. These are bad people. Fuck you, Mitch. (hangs up phone)
Fade to black.
Cut to Lynn Nofziger interview. He worked as a political advisor for the Reagan administration.
Maybe politics has gone down but when you look back at old presidential elections, for example, you will find there was a lot of mudslinging in those. It just wasnt as graphic. I mean, they had to do it verbally rather than pictorially.
Pleasant piano music rises up.
Intertitle: If TV had been around 200 years ago (Taken from actual campaign literature)
Cuts to anti-Jefferson ad with histrionic visuals.
A nation destroyed, dwellings in flames, grey hairs bathed in blood, female chastity violated, children writhing on the pike and halbert.
It happened in France. But it could happen right here in America if Thomas Jefferson is elected President.
Murder, robbery, rape, and incest will be openly taught and practiced. The soil will be soaked in blood and the nation black with crimes.
Great God of compassion and justice, shield our country from destruction. Vote Federalist.
Paid for by the Adams 1800 Committee. Alexander Hamilton, Treasurer.
Fade to black
So, what is the best way to win elections?
Cut to interview with San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
Ive participated in campaigns where I have outspent the other side three to one. I have put more mail and more of everything into the hands of voters and never really reached the voters. So what you really have to do is you have to do it all.
You have to do television, you have to do radio, you have to do specialty mail, you have to door-to-door, you have to do general mail, you have to do voter registration. And then you pray.
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