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Movie Review: Bush's Brain

Alternate Title: The Devil Incarnate

Story: KA-POW! That's the sound of my head exploding after seeing this documentary about Karl Rove.

Directors Joseph Mealey and Michael Shoob bravely take on political operative, take no prisoner's, Karl Rove from the book, Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential by James C. Moore and Wayne Slater (both appear in the film).

The talking heads (many from Texas) methodically trace Rove's life from college Republican up and comer, through the smarmy good ol' boy world of Texas politics. By the time he met George W. Bush he had already established himself in the dirty world of behind the scenes smear campaigns and George W. Bush had no experience and could easily be molded into a winning candidate who would stay on message.

The ugly gamut of campaigns that involved Karl Rove are covered including: Ann Richards, Max Cleland, John McCain and the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. If I were a betting gal I would put money down that Rove was the one who told Robert Novak about Valerie Plame. Only time (and a new administration will tell).

Finally - dirty politics really work. If the electorate ever realizes this we will all be better off. Go out and vote.

Predilection: I am a political junkie and combine that with my love of documentaries - I am there.

Soap Box: The RNC Convention in town this week has gotten my dander way up. The following are some of things that I need to get off of my chest.

1. This prolonged war is being waged for politics not policy and is treasonable.

2. The continued marketing of 'fear' as a political tool is shameful.

3. The marketing (and profiting) from the Sept 11th attacks is disgraceful.

4. The Left is not as good as the Right when it come to dirty politics. What the heck is the matter with us?

5. I think sexual activity is private and the Gov't should get the hell out of our bedrooms.

6. The speakers at the RNC convention are the moderate wing of the party and are being paraded on stage as if they actually have any power. They do not!

7. The ongoing sirens, police presence, news trucks and constant hovering of helicopters outside my window are making me a little more edgy than usual. By next week when things get back to normal I will be better. Thanks for listening.

Critters: Some cattle (many scenes take place in Texas).

Food: Probably the same cattle as above.

Blatant Product Placement: George W. Bush is Karl Rove's product.

Soundtrack: Weak

Theater Audience: About twenty retired anarchists like me.

Squirm Scale: Karl Rove is the squirmiest guy I have seen in a long time.

Tissue Usage: I cry for all of us.

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: Tacking on a sad segment at the end about a soldier's death in Iraq was beside the main point of the film.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine. There's a whole lot of these films that are available these days (if your blood pressure can handle it).

Length: 90 minutes.