Political Panorama: The Weekend

“Bobby,” expanding to 1,667 screens this weekend, brings back devastating memories for Tom Hayden, who says of RFK’s assassination, “I feel anger, which I am not over, and loss, which I am not over.” The Los Angeles Times had invited him to a screening to get his reaction. Bill Weisel, who was working for ABC News covering the RFK campaign and was one of the five others shot that night at the Ambassador, says he won’t go see the film because he objects to the way fictional characters are inserted into history.

Robert Altman, who died Monday, was convinced that Bush would lose in 2004, and although he was wrong, what he said about the war in Iraq unfortunately still resonates. He told Slate’s Dana Stevens: “Every day this continues, two, three American soldiers, two more are dead, six more are dead…and eventually that’s going to add up to a figure that resembles the mileage between here and Mars.”

Sacha Baron Cohen, in a rare out-of-character interview in Rolling Stone, says that by Borat “being anti-Semitic, he lets people lower their guard and expose their own prejudice, whether it’s anti-Semitism or an acceptance of anti-Semitism.” But Charles Krauthammer of The Washington Post challenges the Cohen’s argument as “an unintentionally revealing demonstration of the unfortunate attitude many liberal Jews have toward working-class American Christians, especially evangelicals.”

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