“Man from Plains” is the latest Hollywood-bred documentary that attempts to restore the luster of presidential candidates who have found themselves on the wrong side of the electoral divide. In other words, they’re winners, not losers; ahead of their time, not behind it.
“Mr. Conservative.” (2006). Barry Goldwater was the true conservative — he wanted government out of people’s lives, period. His 1964 campaign may have bordered on lunacy, but his reputation was restored as an elder statesman of the Senate, XXX and a man who today may be considered a liberal.
Surprise revelation: Hillary Clinton, talking about being a Goldwater girl; Goldwater’s gay grandson on why his grandfather hated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight.”
Net effect: Released just before the 2006 elections, it reminded anyone who saw it how far away the GOP had drifted from its roots.
“One Bright Shining Moment.” (2005) George McGovern really was the democratic wing of the Democratic party. He stuck to his principles — Vietnam was a lost cause, Nixon was a crook — but still lost.