Mob Mentality

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Hillary Clinton’s “Sopranos” spoof has been dissected in media circles, warped into a “Star Wars” riff on You Tube and analyzed for its political gamesmanship. In other words, it’s had the desired effect — people are still talking about it. It was the perfect handoff as the campaign sought new web content with the end of its theme-song Internet voting. (The choice of songs — hmmm…)

What it all does is, obviously, is help humanize Hillary, one of the biggest hurdles that the campaign faces in ’08.  As a friend of mine simply put it last night, the perception is that “Hillary is all substance and no style, while Obama is all style and no substance.” The video, with its production values and sense of timing, also sets the bar higher for the other campaigns to produce something as effective — and something that also is entertaining. By the time that campaigns finally get around to blanketing Iowa and New Hampshire and other early states with advertising, the standard, feel-good 30-second spots may just not cut it anymore.

In that same vein,  Clinton’s fellow New Yorker, Rudy Giuliani, avoided critquing on the video, but he did “prefer my Godfather imitation.” Before 9/11, he made a name for himself fighting the Mafia.

And while the Clintons got Johnny Sack to appear in their video, they couldn’t get Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt). He’s for Obama.

As Scheduled:
There was some fear yesterday as to whether a slew of fund-raising events would have to be cancelled or postponed because of Senate voting, but things got wrapped up on Thursday, freeing up schedules. The money race continues.

“Sicko” Substance: With “Sicko” premiering today in some major cities, plenty of politicians are jumping on he Michael Moore bandwagon. But noticeably absent, save for Dennis Kucinich, are ’08ers. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the field of hopefuls walks a fine line between cozying up to the controversial Moore, whose proposals are much more radical than theirs, and turning off the liberal base.

Cinematorial Accuracy: Editors from The Wall Street Journal say “A Mighty Heart” offers a fair and accurate portrayal of Daniel Pearl.

Devoted to Dodd: Singer Paul Simon campaigns with Chris Dodd in Iowa on July 6 and 7.

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