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Stoking It: Whitman Camp Debuts Film of Brown-Clinton Feud

With former President Bill Clinton appearing with Jerry Brown (along with Gavin Newsom) today, Meg Whitman’s campaign is debuting a new short, “The Way We Were: Starring Jerry and Bill.” They are having the “world premiere” of the project at LA Live — certainly to try to upstage the Clinton visit — at LA Live with Clint Howard (brother of Ron) and State Sen. Tony Strickland as hosts.

“It is a guaranteed blockbuster that explores the timeless themes of jealousy, revenge, retribution and redemption for political expediency,” the Whitman campaign says. “We finally put Bill and Jerry in their rightful place in the history of famous tortured couples, from Liz and Dick to Jen and Brad.”

Joe Mathews writes on the Daily Beast that the Clinton and Brown visit could very well trigger excruciating memories, which he runs through here.

Update: The 8-minute movie, made by Whitman campaign staffer Ben Price, was a one-time only screening, but the campaign has posted many of the clips here.

The event itself gathered a number of Students for Whitman before they did phone banking, but the campaign did obtain theater space at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live.

The campaign provided popcorn, balloons, even gift bags for attendees, and a logo for the movie itself: A broken heart with photos of Clinton and Brown on each end.

The theme was that Clinton and Brown had shown such animosity in the past that the only reason for their event tonight was political expediency.

“I’d bet you dollars for donuts that they’d never ever vote for each other,” Howard said.

Here’s a scene from the movie, via the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci, who also was there.

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