Inside Move: GOP uses ‘9/11’ strategy

Boxer bashing puts Moore in same league as Clinton

Fahrenheit 9/11” is making itself felt in politics, but not in the way most would suspect. California’s state Republican party is using Michael Moore to attack Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is facing re-election this fall in a race against challenger Bill Jones.

With the George W. Bush-bashing “Fahrenheit” doing boffo biz, most Republican officials have been content to ignore the doc. But in the state GOP’s press release, Moore is put in the same league as Hillary Clinton as “the most liberal elite the East Coast has to offer.”

The release reprints several incendiary Moore quotes and one from Clinton and asks “Is Boxer just trying to look cool to her liberal donors or does she endorse some of the radical statements of her liberal buddies?”

Asked if this means the party now believes Moore speaks with as loud a political voice as Clinton, party spokeswoman Karen Hanretty didn’t want to give the documaker too much credit. “In the long term, Michael Moore will not have nearly the legacy as Hillary Clinton,” she said. “But in the short term because Barbara Boxer is running for re-election, she should have to answer for the opinions of the people she endorses.”

The Boxer-Moore connection stems from her supposed attendance at last week’s D.C. screening of “Fahrenheit.” At the time PR for the film said she was there. But Boxer’s campaign press secretary said Thursday that Boxer wasn’t able to attend because of business at the Senate.

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