That, and other news, in today’s (Oprah-free) Political Panorama.
General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will appear in an hour-long exclusive interview tonight on Fox News with Brit Hume. Fox News is pre-empting “Hannity & Colmes” for the 9 p.m. (EDT) interview, the first since Petraeus and Crocker deliver their long-awaited Iraq progress report to Congress.
As MoveOn runs ads to counter Petraeus’ testimony (“General Betray Us”), one of the more interesting commentaries comes from Matthew Dowd, President Bush’s campaign strategist in 2004, who writes on HuffingtonPost that leaders should pay attention to what the public thinks.
“The public is waiting for leaders from both political parties to stand up to the president and say enough is enough. They would like this situation resolved — and soon — and there is no other solution acceptable to them other than bringing the troops home. The public will support leaders who would use funding decisions as a way to encourage and push the president to resolve this situation quickly.”
The Petraeus report will inevitably dominate the news today — and it is bound to be much discussed at various panels at the Toronto International Film Festival, where a slew of politically themed-projects are unspooling. Cate Blanchett even found a political bent in her movie, “Elizabeth — The Golden Age,” about England’s 16th century queen, noting her religious tolerance.
At one point, Code Pink protesters disrupted the proceedings.
Sundance Politics: Robert Redford’s upcoming “Lions for Lambs” is the actor-director’s most politically charged movie since the 1970s and the days of “All the President’s Men,” “Three Days of the Condor” and “The Candidate.” The New York Times’ David M. Halbfinger writes that the movie, which stars Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, is “harsh in its judgments of politicians, journalists, media conglomerates, young people — in short, everyone, except those who volunteer to fight for their country.”
“In Mr. Redford’s telling the film is ‘about what we’re fed, and what we choose to eat.’ But he too expressed some concern that ‘America doesn’t like to look at itself.’
‘That’s why Carter got booted,’ he said. ‘He had the gall to tell people, ‘We’re not doing so good.’ That’s why Reagan got elected: ‘Morning in America.’ ”
Jane Wyman Dies: Ronald Reagan’s ex-wife, Jane Wyman, died today at age 93. Her marriage to Reagan pre-dated his political career, but she rarely if ever spoke of Reagan, apparently tired of the endless gossip about their marriage. She declined to comment even as her career was resurrected during his presidency with the series “Falcon Crest.” One of her last roles was in 1993, when she played the mother of Michaela Quinn on the pilot movie for “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
Jake’s Take: In Toronto for the pic “Rendition,’ Jake Gyllenhaal said in an interview with the Toronto Star, “As an actor I’m always interested in the human side of politics. The thing about this movie is that everybody believes they’re acting out of the best intentions. They all think they’re doing some kind of good. And they’re all acting on what they’ve been told.
“But who’s to say what you’re being told is the truth?” adds Gyllenhaal. “I think people question whether they’re being told the truth in situations like this. And who can blame them? Even worse, a lot of people have even lost the want for the truth.”