The Early Word on “Recount”

Updated

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

The Politico’s Mike Allen reports that HBO’s upcoming telepic “Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election,” includes Al Gore’s “classic” election-night line to George W. Bush: “Excuse me, but you don’t have to get snippy about it.”

After a D.C. screening at the home of Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, he writes, “The Katherine Harris character gives away the Democratic slant (to say nothing of the impression that the election was stolen).”

The pic gives a less-than-flattering impression of Warren Christopher, who led Gore’s legal team. Allen says that Christopher is portrayed “as a clueless priss going into a heavyweight bout.” (Note that he didn’t use the word “pansy.”)

The script got some early raves, and the pic has some obvious connective tissue to the current Democratic nomination battle and the controversy over the seating of the Florida delegation. But it’s hard to see a premium cable movie swaying public opinion one way or another. Plus state party leaders pushing for a resolution don’t need any reminders of the 2000 episode.

Franken’s Taxes: Al Franken has paid $70,000 in back taxes and penalties after a dispute arose in his Minnesota Senate race over his failure to make payments in 17 states where he owed income. He had made speeches and appearances in those states, but Franken says his accountant failed to pay the appropriate taxes owed each state.

Vin’s Endorsement: Vin Diesel appears in a Dominican Republica commercial urging a vote for President Leonel Fernandez.

Card Carrying Liberal: Matthew Modine launches new group, then debates Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Unfortunately, he blurts out what appears to be the “N” word.

Arianna Frozen Out?: Arianna Huffington has heard that she is being banished from NBC News because of criticism she levels against Tim Russert in her new book, “Right is Wrong,” reports the New York Post. NBC News’ Phil Griffin, however, tells the Post: “I know some people have issues with her as a guest, but it has nothing to do with the book.” Huffington has leveled criticism at Russert for quite some time in her Huffington Post columns.

Ricky in D.C.:
Ricky Martin launched a new campaign to end human trafficking in Latin America.

Maya’s Ad: Hillary Clinton’s campaign unveiled a new inspirational ad to air in North Carolina featuring Maya Angelou.

God Bless: Today marks the 35th anniversary of the first time that a president has invoked the words “God Bless America” in a public speech, David Domke and Kevin Coe note on Time.com. The context: Richard Nixon’s announcement that three top adminstration officials, including John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman and Attorney General Richard Kleindienst were resigning in the brewing Watergate scandal. What was the singer most associated with the words “God Bless America” doing around that time. Well, she was doing a medley of Beatles songs with Cher and Tina Turner.

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