Sunday, September 07, 2008

Falling in love

In today's LA Times, Diana Wagman writes "Once upon a time in politics ..." She concludes this way.

In 1984, I was a production assistant for a political media consultant. We had many Democratic clients, from a candidate for state Senate to Walter Mondale. We wrote campaign slogans and produced 30-second spots like mini-movies that spun the candidates' narratives precisely. We told their stories honestly, but we made them as dramatic as possible. As Alfred Hitchcock famously said, "What is drama, but life with the dull bits cut out?" It was after my year in politics that I moved to Hollywood. The kind of storytelling that happens here feels more honest.

Some years ago, Dan Klein wrote "The People's Romance: Why People Love Government (As Much as they Do)".

These past two weeks we have seen that some people also love politics and political conventions and candidates. Any kind of love (with the possible exception of the family dog) can be tricky. A follow-up to Klein's story is that falling in love with politicians can be very tricky. There are these clay feet