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Inside the Beltway: August whets the Democratic appetite
Here’s a film called “disarmingly jaunty” by The Hollywood Reporter and a must-see, “eye-opening documentary” by Variety. Wait, what? These reviews are coming in for a new film about Richard M. Nixon from a pair of creatives who want their audiences to “re-examine” the legacy of the 37th president.
Behold, it’s “Our Nixon,” which debuts on CNN at 9 p.m. Thursday, with limited release in commercial theaters in September.
Co-producers Brian Frye and Penny Lane created their feature-length documentary from 500 reels of personal Super 8 home movies of the life and times of President Nixon, from 1969 to 1973. Most notable are those who actually shot the footage: Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman, and special assistant Dwight Chapin. The film footage had long been retained by the National Archives.
“The personal footage reveals a multidimensional president and staff who were heartbreakingly earnest, idealistic and naive — as well as self-protective, suspicious and cynical,” Ms. Lane says. “Our goal was to invite viewers to re-examine their prior assumptions about Nixon and come to their own conclusions about what that era means.”
There’s also newsreel footage, recordings of Nixon’s phone calls and meetings, and a closer look at the White House press corps, which had evolved into something “wary, suspicious and ultimately hostile.” The film airs four times a day on CNN on select days through Aug. 11.
REPUBLICANS RIPE FOR RIGHT
There are timely new findings from Republican voters themselves that reveal the majority wants the party to move right.
An ambitious Pew Research Center survey reveals that 67 percent of those GOPers say the party must address “major problems” while 6 out of 10 say it must reconsider some positions. But the big number: 54 percent of Republicans overall want party leaders “to move further to the right.” Among tea partyers, the number is 69 percent.
“Tea Party Republicans have influence in the GOP partly because of their high level of political engagement. Overall, they make up a minority (37 percent) of all Republicans and Republican-leaning independents nationally,” the poll says. “Yet this group is more likely than other GOP voters to say they always vote in primary elections; as a result they make up about half of the Republican primary electorate (49 percent).”
Who heads up the party? Fifty-six percent of the respondents said that either “no one is in charge” or they didn’t know. There’s still affection out there, though.
POLL DU JOUR
• 65 percent of Republican voters overall give a favorable rating to Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin; 81 percent of “Tea Party Republicans” agree.
• 55 percent of Republican voters give a favorable rating to Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; 70 percent of tea partyers agree.
• 50 percent of Republican voters give a favorable rating to Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; 59 percent of tea partyers agree.
• 47 percent of Republican voters give a favorable rating to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; 47 percent of tea partyers agree.
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