You are using an outdated browser.
Please upgrade your browser
and improve your visit to our site.
Skip Navigation

'primary Colors,' Then And Now

The funny and underrated 1998 film Primary Colors, based on Joe Klein's stump saga of the same name, offers a host of dramatic dispatches from the land of Jack and Susan Stanton, a southern power couple making a break for the White House. The whole cast--especially Billy Bob Thornton--does a credible job with a difficult task; that is, maintaining the paper-thin barrier between the campaign drama and Bill and Hillary Clinton's reality. 

All in all, the movie is hugely entertaining; an excellent intersection of pop and politics. I've included a clip from the film, which I now want to see again in its entirety. From the beginning, and again at 1:30 and 2:58 are surprisingly topical discussions relating to both of Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young's outrageous weekend comments on Barack Obama and Hillary (see Chris' earlier post). To wit: the clip features a black policitian/strategist from the east coast elite lambasted as a "honky" in disguise, and a fearsome wifely team of spinners, ready to pounce on the opposition, or any hint of "some bimbo from a former life", or "who the governor's pluggin' " these days. 

It's also worth listening to the internal debate on the press, the public and politics versus policy--something you'd be hard-pressed to hear within the current Clinton campaign.

(P.S. A feisty, less-cute Patty Solis Doyle surrogate pops up at 3:23)

--Dayo Olopade