“Somebody Will Listen to Me”/Open Thread

When I was elected governor of Alaska in 2006, my friend Bruce, who’d helped out on the campaign, presented me with a black-and-white framed print of Jefferson Smith, the character played by Jimmy Stewart in the Frank Capra film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It hung on my wall in the governor’s office in Juneau, and it hangs on my office wall in Wasilla today.

Call it corny, but Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is one of my favorite movies. It’s a movie about hope. It’s a movie about good triumphing over evil and idealism defeating cynicism. Most of all, it’s a movie about the timeless truths of America handed down to us from our forefathers and foremothers.

In other words, it’s a movie Hollywood would never make today.

– Sarah Palin in America by Heart, page 1

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was directed by Frank Capra. If all you ever saw out of Hollywood were the Frank Capra movies, you’d be sittin’ pretty.

Here’s Mr. Capra on the Tomorrow Show discussing the initial reaction to the film by the higher-ups. Let’s just say it wasn’t given a standing ovation:

Since today is another quiet day, I thought you all might enjoy this. Turn down your volume after the Capra interview unless you want your eardrums blown out:



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