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What’s the Matter with Democrats?

What’s the Matter with Democrats?

Thomas Frank has a notion of what’s wrong with the Democratic Party – why it repeatedly snatches defeat from the jaws of victory:
The answer to the riddle is as plain as the caviar on a lobbyist’s spoon. Democrats don’t speak to angry, working-class people because a lot of them can’t speak to angry, working-class people. [...]

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A genuine documentary film on the Tea Party movement?

A genuine documentary film on the Tea Party movement?

Vadim Rizov laments on the IFC Blog that we probably shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for a “real” (i.e. non-partisan) documentary film on the Tea Party movement:
American political documentaries tend to either center around campaigns (“Primary” and its many heirs), specific issue-focused activism, preaching to the choir (Michael Moore and Robert Greenwald) or retroactive explanations [...]

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Time for a sequel?

Time for a sequel?

LiberalArtsDude has posted a thoughtful review of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” in which he gives the movie a solid 4/5 star recommendation but is left wanting more:
Fast forward to 2010 where conservative activism is explicitly angrier, economically populist and increasingly organized as in the rise of the Tea Party movement. I go back to [...]

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Mother Jones: “A timely exploration”

Mother Jones: “A timely exploration”

Josh Harkinson of the venerable lefty outlet Mother Jones weighs in on “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”
In his 2004 book, What’s the Matter With Kansas?, Thomas Frank probed the psyches of Midwestern “values voters” to explain why blue-collar Americans abandoned economic self-interest to vote for George W. Bush. This eponymous documentary begins as a retelling [...]

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Washington, D.C. starting March 19, 2010

Washington, D.C. starting March 19, 2010

Just as populism experiences a revival in our nation’s capital, powered by parties of Tea and Coffee, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?“  will open a one-week engagement at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, one of Washington, D.C.’s finest movie theaters, on Friday, March 19.
Thomas Frank and Joe Winston will hold a Q & A after the [...]

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Rochester, NY – March 13, 2010 – one night only!

Rochester, NY – March 13, 2010 – one night only!

The nascent Coffee Party movement has declared Saturday, March 13 to be “National Coffee Party Day,” and what better way to celebrate populist revolt than to see a screening of  “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” The movie will play for one night as part of the film program at the Dryden Theater at the legendary [...]

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Kansas City screenings begin Friday, March 12, 2010

Kansas City screenings begin Friday, March 12, 2010

UPDATE:  due to overwhelming demand, the Kansas City run has been extended through Thursday, March 25!
“What’s the Matter with Kansas?” will open in Tom Frank’s home town on Friday, March 12, 2010, playing for a full week at the lovely Tivoli Cinemas.
Thomas Frank and director Joe Winston will appear on opening night to take questions [...]

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Defendant Scott Roeder leaves the courtroom.  PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Tuttle, WIchita Eagle.

Scott Roeder found guilty of first-degree murder of Dr. George Tiller

Today, the Wichita Eagle reports, a Wichita jury found Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Dr. George Tiller.  He faces a life sentence for the crime.
For those who feared that the trial would become a referendum on the abortion issue, or the Pro-Life movement, or that a lenient verdict would embolden [...]

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What’s the Matter with Massachusetts?

What’s the Matter with Massachusetts?

Liberals across the country are stung by the loss of one of the most secure Democratic Senate seats to former underwear model Scott Brown.
The sudden victory by a conservative politician, backed by the Tea Partiers and conservative talk show hosts, in Massachusetts of all places, is a liberal nightmare.  How could this happen?
Voters in 2008 [...]

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The Tea Party takes over?

The Tea Party takes over?

According to the New York Times, the “Tea Party” activists are actively working to take over the Republican Party at the grassroots level.
Across the country, they are signing up to be Republican precinct leaders, a position so low-level that it often remains vacant, but which comes with the ability to vote for the party executives [...]

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Jan 22 screening in Oklahoma City

Jan 22 screening in Oklahoma City

Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma will host a special screening of What’s the Matter with Kansas? to commemorate the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Friday, January 22nd at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, 1000 N. Broadway in Oklahoma City.  The cost is $10 per person and includes light refreshments.
The Oklahoman wrote “What”s the [...]

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