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Video: Trailer for Caucus

posted at 1:34 pm on June 27, 2013 by

Chris Cillizza asks at The Fix, “Do you want to relive the Iowa Caucus?” If you do, then a new political documentary, Caucus, will fulfill all your longings. Plus, the trailer shows a familiar face, at least momentarily:

On Saturday night, we had the pleasure of watching “Caucus“, a documentary on the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus fight — and then moderating a panel that included A.J. Schnack, the film’s director, as well as senior operatives from the campaigns of Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

As anyone who reads this blog knows, we at The Fix are BIG fans of political documentaries. (Heck, we have a list of the best political documentaries and we want to produce a politics version of “30 for 30″.)

The key to a good political documentary is that it gets us behind the headlines and into the humanity of the candidates. We tend to forget that politicians are — breaking news! — humans. And, much of how campaigns play out turns on the various personalities and relationships in play.

Watch carefully at the 54-second mark in the video, and you’ll see the familiar face, briefly. I was covering the Iowa debate in the first week of 2012 and shooting video of the spin room afterward. Santorum was the only significant candidate to do his own spin-room work, and I’m just getting the camera up when this footage was taken. John Hanlon mentioned seeing me when he previewed Caucus, and it looks like the trailer has my entire contribution to the film.

If you want to see the same scene from my angle, here’s the spin room video I produced at the time. The relevant portion is at 11:21:

I haven’t seen any theater dates for this in my area, but I’ll review it if it comes out our way.

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but I’ll review it if it comes out our way.

Wow. That’s putting yourself on the line for us, Ed. I can’t even watch the trailer.

GWB on June 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Can you Bishop a Green Room?

GWB on June 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

GWB on June 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I can dig it. I’m not sure why anyone would want to relive the Iowa caucus. I also note from the footage that the film seems to cover the Ames straw poll, another event that most Republicans might want to forget.

Ed Morrissey on June 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM

The Ides of March was actually a pretty good movie… Wait. That was set in Ohio, not Iowa. I have state dyslexia. And, it was a movie, not a documentary. I give up.

Stephen Meyers: You broke the only rule in politics. You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country… but you cant f*** the interns. They’ll get you for that.

Fallon on June 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

And, kudos to Michele Bachmann. (One “L”, Two “N’s” and Three Cheers!) Very few women can look good in a skirt with horizontal stripes.

Fallon on June 27, 2013 at 4:39 PM