Tuesday, December 19, 2006

David Zucker Compares Baker with Chamberlain

Director David Zucker - known for classics like Airplane! and Naked Gun - has put together a response to the Iraq Study Group report. This is a must see. And it's funny!

David Harnden of the Daily Telegraph gives us a little more on Zucker (hat tip Harnden):

Zucker was a campaign adviser to Bill Clinton but saw the light - to use the parlance of his new Republican friends - after the 9/11 attacks. He told The Washington Times recently that he was sick of the "talk, talk, talk" of Democrats and their beloved United Nations.

Hollywood happily forgives drug-addled or drunken directors "but I don't think a Republican can be rehabbed", he said.

He sees himself as the anti-Michael Moore. "You have people like Michael Moore going into foreign countries saying Americans are the stupidest people in the world. I want to tell the real America story, that America is a force for good."

In 2004 he produced the "taxman" ad attacking Democrats.

The RNC - not known for its squeamishness - rejected a second Zucker spot that mocked the Democrats as weak on defense and "making nice" by singing kumbaya with America's enemies.

The ad, leaked to YouTube, featured a Madeleine Albright lookalike handing a basketball signed by Michael Jordan to Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader - an event that actually took place in 2000.

Zucker's new ad on the "appeaser" Baker and the ISG report is even more far out, comparing Baker to Neville Chamberlain. It also portrays President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Adolf Hitler - which is certainly how the Iranian leader is viewed within the White House.

The ad contains a serious point: Is the approach of Baker, the ultimate Washington dealmaker and political horse trader, really one that can yield dividends with the likes of Iran?

Certainly, the White House thinks not. But it is trying very hard to be terribly polite about the Baker report while doing everything it can to ignore it and is thus unlikely to endorse Zucker's latest biting effort.

Make sure you click on the YouTube links in the text - more funny stuff.

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