11 February 2013
Another Political Scandal? Hmmm?
Set entirely in North Carolina’s fourteenth congressional district, incumbent Congressman Cam Brady fends off a challenge from an odd, unordinary, and peculiar citizen named Marty Higgins in Jay Roach’s The Campaign. This film serves one purpose: to show the obvious problems political action committees (PAC’s) pose when they are allowed to permeate in a campaign. Congressman Cam Brady played by the notoriously humorous Will Ferrell, intends on running for re-election to a fifth term in Congress, but his efforts are derailed when he engages in a scandal with a mistress and leaves a sexually explicit message on a local family’s answering machine, which was intended for his mistress. Immediately, two corrupt businessmen who are brothers convince local citizen Marty Higgins to run for the seat against Brady, who is played by another comedic actor Zach Galifianakis. Galifianakis is rough in the beginning, wearing unorthodox attire for a typical politician, and thinking that running for office is a game of sorts. However, the two businessmen who have placed a million dollars into Higgins’ PAC hire a campaign manager for Higgins who straightens out the situation.
The film continues with more setbacks for the incumbant congressman. He unintentionally punches a baby in the face, puts a sexually explicit video ad on the television, and gets arrested for driving while intoxicated. While most viewers would see Ashe 2
these acts as comical and funny, these scenes of indiscretions display the many bad decisions elected officials very often make. Recently former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a democrat of New Work, tweeted a picture of himself in underwear onto twitter accidently. He was trying to send it to a woman, which is worth noting because he was married at the time, and still is. In addition, current Senator Mike Crappo, a republican of Idaho, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of...
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