Michael Moore's campaign


Geraldine Sealey
June 11, 2004 10:44PM (UTC)

The war room isn't just for candidates anymore. Michael Moore, whose film "Fahrenheit 9/11" opens on Friday, June 25, is staffing a war room of political strategists -- veterans of Democratic presidential campaigns, like Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane -- to fire off rapid responses to the conservative attacks Moore expects for his new anti-Bush film. "When you think 'without mercy,' you think Chris Lehane," Moore said.

The right is already slamming Moore. George H. W. Bush called him a "slimeball." A group called Citizens United announced an ad campaign smearing Michael Moore -- and George Soros -- as "America haters." "These liberal America-haters cannot undo President Bush's track record of success in the War on Terror," said the group's president, David Bossie. Bossie may want to check out the recent news that terrorism has gone up under Bush, not down. We're sure he'll correct his press release pronto, as the State Department is correcting its own records. (Bossie also might want to update his "Boycott France" page now that we're begging Jacques Chirac for help in Iraq.)

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While Moore says he's not overtly supporting John Kerry, he clearly aims to motivate people to get to the polls -- and not to vote for George W. Bush. He ends the film with the plea: "Do Something." Moore is offering ticket discounts and prizes to newly registered voters who see the film or visit his Web site.

If you haven't seen the trailer yet, it's here. The last scene of Bush on the golf course is priceless.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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