In 1998 the political comedy “Bulworth” was in the movie theaters. It starred and was co-written by Warren Beatty, a long time supporter of the Democratic Party and an “inner circle” member and fundraiser for Sen. George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign. So Beatty has some inside knowledge of Democratic politics.
The movie has a silly storyline. Bulworth is a disillusioned liberal senator who orders his own assassination to take place while he’s campaigning for re-election. And since the senator knows any moment could be his last he tosses his prepared speeches and “tells it like it is”.
Bulworth’s first campaign stop was a Black church in South Central, Los Angeles. A Black woman asked what happened to the federal money that was promised to rebuild the community. (This was a reference to the riots after the Rodney King verdict.) Bulworth responded, “We knew it would be big news for a while and we all came down here…Me, Bush, Wilson, Clinton, we got our pictures taken, told you what you wanted to hear and we pretty much forgot about it…”
The crowd was shocked.