I think that the Democrats who are distancing themselves from Moore’s film are being terribly stupid. This film is going to be EXTREMELY effective with “gut-thinking” (M), “intuitive” (F) moderates, independents, and undecideds. These are exactly the voters the Democrats need.
Not everyone makes up his or her mind reasonably after the careful examination of evidence. Many decide on the basis of hunches and feelings. The Republican Party has paid a lot of attention to this demographic, and their efforts have generally been successful — to the extent that many assume that these voters are hopeless, dyed-in-the-wool Republicans.
They aren’t; it’s just that the Democrats haven’t approached them effectively.
You really can’t talk too openly about this — Republicans are very quick to scream that Democrats think that the American voters are stupid. I don’t put it quite that way. I just say that people who make decisions based on whims tend to get suckered a lot, and that the Republicans have done a great job of suckering them. (Of course the Republicans don’t call the voters dumb, because when you’re suckering someone you always tell them how smart they are).
If Moore’s manipulative, demagogic, cheesy tricks succeed in wising these voters up, then Moore will have done the Democrats an enormous, and mostly undeserved, favor.
You gotta play the game the way it’s played. I don’t know how many times liberals and Democrats have told me “Well, I’d rather lose than descend to that level”. I just don’t know what to say when I hear someone saying that. Sometimes it just seems that the Democrats really deserve to lose.