DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Damning DVD Recalls Rise and Fall of Legendary GOP Hatchet Man
Harvey Leroy ‘Lee’
A protégé of Strom Thurmond, he learned the tricks of the trade at the feet of an inveterate racist who once swore that blood would run in the streets of his state before he would allow integration. Thurmond, in fact, was such a hypocrite that he remained a bigot even after fathering a child with a 15 year-old black servant.
For Atwater was a scoundrel who believed that anything goes in politics, so he felt it was okay to lie, cheat, make up fake opinion polls and generally tell the people what they wanted to hear and in order to prevail. He is probably best known for having masterminded the infamous Willie Horton ad which turned the tide in the 1988 presidential race in favor of Bush over Michael Dukakis.
His reign came to an abrupt end upon his dire diagnosis in 1990, but by then
Before he passed away, he released a statement which proved he had undergone a spiritual catharsis: “My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood.” Too bad that message was totally lost on Rove.
A fascinating, warts-and-all documentary about one of the most notorious and influential figures in 20th Century politics.
Excellent (4 stars)
Running time: 86 minutes
Studio: InterPositive Media/Passion River Films
DVD Extras: Deleted scenes, MSN and other additional interviews, unpublished photographs, theatrical trailer, discussion guide and additional biographical info.