News Flash: Ben Affleck says something intelligible

Like most Hollywood types, Ben Affleck is a strong supporter of the Democrat Party. Like most Hollywood types, Ben Affleck voted for Obama in 2008. And like most Hollywood types, Ben Affleck will vote for Obama again in 2012. However, unlike most Hollywood types, Ben Affleck is actually beginning to question the nutritional value of the standard issue Hollywood “Kool-Aid.”

In a recent interview to promote his new movie, Argo, Affleck made several statements that actually made sense about the current political climate in America. Affleck made it clear that he is disillusioned with Obama. He said, “I voted for Obama last time although he got to be all things to all people then. And now he’s got a record, which makes it really different… I obviously have more complicated feelings.” I’m not so sure why Affleck thinks it should be “obvious” that he has “more complicated feelings” about Obama now that he has a four-year record. The vast majority of Affleck’s Hollywood colleagues don’t think it is so “obvious”; they are supporting Obama as blindly as they did four years ago, regardless of the “record.”

What was of particular interest in Affleck’s interview though, was his assessment of Mitt Romney. He admits, due to his lack of enthusiasm with Obama, that the Republicans “really had a chance to win.” This is far more of an admission than one might realize. Reading between the lines, this is Affleck essentially saying that he had hoped that the Republicans would have put up a better candidate than Romney. Affleck continues:

“[The Republicans] ended up with like a sort of Mike Dukakis, Al Gore, Bob Dole type—who just couldn’t get people to see him as a real person somehow. Romney just had such trouble coming off as just like the kind of person you see at the grocery store. And I truly believe that has cost him the election.”

Affleck should know a thing a two about a “real person”; he is, after all, a professional actor—he knows bad acting when he sees it.

And this is the real problem with modern presidential elections: they have little to do with actual policies and political doctrines, and have everything to do with presentation and style; it’s all about shine rather than substance. In other words, American politics has become just like Hollywood itself—plastic people with perfect hair and white teeth mouthing meaningless statements about topics that actually matter. It doesn’t matter so much what is said; it only matters who said it best.

Affleck is beginning to see through the “style” of his candidate, yet he still can’t get over the lack of style with Romney. And in this regard, Affleck is similar to most American voters. The majority of voters will cast their vote in November not because of political policies, but because of marketing techniques. Yard signs, television and radio ads, and email forwards will have more to do with determining who the next president will be, than the three public debates could ever dream of having. Affleck is beginning to see through the veneer of his own candidate, yet he still can’t “buy into” the marketing of Mitt Romney as a “real” human being. On this point, Ben Affleck is absolutely correct. We will soon know if the humanizing efforts of the Romney/Ryan campaign are effective; but as it stands right now, they are severely lacking.



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  • ves

    The problem is US Citizens are Under Educated and Our Kids Textbooks now belittle US Accomplishments…we are made to be the bad guys in every instance!
    Ben needs to take a good hard look at the quality of the people running instead of the outgoing personality!
    One has lied constantly about every part of his life and has publicily belittled Legal US Citizens every chance he has…he is arrogant…self centered…uninformed and really doesn’t give a damn about the hardships he has inflicted on everyday hardworking US Citizens……HE is a RACIST (except when he is trying to get into Your Bankaccount)…HE HATES AMERICANS!
    The other is a selfmade millionaire…that has been generous with his time and .money….well educated (it’s actually documented)….his friends haven’t tried to blow people up they aren’t marxist communist socialist..We actually know who HE IS…..he has actually had real jobs and has created jobs he Really Loves America and he has never been a racist!
    I can play. Basketball with my neighbor and rap with my grandkids….I want MY President sitting in on Intelligence Briefings and making sure Bombers aren’t being allowed to walk across US Borders!

  • romojo

    NEWS ALERT!!! This isn’t a movie–this is real life with real issues of a magnitude not even envisioned 15 years ago. This President is running us into the ground–he has no plan, he has no budget, he governs by the seat of his pants–and those pants are pretty threadbare at this time!

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