ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Commander In Chief

Well, I missed the first few minutes of Commander in Chief last night, but stuck it out 'til the end. Geena Davis is a former University Chancellor and Independent who's picked as Veep by some GOP president who ends up croaking. The rest of the party leadership wants her to step down (which by the way, includes the President, who asks her to resign on his deathbed). Needless to say, she refuses.

First, the GOP Speaker is clearly wearing a black hat in this one - and you also get the sense that the former President isn't exactly a kind fellow.

Second, I think it's interesting to see the praise that the show is getting from the Left side of the blogosphere. The speech that Geena Davis gives to the Joint Session could be cut directly from one of W's recent speeches. She talks about the universal value of freedom and liberty and how it's America's responsibility to promote it around the world. Certainly not the realpolitik as voiced by the Left these days.

And the writers choose the evil Speaker of the House to best express the realpolitik point of view, saying (paraphrased): "Do you want to risk losing face [of the US] over some woman who couldn't keep her legs closed [and is about to be stoned by the Nigerian government under Sharia law]?"

Geena ends up sending in the military to rescue the Nigerian woman from the oppression of the Sharia court - and she didn't go to the UN for approval. If the Left cheers this approach, then apparently they don't mind unilateralism - just as long as it's for protecting women's rights.

If only Bush had focused on the rape rooms and kidnappings instead of the WMD angle. Who am I kidding - it wouldn't have made a difference to the Left. And the plot line is based on the true story of Amina Lawal, who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery but was subsequently freed in 2003 after international pressure. Here's an article on the situation from 2003 in National Review.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler