Playwright David Mamet is “no longer a brain-dead liberal”

This comes to us from a delightful essay in The Village Voice — which should be a shock in and of itself — written by David Mamet, one of my favorite play and screenwriters. While writing a play about a greedy, conservative president and his liberal speech writer, Mamet came to the realization that he was NOT the liberal that he always thought he was:

I found not only that I didn’t trust the current government (that, to me, was no surprise), but that an impartial review revealed that the faults of this president—whom I, a good liberal, considered a monster—were little different from those of a president whom I revered.

Bush got us into Iraq, JFK into Vietnam. Bush stole the election in Florida; Kennedy stole his in Chicago. Bush outed a CIA agent; Kennedy left hundreds of them to die in the surf at the Bay of Pigs. Bush lied about his military service; Kennedy accepted a Pulitzer Prize for a book written by Ted Sorenson. Bush was in bed with the Saudis, Kennedy with the Mafia. Oh.

The full article can be found HERE (click). It’s a medium to long read, and there are a couple of wirty dords, but if you’re a media/political junkie like myself, you should find it immensely insightful and entertaining.

You can see a few of the films Mamet wrote HERE (click). Some of my favorites on the list include Wag the Dog, The Untouchables, The Winslow Boy, The Spanish Prisoner, The Edge, and Ronin.


4 Responses to “Playwright David Mamet is “no longer a brain-dead liberal””

  1. March 12, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Dear Johnseeking,

    Thanks for putting onto this revelation (something the more cynical among us have suspected for a long time…)

    I’m running off now to read the full Mamet article, but before I go let me invite you to my blog, which probably should have been called “Ranting and Raving from Afar.” It’s at: http://mikebooth.wordpress.com.



    P.S. Congratulations for Sadie Elizabeth!

  2. March 19, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Mamet’s “great essay” is full of convoluted half truths, ignorance, and several lies.

    Hollywood’s Newest Neo-Con: David Mamet Chugs the Kool-Aid

  3. 3 johnseeking
    March 20, 2008 at 7:30 am

    @ John:

    That’s what I love about you libs… you never offer specific examples. 🙄

    Oh… and I really don’t feel like digging through YOUR post to try to find the pony.

    And good grief… David Mamet, ignorant? That’s a stretch.

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