Magazine October 31, 2011, Issue

A Left Fairy Tale

George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March (Sony Pictures)

Near the midway point of The Ides of March, George Clooney’s handsome new movie about a fictional battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, I found myself trying to imagine the version of the film that’s playing in the mirror universe where Republicans dominate Hollywood and the movie industry specializes in catering to conservatism’s fantasies and fears.

Here’s what I came up with: It’s a week before the hotly contested Florida primary and a beautiful tea partier named Michelle Taggart (played by, I dunno, Anne Hathaway) is locked in a battle with the bland establishment Republican Britt Cromney. Taggart is campaigning on

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