Right-wing doc-maker Steven Bannon is apparently at it again. After his Sarah Palin doc “The Undefeated” stirred up talk everywhere about the former Alaska governor’s popularity (or not) as a viable political contender, Real Clear Politics reports that Bannon is planning on making a new film based on Palin adviser Peter Schweizer’s forthcoming book, “Throw Them All Out,” which details allegations of ethically dubious insider trading and conflicts of interest among members of Congress.
“There are all sorts of forms of honest graft that congressmen engage in that allow them to become very, very wealthy,” Schweizer told CBS News. “So it’s not illegal, but I think it’s highly unethical, I think it’s highly offensive, and wrong.”
While Schweizer seems intent on raising Palin’s status again as a Washington outsider who can help steer the coming elections, at least this is one conservative who seems generally concerned with the problems of the political status quo, seeing parallels in the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements. “This is a book about how a Permanent Political Class, composed of politicians and their friends, engages in honest graft,” Schweizer writes in his book. “Let’s call it crony capitalism.”
How Republicans can actually claim higher ground on this issue behooves me — are we to believe that the G.O.P. is less in bed with corporate interests than the Democrats?
Who knows: Maybe Bannon’s right-wing doc agenda will dovetail with Michael Moore’s plans. They could even collaborate on a red-meets-blue doc about the corruption of our political system due to moneyed interests. That’s a film I’d like to see.