Friday, April 18, 2008

Yes We Can!

This past week I heard actress Elisa Macdonald, (The Women, Valhalla,) call into the Jay Severin show on 96.9 FM. She had a conversation with the host, (a former political consultant,) about the new Zeitgeist show she is in that opening tonight at the Black Box at the BCA.

Spin by Robert William Sherwood is reportedly a play about dirty campaign tactics and how hard it is to take the high road.

Apparently, one inspiration for the play was the popular anecdote about Lyndon Baines Johnson, told below by Hunter S. Thompson in a rolling Stone article:

Back in 1948, during his first race for the U.S. Senate, Lyndon Johnson was running about ten points behind, with only nine days to go. He was sunk in despair. He was desperate. And it was just before noon on a Monday, they say, when he called his equally depressed campaign manager and instructed him to call a press conference for just before lunch on a slow news day and accuse his high-riding opponent, a pig farmer, of having routine carnal knowledge of his
barnyard sows, despite the pleas of his wife and children.

His campaign manager was shocked. "We can't say that, Lyndon," he supposedly said. "You know it's not true."

"Of course it's not true!" Johnson barked at him. "But let's make the
bastard deny it!"

Below is the trailer video for Zeitgeist's show.

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