The triumph of F9/11
Hit filmmaker booed by GOP yahoos
McCain mauls Moore
Hits filmmaker, praises Prez for tough choices on terror
BY RICHARD SISK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
John McCain unleashed the big guns on Michael Moore last night, unleashing pent-up partisan fury on the Bush-bashing filmmaker as he sat in the hall.
McCain called Moore, whose "Fahrenheit 9/11" drew unprecedented crowds for a documentary, a "disingenuous filmmaker who would have us believe that Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace."
"I'm just trying to do my job," Moore said as the rabid Republicans pointed his way and booed for several minutes.
As the crowd broke out into chants of "Four more years," Moore stood, grinned and flashed an "L" sign with his fingers, meaning "loser," to the crowd jeering his presence.
He also appeared to respond "two more months"
McCain was tickled at the spontaneous reaction his comments about Moore, who is at the GOP convention writing a column for USA Today, received and exclaimed: "That line was so good, I'll use it again."
The delegates went wild, thrilled that in such a public forum they could show the filmmaker just how angry at him they are.
Michael Moore makes movies. He doesn't work for John Kerry. He isn't associated with the Democratic Party any more than I am, although they treat him nicer.
Why John McCain would point him out is beyond me.
All it signals is that the film has had a major impact on the race and has hurt Bush. They can't debunk its claims, so they boo Moore?
What they did is make Moore into a hero. They so hate what he had to say, that they disrupt the speech and boo him. He's not a Kerry surrogate, in fact he hasn't even said he's backing Kerry. Yet, they derail a less than inspiring speech to go after a filmmaker.
I think Moore went home quite happy last night, with the free ad and all.
Why would the GOP be distracted by a movie? Unless it was eroding support among independents.
While sitting in the Tank, the crowd broke out in applause when McCain launched his attack on Moore. Why? Because it signaled that Moore had gotten a good shot in on the GOP.
posted by Steve @ 9:23:00 AM