These thoughts, among others, came to mind while watching the new political, feel-good comedy KNIFE FIGHT, directed and co-written (with political consultant Chris Lehane) by Bill Guttentag, shown below, who has made a number of documentaries over the past many years, from Crack USA: County Under Seige to the more recent Nanking.
Rob Lowe (on poster above and in the four final stills, below) his best movie role in years, as Paul Turner, a political consultant/strategist most often involved in getting his candidates out of the hot water of scandal and into the political office of their choice.
Sometimes this means getting them into office for the first time -- as in the case of the beautiful female physician practicing in a low-income San Francisco community who decides to run
Carrie-Anne Moss, above) -- or keeping them in office when they're cocksmen extraordinaire, and all too willing to destructively prove this to their muse of the mo-ment. Two examples of the latter would be the Kentucky governor with intern problems (who brings to mind John Edwards and Bill Clinton) played by a Southern-accented Eric McCormack (below), and the California senator (David Harbour) currently being blackmailed by a very ambitious little blond masseuse.