Michael Moore today called for Democrats to run “beloved… smart… good” Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey as candidates and for the Obama administration to use Hollywood to “help fashion” its message. In an MSNBC interview with host Lawrence O’Donnell who was one of the writer/producers of The West Wing and other political TV shows, and Moore had this exchange about the midterm election results:
O’Donnell: Presidential elections have a movie star candidate to vote for. Midterm elections are like trying to open a movie on the weekend without a movie star. How do you do that? You’ve done that.
Moore: … [the Republicans] have actually run movie stars and won. They ran Ronald Reagan. Fred Thompson was a senator. Gopher from The Love Boat. Sonny Bono…
O’Donnell: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Moore: I don’t know why they hate Hollywood so much. When they run Hollywood, they win. When are the Democrats going to run Hollywood. For as much as they’re accused of going hollywood…
O’Donnell: Tom Hanks, step right up here for your nomination.
Moore: Seriously, if we ran Tom Hanks, if we ran Oprah, there’s a whole column of people who are beloved people, who are smart, good. But we have Obama, and he’s kind of like Tom Hanks, a nice guy. Why dont they make use of all the great communicators in Hollywood to help fashion a message? You don’t say things like, ‘Here’s your stimulus. What the hell, that sounds like a gynecological thing you’re handing out to people. It’s called, ‘The Tax Cut And Jobs Bill’.
Moore, the Academy-Award winning filmmaker of Fahrenheit 9/11, Capitalism: A Love Story, Bowling for Columbine, and SiCKO, was on the show to talk about his petition “letting the Democratic politicians know that our vote comes with one big condition: If they do not straighten up, get a spine and do what we expect of them, we will find alternate candidates to run against them in 2012. And we mean it.” He urged listeners on his blog to sign this petition which he pledged to deliver to every elected Democrat: the “I’m Voting Democratic But I Will Work to Defeat You Next Time If You Don’t Do Your Job” petition (aka “The Democrats on Probation” petition). “Let’s publicly put them on notice that we’ll give them just two more years to start doing the things we elected them to do. If they move one more inch to the “center” or to the right, they will never get our vote again. And we mean business.”