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Last Man Standing – Politics, Texas Style


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Documentary: B



In Texas, with the Bush Dynasty so strong, you know that the feeling of Republicans and their popularity runs high down there.  Without going into gerrymandering and other controversies, a Texas variation of nationalism is huge.  The question is, can any Republican do anything so wrong that they could actually lose and election in such friendly turf?  Paul Stekler’s Last Man Standing – Politics, Texas Style (2004) offers this scenario in one of the most interesting such situations you could ask for.


Rick Green is a republican who loves to proudly claim he is a “right wing nut” and has the support of his party big time.  He even managed to get Charlton Heston to do an ad for him calling him a great “patriot” and he keeps wearing his religion (some bizarre variant of real Christianity, as part of the hijackers of said religion) on his sleeve.  It turns out he is part of a scandal involving a ponzi scheme of false profits, unethical loans, misuse of a public office and an infomercial promoting a drug!


Running against Green was Patrick Rose, who was willing to be the newcomer and travel tirelessly allover the state to beat Green, including constant reminders of Green’s record while offering his more beneficial ideas that would help more people instead of the increasingly narrow special interests that are coning people into voting against their own best interests and the best interests of the country.  It is a program that runs just under an hour and was on the PBS series P.O.V., which is extremely efficient, entertaining and to the point of the battle and its amusing results.  It is a fine program and one of the best political documentaries of the current cycle of anti-Bush/pro-Democracy (not just Democrat) pieces of pure journalism that is serving as a vital, priceless record about what is going wrong in the United States.  Last Man Standing – Politics, Texas Style is just a microcosm of ugly battles to come and will voters continued to be fooled by rhetoric.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image was shot on videotape for the most part and looks good, if not great, with some detail limits.  The color is consistent and source clean otherwise.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is at least as good, but does not have any surrounds, even including the music.  Extras include brief text on the PBS series P.O.V. and a weblink update on what happened to the players in the program.  Be sure to catch this one.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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