I would guess the PBS Independent Lens story on the Jeff Smith campaign in Missouri caught the attention of a lot of political junkies. SD Pub TV was on and I watched it right through the local news. I found it interesting for many reasons. More info is available at PBS I'm sure...look for "Independent Lens" there. I did find a story at Harpers that is worth looking at no matter what is your political perspective. And if you are wondering why the name Jeff Smith sounds so blasted familiar, think of the Frugal Gourmet from Oregon or Washington State. A whole different kind of cat.
Six Questions for Jeff Smith on Why It's So Hard to Get to Washington Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006. Jeff Smith is the star of Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, an illuminating and entertaining new documentary that's particularly important in light of the upcoming midterm elections. Two years ago, Smith, a twenty-nine-year-old college instructor of African-American political thought and the immigrant experience, ran in the Democratic primary for the Missouri congressional seat then held by retiring House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt. The favorite in the race was Russ Carnahan, the son of former Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and former Senator Jean Carnahan, a vacuous, dull, and uninspiring candidate who enjoyed the support of the Democratic establishment. Smith had no political experience, faced opposition from his own family, and, according to one of his top aides, "looks like he's twelve and sounds like he's been castrated." But despite these limitations, Smith ran a genuine grassroots campaign that emphasized progressive positions—he was anti-war, pro-choice, and in favor of universal health care—and nearly scored an astonishing upset. In the end, Mr. Carnahan, not Mr. Smith, went to Washington, but it looks like Smith will make it to Jefferson City—he won the August Democratic primary for a state senate seat and faces no opposition in the November general election. By Ken Silverstein.
Above is the introduction. Check the rest of the story at LINK-- Mr. Smith Goes... at Harpers Magazine
**Stay tuned even if all you were interested in tonight was the decline and fall of the stock market and the ambiguous message you found in a Chinese Fortune Cookie--- Doug Wiken