Washington DC - (Disaster Press): Presidential contender John Edwards may be becoming increasingly mesmerised by the allure of the 1995 Michael Douglas romantic comedy The American President.
That is the analysis of elite DC circles as Edwards revs up his 2008 White House campaign this week, buoyed by an almost credible plotline that his wife Elizabeth's metastased cancer is a chronic condition no worse than an ingrowing toenail.
And yet few enduring even the most cutting edge high tech treatment have managed to survive his wife's state of health beyond a remission capsule counted in months, maybe weeks.
The Douglas film's plot is the ultimate DC romance line. It's hero is widowed Democrat President Andrew Shepherd (think boyish good looks and no sign yet of a toupee) and devoted father (wisecracking father/daughter jokes nuanced with cutesy political nous) chasing his first date after three years' celibacy.
And what's more, he's an immensely popular commander-in-chief whose party is honorable, unbaggaged and completely trustworthy.
Those fiendish reptillian Republicans are at their classic dumbass, gun-slinging, lyin'/cheatin'/whorin' bastard worst and have credible demonic names like Rumson (think Rumsfeldt).
The scene is set on the threshhold of the White House re-election, against the background of the usual DC shenanigans of gun control, environmetal meltdown and fiendish Republican deceit...
A dream come true?
"There may be some Michael Douglas overtones here, sure," said a stalwart DC deepthroat. "Edwards's gotta be pretty cynical to run on empty. He's chasing a Hollywood plotline because it's too good to miss."
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