Saturday, January 17, 2009
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
The climatic filibuster in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is an interesting example of a sometimes used congressional technique. Jefferson Smith used the technique to the best of his abilities. After doing poorly against the political machines in congress initially, Mr. Smith, with the help of his female counter part, successfully implemented the filibuster to attack the political machine of James Taylor. However, the movie was rather movie-esque. The success of the political machines and the inability of many, such as the Boy Rangers, to combat them seemed exaggerated, but I liked the movie nonetheless. It illustrated the workings of congress in a not entirely inaccurate way and was entertaining at the same time.