What a difference 40 years makes — or not
In the spirit of the political season, I recently watched Robert Redford’s movie ”The Candidate,” first released in 1972. The film is a satire - gentle by today’s standards - of our electoral system, in which an idealistic young lawyer named Bill McKay (Redford) is persuaded to run for US Senate, losing his innocence even as he wins office. McKay’s frustrations with the hypocrisy and absurdity of campaigning ring true today. But the real value of this cultural artifact is the lens it provides on the country’s ideological shift over the past 40 years.