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The 2008 Election: Casting the Hollywood movie

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If Oliver Stone got hired today to do a quickie TV movie about the 2008 election, we all know who would play Sarah Palin. But what about all those other juicy roles? Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has become a media sensation, telling MSNBC's Chris Matthews that she thinks Barack Obama may hold "anti-American views," proposing a media investigation into the views of other members of Congress to find out "are they pro-America or anti-America?"

I think it's pretty obvious from the above "separated at birth" photos that Catherine Keener has a lock on doing Rep. Bachmann.

But I want some casting advice: Who should play McCain and Obama? We have so many other possible parts to fill. How about some suggestions. Who could play Joe Biden? Cindy McCain? Hillary Clinton? Bill Ayers? Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Bristol Palin? Sean Hannity? Chris Matthews? Mitt Romney? And of course, who on Earth could play Joe the Plumber? Cast your vote and I'll post the most inspired suggestions.

Photo of Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minn. by Paul Sancya/AP Photo; Catherine Keener by Warner. Bros.

 
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here's the cast for election '08: the movie: ed harris as john mccain; terence howard as barack obama; sharon stone as hillary clinton; george clooney (stunt casting big time, here) as joe biden; and angelina jolie as sarah palin (with brad pitt as todd palin)

Daniel Sunjata as Barack Obama...Ed O'Neill as Joe Biden not a big stretch from his turn in The West Wing as the Pennsylvania governor who might have been Jimmy Smits' VP...McCain is looking more and more like Don Porter the veteran actor who played Robert Redford's adversary in the candidate but he would be in his 90s now if still alive so we'll go with John Slattery who could cross the younger and older McCain...Hope Davis as Hilary

I could definitely see Don Rickles as John McCain. Or the guy who played Grandpa Munster, Al Lewis, if he were still alive.

Sarah Palin..........................Britney Spears
John McCain.......................William Shatner
Barack Obama....................Blair Underwood
Michele Obama...................Halle Berry
Joe Biden............................Don Johnson
Hillary Clinton......................Felicity Huff
Sean Hannity......................Pete Campbell
Chris Matthews..................Daniel Craig (if he can lighten up)
Cindy McCain......................Nicole Kidman
Jeremiah Wright.................Samuel L. Jackson
Bill Ayers............................Sam Waterston
Bristol Palin.........................Miley Cyrus
Mitt Romney........................John Hamm
Joe the Plumber...................Michael Chiklis

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