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The 2008 Election: Casting the Hollywood movie

October 23, 2008 |  2:50 pm


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.