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...So Goes the Nation -- A look at the role of the Buckeye State in the 2004 Presidential Election.


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William Bacon ... Himself
James Baker III ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Beckwith ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Begala ... Himself

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Blackwell ... Himself (archive footage)

Wolf Blitzer ... Himself (archive footage)
John Boehner ... Himself

Steve Buscemi ... Himself

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself

Laura Bush ... Herself (archive footage)
Mary Beth Cahill ... Herself
Steve Chabot ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Cleland ... Himself (archive footage)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)

Katie Couric ... Herself (archive footage)
Tad Devine ... Himself

Matt Dillon ... Himself
Matthew John Dowd ... Himself (as Matthew Dowd)

Michael Dukakis ... Himself (archive footage)
Corey Ealons ... Himself

John Edwards ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Elder ... Himself (archive footage)
George Elliott ... Himself (archive footage)
Ashley Faulkner ... Herself (archive footage)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)

Brendan Fraser ... Himself
Al French ... Himself (archive footage)

Willie Garson ... Himself
Miles Gerety ... Himself
Leslie Ghiz ... Herself
Ed Gillespie ... Himself
Paul Gillmor ... Himself (archive footage)

Rudy Giuliani ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rudolph W. Giuliani)

Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage)
Darlene Hawkins ... Herself
Larry Hawkins ... Himself
Teresa Heinz Kerry ... Herself (archive footage)

Paris Hilton ... Herself (archive footage)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage)
Evan Hutchison ... Himself
Dave Kaylor ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Ted Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

John Kerry ... Himself

Larry King ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric J. Little ... Himself (as Eric Little)

Chad Lowe ... Himself
Terry McAuliffe ... Himself
Mark McKinnon ... Himself
Aaron McLear ... Himself
Doyle McManus ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Mehlman ... Himself
Zell Miller ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Moore ... Himself (archive footage)
Gavin Newsom ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
John O'Neill ... Himself (archive footage)

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)

Joe Pantoliano ... Himself
George Pataki ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Ponder ... Himself (archive footage)

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage)
Linda Prince ... Herself (archive footage)
Deborah Pryce ... Herself (archive footage)
Carl Quintanilla ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Ridge ... Himself (archive footage)

Mitt Romney ... Himself (archive footage)
Karl Rove ... Himself (archive footage)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeff Rusnak ... Himself

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself (archive footage)
Georges Sorros ... Himself (archive footage)

Bruce Springsteen ... Himself (archive footage)

Fisher Stevens ... Himself

Hilary Swank ... Herself
George Tenet ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Thurlow ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Tiberi ... Himself (archive footage)

J.D. Walsh ... Himself - Kerry Campaign Volunteer
Shelton White ... Himself (archive footage)

Daphne Zuniga ... Herself

Directed by
Adam Del Deo 
James D. Stern 
Produced by
John Chandler .... associate producer
Christopher C. Chen .... co-producer
Adam Del Deo .... producer
Jun Diaz .... executive producer
Garrick Dion .... field producer: Columbus
Douglas Hansen .... executive producer
Don Kempf .... executive producer
Alex LaGory .... associate producer
Evan Leong .... field producer
Laurel Meyer .... field producer
Laura Mueller .... field producer
Eleanor Nett .... field producer
Lucas P. Smith .... field producer
James D. Stern .... producer
Reginald Williams .... field producer
Original Music by
Jane Antonia Cornish 
Cinematography by
John P. Tarver 
David Thies 
Film Editing by
Jeff Groth 
Jeffrey M. Werner 
Makeup Department
Ann Stark Brough .... makeup artist (as Ann Stark Hundley)
Production Management
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Greg Brazille .... sound
Mitch Dorf .... sound re-recording mixer
Sandy Gendler .... dialogue mixer
Susie Harshman .... POP sound
Doug McLaughlin .... sound
Jason Quinn .... sound
Rob Shire .... sound
Tom Staton .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jorge Castillo-Trentin .... camera operator
Tim Courlas .... camera operator
Paul Dougherty .... camera operator
Brian Frania .... camera operator
Sean Healy .... camera operator
Kevin Jones .... camera operator
David Karabinas .... camera operator
Don Lee .... camera operator
Julio Luzquinos .... camera operator
Dominic Orlando .... camera operator
Carl Palmer .... camera operator
Donnie Schaman .... camera operator
Wayne Sells .... camera operator
John P. Tarver .... camera operator
Dennis P. Thomas .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Amy Khoshbin .... assistant editor
Ray Miller .... on-line editor
Jared P. Morell .... post-production coordinator
Christopher Petrus .... assistant editor (as Chris Petrus)
Music Department
Alex Cornish .... composer: additional music
Jamie Luker .... scoring engineer
Malcolm Luker .... scoring mixer
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Kasey Truman .... music coordinator
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... clearance
Paul Brennan .... production legal
Katie Connor .... logger
Anna Cordova .... FilmLook producer
Kurt Dalton .... chief researcher
David Fuhrer .... Production Central
Tracey Grimes .... account executive: Technicolor
Kimberly Jaime .... production legal
Allen Kelly .... FilmLook producer
Alex Lorant .... logger
Melissa Lyon .... logger (as Melissa Low)
Eddie Michaels .... publicist
Diane Mullet .... misc crew (as Dem Mullet)
Bryan Okamoto .... assistant: Adam Del Deo
Zachary Rosenfield .... publicist
Fred Taulbee .... logger
Fred Taulbee .... transcriber
Matt Van Gelder .... logger
Matthew Scott Weiner .... logger
Cindy Wilkinson Kirven .... executive: Endgame
Robert C. Yu .... acquisitions executive

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Why O Why Ohio, 24 October 2008
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

Story of the 2004 Presidential Campaign between incumbent President GW Bush and Democratic challenger John F. Kerry which, in the opinion of many political observers, Kerry and the Democratic Party let slip right through their fingers and ended up on the losing end of the vote.

The film follows John Kerry's winning the Democratic Party's nomination for President in Boston in July to his self destruction over the next four months when he blew a double digit lead in the polls against President Bush to end up losing in the November elections by 50.7 % to 48.3 % of the popular vote! Thus legitimizing Bush's 2000 victory in which he won the electoral but lost the popular vote to his Democratic Party opponent for president Al Gore.

Despite Kerry's outstanding, to Bush's non-existent, military record in Vietnam the Republican strategists, headed by Karl Rove, actually used it against him in falsifying it by claiming that all his medals were somehow fraudulent especially Kerry's three Purple Hearts! Kerry reacted to these false charges by mostly ignoring them which lead many voters to feel that they were actually true which they weren't!

This "swift boat" smear campaign by the Republicans had Kerry going on the defensive for the remainder of the Presidential Campaign as his lead in the polls evaporated together with his claims of being a genuine war hero! John Kerry who was a hero in Vietnam now turned out to be a first class wimp, by letting Bush & the Republicans step all over him, when running for the highest office in the land.

On Election Day 2004 it looked like Kerry was going to pull it out and win the Presidency for the Democratic Party with him, for once, leading in a number of key states that he needed to win the White House. The most crucial state being the Buckeye state of Ohio with its 20 electoral votes. It was also Ohio that the Republicans targeted with a massive get out the vote campaign which the Democrats failed to match. The Republicans-who politically controlled the state- also bottled up a number of key Democratic precincts, with disruptive poll watchers and a lack of voting machines. As it turned out the final results in Ohio mirrored the elections total 50 state results with Bush besting Kerry, after being behind in the early voting by as much as 28%, 50.7% to 48.3%.

What the film "So Goes the Nation" made crystal clear is how the Democrats blew an election that they were sure to win by smugly trying to take the high road in winning it. Politics is a dirty business and to win in it you've got to pull out all stops in pounding your opponent into submission just short of ending up, like Richard M. Nixon, breaking the law.

The Republican strategy was to attack Kerry's strong points like his service in Vietnam and have him defend it as if it was detrimental not positive in him getting elected president. The Kerry people let Bush off the hook in defending their candidate's brilliant war record while Bush who did everything to avoid serving in the war ended up getting a free ride.

These attacks on Kerry had the public, especially in Ohio, overlook the downturn in the economy and the disastrous Iraqi War which if brought out by Kerry and the Democratic Party would have easily given Kerry the Presidency! In the end the clueless, in how to win a Presidential Election, Democratic Party proved that famous saying "Good Guys Finish last" which they by trying to be goody two shoes, and letting themselves get kicked all over the place, totally turned the American public against them! All these political miscalculations by Kerry and the Democratic Party had GW Bush voted in for a second term by the majority of the American voters which in retrospect turned out to be against, for most of those who voted for him, their best interest!

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