Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Recruitment Up for Michael Moore

I'm not sure I can stop laughing long enough to write this. In a Reuter's piece in the New York Times, Michael Moore says everywhere he goes he is deluged with Republicans who only want to hug him.

[T}he Oscar-winning director says he is approached all the time by conservatives ready to make peace. 'If you were to hang out with me here it won't be five or 10 minutes before you see a Republican hug me.' . . .

Moore has not budged from the central claim of his 2004 documentary ``Fahrenheit 9/11'' -- that the Bush administration misled the American public about the reasons for war in Iraq -- but he says that more people have come around to his view.

``That's the shift that I'm seeing in the past year or so in the country, and as it relates to me,'' he said.

Some in solidly Republican northern Michigan and elsewhere now believe that they made a ``colossal mistake'' in initially supporting the war in Iraq, Moore said, and they have let him know it in chance encounters on the streets of Traverse City, a resort town where he has relocated from New York.

Used to traveling with security and encountering a barrage of hostility, Moore said he finds people now more accepting, even to the point Republicans are spontaneously hugging him.

``Look up the definition of liberal. We hug trees. We hug each other. We hug people of the same sex and want to marry each other,'' Moore said. ``It's the other side that we need to get to hold their arms out a little bit and coochey-coo.''

Hmmm, so when Republicans break out into fits of spontaneous hugging, you know a liberal era is on the way!

Moore says he is almost finished shooting his new film - Sicko - due out in 2007. He says Sicko is "a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on earth."

Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival is currently underway.