Mrs. Gamadge at The Journal

August 3, 2007

Roy at Alcublog reads Peggy Noonan’s latest thoughts on the wives of presidential candidates, and finds himself drawn back in time to Gore Vidal’s play The Best Man. Now, whenever Our Lady of the Magic Dolphins looks at herself in the mirror, she can think “Gore Vidal imagined me into existence, only his version is funnier.”

By the way, I’ve never seen the play but the 1964 film version is one of the best political films ever made, even if the kind of political primary it documents no longer exists. It’s high time Criterion or some other enterprising company put it out on DVD — preferably with a good, gossipy commentary track by Vidal, who drew on his own experiences on the campaign trail.

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