Four Days in September

Mike Nichols’s Primary Colors develops the same theme as Wag the Dog–a president’s campaign is in jeopardy, so political advisers invoke various measures of damage control. In Primary Colors, a Clintonesque candidate is confronted by sex scandals but manages to distract the public into believing that he deeply cares about human problems. Political advisers, including the spouse of the presidential candidate, work out a successful strategy, as the candidate appears to want to win by any means necessary. Once again, the film is nominated as a plea to improve the democratic process before its crucifixion murders the memory of candidates who present clear and sincere alternatives to voters. MH