Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hollywood Director David Zucker: Another 9/11 Republican

As a self-proclaimed 9/11 Republican who started an online discussion group for people like myself called the 9/11 Neocons (as in new conservatives), I've been following the various additions to our ranks with great interest. And Hollywood has been the source of more than one 9/11 "convert." Actors Ron Silver and James Woods and comedian Dennis Miller come to mind.

It's no coincidence that Jews figure prominently among the ranks of Hollywood (and otherwise) former lefties, as the rising anti-Semitism on the left continues to alienate the non-suicidal among us.

Now it seems comedy director David Zucker (who directed one of my all-time favorite comedies, "Airplane") has joined the fold. Like some others in this political sphere, Zucker has retained some of his liberal attitudes towards social issues. But when it comes to national security, it's the Republican Party, not the Democrats, that inspire his confidence. Not only that, but Zucker is directing Internet election ads for pro-Republican, tax-exempt 527 groups. This Jewish Journal article provides the juicy details:

David Zucker, the producer and director of "Airplane," "The Naked Gun" and "Scary Movie 4," embraced the Republican Party in 2004 and voted for President Bush, largely because of security concerns. Once a liberal activist and campaign adviser to President Bill Clinton, he made a low-budget anti-Kerry ad that ran mostly in Ohio and kept his political change-of-heart largely under Hollywood's radar.

Not now.

Zucker sees threats to America and Israel mounting, and he believes the Democrats are unable or unwilling to confront those challenges, so he has decided to go public with his belief that the Democrats have lost their way. Starting Oct. 9, the first of two ads Zucker directed and co-wrote will begin running on the Internet in hopes of helping the Republicans retain control of the House in the November elections. Like his movies, Zucker's edgy spots employ his trademark fast-paced, gag-a-second-slapstick humor that has made him the undisputed king of spoof.

Zucker's hilarious ad spoofing the Democratic Party, and particularly the late, not so great, Clinton administration Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, is a must-see. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Mentally Ill also makes a cameo performance...sort of. Watch it at YouTube. (And yes, it's been flagged as "inappropriate.")

And welcome to the right side, Mr. Zucker. We're more than happy to have you!

Update: According to Drudge, GOP strategists are refusing to use Zucker's ad because they consider it too controversial. What a bunch of wimps! They could learn a thing or two about media savvy from us former lefties, INMHO...

Update: The plot thickens over at Hot Air.

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.


Blogger Fern R said...

I hope the GOP works closely with converts from Hollywood and other creative industries because I think Republicans could do a better job of presenting a more accurate portrait of who we really are. We're not all old school marms chasing after sinners and shaking our bible in one hand and wagging our finger with the other.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:01:00 PM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

Of course the RNC is running from the ads. They're such wimps.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:11:00 PM  
Blogger Fern R said...

Oh no! They won't run his ads? You're kidding. The people who run the GOP are dumb sometimes.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 11:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zucker's ad makes a point ans is funny at the same time. (Airplane is also one of my favorites).

The GOP needs leaders with a spine unafraid to get down in the dirt with their opponents.

That they allowed the Foley Fiasco to be the big event it became is just ridiculous when we have much more important uissues facing the nation.

On the other hand, it is refreshing to see Democrats with some moral values, for a change.

As long as this ad is online, several will see it and hopefully, realize jsut what is at stake in the next elections.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 8:09:00 PM  

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