GOP use of Ben Affleck movie clip riles Dems
July 27th, 2011
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GOP use of Ben Affleck movie clip riles Dems

Washington, D.C. (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee went after Republicans for using a violent movie clip to incite unity at a House Conference meeting Tuesday.

In the scene, from "The Town," actors Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner hold a short pep talk, where one tells the other that he needs his help as they go "hurt some people." They then drive off to an apartment and bludgeon two men.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the use of the clip a "sad metaphor" of how Republicans have acted during negotiations to raise the debt ceiling.

"They could have used 'Hoosiers,' 'Rudy' or 'Band of Brothers'," Wasserman Schultz said in a press conference Wednesday. "But this was the choice they made."

Affleck, who also wrote and directed "The Town," responded to the incident Wednesday from Turkey, where he's working on his next movie, "Argo."

"I don't know if this is a compliment or the ultimate repudiation– but if they're going to be watching movies, I think 'The Company Men' is more appropriate," Affleck said in a statement.

In 2010's "The Company Men," Affleck stars as a white-collar worker who loses his job when the recession forces his corporation to downsize.

The Florida congresswoman interpreted Tuesday's movie clip as Republicans wanting to hurt either the Democrats and President Obama in the debt talks–or the American people through entitlement cuts.

"Now is the time for compromise, not for pain," Wasserman Schultz said.

Republicans, meanwhile, brushed off the attacks and said the DNC is focused on the wrong issue.

"With our country in the midst of a debt crisis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz should spend more time pushing her president to put forth a debt ceiling plan and less time holding press conferences about movies," said Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

Schultz was joined by Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, who said Americans deserve better behavior among lawmakers.

But when asked by a reporter if Democrats had ever shown violent movies to "fire up the troops," Clyburn recalled a time when "Braveheart" was shown at a caucus meeting after Republicans took over the House majority.

Clyburn said the clip was used "as a metaphor for us maintaining our own faith in the process."

soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Jon in Rochester

    The GOP thugs disgusts me! They need to watch "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". They don't want to compromise at all and they don't want to do anything that is good for the country or that might upset their rich corporate masters and special interests that have them in their back pockets.

    July 27, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Don

    You people are absolutly ridiculous.

    July 27, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. um

    Hilarious that people are commenting on this woman's if that matters at ALL.
    But since we're talking looks, have you looked at Palin or Bachmann? Come on.
    Woof, indeed.

    July 27, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Thanks for all these pictures of Horse Face Schultz! Look great on the ol' dartboard! Have to be careful about the little ones seeing them though. Don't want any nightmares.

    July 27, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. David

    Someone needs to knock some sence into the democrats. They are generally emotionally driven immuture driven people. No long term mentality at all.

    July 27, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Toronto Girl

    “With our country in the midst of a debt crisis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz should spend more time pushing her president to put forth a debt ceiling plan and less time holding press conferences about movies,” said Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee"

    July 27, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. abo42000

    Are all Democrats big panzies, or is it just the ones elected to office.

    July 27, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. TDiddy

    Liberals are sooooo sensitive! Bunch of wussies!

    July 27, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. mouse

    wrong issue? 'lets go hurt some people' ... which people are they intending to hurt? ... oh wait ... this is for motivation? ... well these are the people who push wars for oil, deregulate everything so they can line their pockets while polluted line our streams lakes and waterways with poison and do everything they can to take money from my wallet to put into theirs and then demand they be allowed tax breaks and to be allowed to give more tax breaks to companies who haven't needed them since the end of WWII, i don't guess this kind of thing should come as a surprise

    July 27, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. JoeSeattle

    I love the term "debt crisis". As if this were some natural disaster that hit us out of the blue.

    We are near the inevitable conclusion of many decades of willful fiscal irresponsibility. The gov't has piled this debt up diligently brick-after-brick, all the while glad that they're spending someone else's future. Baby boomers – you made this bed and you should lie in it. If you wanted to collect Medicare and Social Security, you should have insisted it be funded instead of glutting yourselves on gov't pork. You can't have your cake and eat it too. If you expected to live on social security, you're screwed, and better get make other plans. Collectively you only have yourselves to blame, and our generation owes you nothing.

    July 27, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. LR Bryan

    Most libs are such morons. How can we sustain current spending levels when 40 cents of every dollar the government spends is borrowed? How can it ever be paid back when you continue to present budgets with deficits?
    Also explain to me how this 'economic armegeddon' benefits the rich. Wouldn't a big downturn or collapse of the stock market initially hurt rich investors more than the poor or middle class?

    July 27, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Tony 140

    Spare me....these politicians need to get to work. They believe that it is their business to pontificate on everything and anything. I don't care what they think about movies – I want them to do the nations business and lead. For them, their re-election, their power and their influence comes first. Their arrogance, eliteness, holier-than-thou atitudes and assumption of superior intelligence are beginning to wear thin on the people. After this debt ceiling gets issue goes away – we need to have a serious discussion/debate about term limits. Even better, do like Alaska does: the Legislature meets only for 100 days a year. They are forced to go back and live and mingle in the "real world" Let's do it..

    July 27, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Hoggee

    Interesting that people think the rich are getting a hand out and the middle class and poor are getting kicked down. It's the rich who are paying the taxes for many of the middle class and ALL of the poor. They don't even pay taxes, but they are sure generous with other people's money.

    Also interesting that it's the Republicans who aren't compromising but the Dems won't budge either. The difference is, if the Repbulicans don't budge and cut spending and don't raise debt ceiling, we can sustain the current debt limit. The Dems just want to continue with their spending spree to bankrupt the country. Now which one is for the country? Hmmmmm...somehow I think bankrupting the country is probably not very good for us.

    July 27, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Ryan

    The Dems are crying & whining and shifting attention away from the issue at hand?? No, really? Gee, who would have guessed....

    July 27, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. forward gal

    It's okay; I NEVER referred to Baby Bush as my president either. He was such an insult to my intelligence, I just couldn't bear the thought of his being the official representative of the U.S.A. I don't know how they look at Obama as being that man. It's just about his being black and don't let anyone kid you otherwise. That said, the repugs have been doing nothing since all their promises in 2010. They made it clear that unseating Obama was their #1 PRIORITY; so dummies who voted for them, how's that working for you now?

    July 27, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Norm

    Who cares what the Republicans do.
    They show their true colors over and over again, so why the shock?
    They need to be ignored and kept in the in their place.
    Not sure what happened in November.
    That was a dangerous lapse by the people of this country.
    We can't let these self centered crooks have any kind of authority.
    You see what happens.
    How soon we all forget the Bush reign of terror.

    July 27, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Mike

    Sound right to me. Sometimes Democrats will drown you not just bludgeon you. Then become a senior senator and idolized at his death.

    All Democrats want to do is get more people on government assistance and promote socialism.

    July 27, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Conservative terrorist

    You know, they're never going to get that smell out of the White House.

    July 27, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. SecedingfromTexas

    To all of you beauty queens and Tom Cruise look-alikes posting here, what a sad lot you are. No depth to your
    thinking. It appears that your life is built around a total concern about what you see in the mirror, but never forget that your
    eyes are the mirrors to your souls, and I would bet you have very shallow eyes weighted down with very heavy

    July 27, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. crooked bridge

    Apparently professionalism and simple maturity is not a requirement. What age are these guys, 15?

    July 27, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. ART

    Republicans are nut jobs. What an embarassment and also as a New Yorker I'd like to take this time and apologise for Rep Peter King, he is an embarassment to all of New York and America.

    July 27, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Larry L

    The Republican Party lost a sense of honor long ago, when they quit representing working Americans and became pawns of special interest groups and the uber rich. They forgot "what would Jesus do?" and moved toward "who can we screw to remain in control?". They replaced the ethics of Barry Goldwater with the evil of Karl Rove. The leaders are the ruthless and greedy elite and the followers are angry white people brainwashed by the lies of Fox News. Why would anybody expect them not to "swift boat" their path through every election?

    July 27, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. CutTax

    Impeach Obama or die

    July 27, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Jeff

    They should have shown this clip.

    July 27, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. windwalker9649

    I love all the repressed views that people have, and then project onto a group of people they dont like. LIke the person who claimed all the Repubs want to do is get the "colored" guy out of the white house. DId anyone else say that? Has any republicans at the top of the party ever said anything to even imply that they feel that way except that they disagree with his governing philosophy?? If so, I havent seen it. You have people using stupid sophmoric names; like "Rethugs". How long did it take you to think that up? Probably stolen from some political writer. And what are we to learn from the guy who shot the Rep?? That violet paranoid scitzophrenics shouldnt have guns? He was as much a political extremist as the guy who shot Regan to impress Jody Foster. How can people write on a news outlets website, yet still be so ill-informed? Must only focus on what they want to see, and attribute it to what they want to believe.
    The Republicans have acted like spoiled brats during this whole debate, and are tone-deaf to what the majority of the people want. But if the writers on these comments sections are the same people that are going to the polls to elect the people in office, its no wonder we have the most pedestrian group of legislators that this countries seen since the days of 50% illideracy. Debby Wasserman is no better than the tea-party politicians, shes just the other side of the same coin. I attribute the group we have in office to the whole "get out the vote" campains of the last few decades.
    Please, for the love of god; if you dont have any interest in voting; dont vote. There's nothing wrong with having no interest in politics. But there is this prevailing view in this country that its your civic duty to vote. Its your civic duty to stay home if you dont know the issues, or the candidates. How do you think we ended up with all this hyper-partisian rancor? Theres always been a split between the parties, but we have a full fledge scism right now. Get all the ultra left and right wing people out, get the people who have strong party loyalty, but that are willing to be pragmatic into office. Unfortunately, with the people both parties are getting to head their national committies; i dont see that happening. Within 10 years the whole Congress will be filled with fascists on one side, and communists on the other.

    July 27, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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