Dan Glickman: A Bad Economy Means People Turn to the Right

The head of the Motion Picture Association makes a cameo in What's the Matter With Kansas?

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

He's known as the movie guy now, but before his stint as the head of the Motion Picture Association of America and before he was Bill Clinton's agriculture secretary, Dan Glickman was a Democratic congressman from Kansas. So it's not a huge surprise to see Glickman make a cameo appearance in the upcoming documentary What's the Matter With Kansas ? the film version of the popular Thomas Frank book. "It's an interesting movie," says Glickman. "Thomas Frank makes the point that—it's not always Kansas but America—where the economy will turn bad and as people's problems get worse, they will turn to the right as opposed to the left."

Kansans certainly turned to the right politically in Glickman's experience. He was ousted from his House seat in the 1994 midterm elections, and his Fourth District has been a solid red since. The flick will be playing at this weekend's Politics on Film festival here in Washington, a first of its kind, which will showcase a number of documentaries and feature films that are politically themed. Glickman also gave his take on his favorite political movie—the Jimmy Stewart classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington . "When that movie was done, it was boycotted by the leaders of the United States Senate because they viewed it as seditious," Glickman says. "This is something that every person who wants politics to change in America should see," he adds.

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