Dirty Tricks: The Man Who Got the Bushes Elected

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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Stefan Forbes's gripping documentary tells the story of Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise to become chairman of the GOP positioned him as kingmaker and political rock star.

Atwater mentored George W Bush and Karl Rove while leading the Republicans to victory, helped make liberal a dirty word and transformed the way America elects its presidents.

Featuring interviews with colleagues, friends and adversaries, the film sheds new light on his crucial role in America's shift to the right in the past ten years.

  • Clip: The Republican Party

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    Commentators suggest that the Republican party has adopted a strategy of 'dumbing down' to appeal to voters.

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