Casino Jack is a consistently amusing biopic starring Kevin Spacey as the manic, bull-necked Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who recently spent three and a half years in prison for, as far as I can tell, running a little more amok than is considered seemly among Washington insiders.Read the whole thing there.
As Abramoff brushes his teeth in the opening scene, he pumps himself up for a long day of throwing his weight around with his own personal 1980s action-movie catchphrase: â€?I am Jack Abramoff and, oh yeah, I work out every day.â€? When Abramoff escorts his Indian-chief clients, one in an eagle-feather headdress, into the Oval Office, George W. Bush greets him with, â€?Hey, Buff Guy, what are you benching?â€?
Granted, a timelier movie could have been made about, say, Tony Rezko, the current presidentâ€™s old friend and fundraiser, who is still being held in an undisclosed location awaiting sentencing. A half-decade ago, the press thoroughly covered Abramoffâ€™s career of fleecing crooked Indian tribes to fund a sniper school for West Bank settlers. In contrast, the Chicago Democratic operativeâ€™s similarly wacky life (as the business brains behind the Nation of Islam, Rezko managed the Black Muslimsâ€™ most famous convert, Muhammad Ali) remains almost unknown due to the mediaâ€™s aversion to mentioning anything interesting about Barack Obamaâ€™s background.