Clicking through Netflix the other day, I stumbled upon a documentary that I had favorited a while ago. I had yet to watch it. Too many things on my plate. I figured it was time... time to see what is up with the documentary, Mitt. This Netflix original sought to show the wear and tear of campaigning on those who choose to run.
Whether you are a Romney fan or not, there is value in this film. (The Huffington Post totally slayed this film and Mitt Romney as a whiney flip-flopper that would have ruined the Presidency... a pretty bold statement.)
You see the consideration that goes into every campaign appearance, every debate, every dinner. You see the intense political positioning and internal discussion as to how to work every comment, every gaffe, every victory into more votes. And you see how it wears down those who would never want us to see that.
It is a great way to insert access to a candidate that spans two presidential elections. I am sure that the images and situations are chosen carefully by Mitt himself to preserve his image, but is still a great behind-the-scenes access.
You won't see this from the Obama camp, even though he is a master of media access. (Think of his guest apperances on Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns.) After all, Obama has more image and office to preserve.
So I would recommend it as a viewing, either in part or in whole.
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan