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It makes the electorate ripe for Sen. McCain's populist message, Mr. Hart said, recalling the classic movie, "Network," where TV news anchor Howard Beale urges viewers to proclaim, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore."

"John McCain has become the Howard Beale of this election," Mr. Hart said. |The Fever Swamp|

The thing is, Beale was off his rocker when he said that, and had previously pledged to commit suicide on the air. Moreover, one of the points the movie is making is that being mad as hell doesn't do much good, since anger is as easy to manipulate and market as anything else. Easier, really.

But, you know, any port in a storm.

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