A Perfect Candidate | 1996
In addition to chronicling the mud-soaked, ideologically polarized face-off between Lt. Col. Oliver North, the Iran-Contra martyr/hero, and Senator Charles Robb, the peccadillo-plagued New Democrat, during the 1994 Virginia Senate race, this feature documentary follows the more personal journeys of chief North strategist Mark Goodin and Washington Post correspondent Don Baker. Goodin, embittered by a career in the trenches of Republican politics, is driven to win at all costs, but plagued by doubts that his brand of hard-ball campaigning may be ruining the country. The wry and cynical Baker, on the other hand, is a lifetime liberal who feels betrayed by politician after politician, but who finds hope for American democracy coming from a most unexpected quarter. Like the people of Virginia struggling to choose between North and Robb, like voters across America this election year, both Goodin and Baker are chasing the elusive hope of democracy--the search for a perfect candidate.