Last Man Standing
What are the Texas politics that propelled George W. Bush to the White House and that seem to be the blueprint for Republican grassroots success in much of the United States of late? Filmmaker Paul Stekler takes a camera to the Lone Star state to find out, in a lively, behind-the-scenes look at a pair of 2002 elections. One race is for state representative in a suburban/rural district that includes Lyndon Johnson’s hometown. The other is the statewide campaign for governor that pits Bush’s ascendant Republican Party versus an historic multi-cultural Democratic ticket. The characters include Karl Rove, Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, and especially two, young ambitious candidates for state rep, who literally fight it out until late on election night, leaving one last man standing.