As many times as I have seen Moore in the public square, it's never sunk in how brashly entertaining he is. Just standing onstage talking, he displays a true gift for storytelling outside the medium of film.
He also lays off any Hillary bashing, even though some of the audience probably would have eaten it up ...
Sigh. They still haven't learned.
But Moore has. Instead of dwelling on Hillary's mistakes (he does allow that she, like Gore, failed to showcase who she really is in a likable way, but also speaks affectionately of her and calls her the smartest person ever to run for POTUS), he hammers home that getting rid of Trump, while difficult, is doable.
And he holds out little hope that it will happen before 2020. If it does, it wil hinge on Democrats winning back the Senate and the House, which he allows is a challenge, but which he points out should be doable since the majority of America is on our side. The numbers back it up.
The only aspect of the show that made me queasy was his prediction — and he's been good at those — that Trump will nuke a less populated part of North Korea just to distract from his scandals and to shore up support, repeating Bush's recipe for success. If that happens? He says we should pour into the streets, French Revolution-style.
And we should.
The most ridiculously satisfying part of the show is when he randomly picks a Canadian who had okay grades in school and an American who had great grades and engaged them in a quiz show about various things everyone should know. Just as predicted, the Canadian aced the questions, while the American flopped (oddly, the American knew that 33,000 people died in shootings in the U.S. — picked the number exactly — but didn't know the capital or the PM of Canada).
By chance, Moore picked actor Christian Campbell as the Canadian, and then proceeded to talk to him like he was a newbie, unkonwn actor. I later congratulated Christian on his humility. (He was a doll, and told me how much he loved making Trick.)
Rob Reiner was the special celebrity guest (Moore mentioned he is after Hillary!), and the two had a frank, soul-searching chat about how the hell we got here and where the hell we're going. Reiner recalled an anecdote whose takeaway is that the difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Democrats are willing to entertain the possibility that we're wrong. He's right.
I was surprised how uninformed the audience, made up of mostly older and politically informed-seeming people, were, judging by the gasps of shock when he brought up things like that recent poll stating 52% of Republican voters would support stalling the 2020 election. But the stuff I didn't actually know had more to do with Moore's personal history — who knew he was there at Bitburg when lunkheaded Ronald Reagan laid a wreath at the graves of the Nazis? Yep, Moore was there, protesting with a big ol' sign. He had previously, as a teenager, helped spark a national effort to change the law so that private organizations could no longer exclude people base on their race.
Learn something new every day.
Don't miss this show — and don't let Trump happen again.
P.S. There was a talk-back, too, and well worth the 10 minutes it lasted. Mark Green, a prominent NYC politico, asked Moore if he was proud or embarrassed to have supported Nader in 2000, and Moore went into an absolutely juicy story about how he had supported Nader with the understanding that he wouldn't campaign in important states like Florida. When Gore pissed Nader off by getting him shut out of the debates, Nader took it personally and waged war against Gore, regardless of the fact that it could have (and did) install W as president. Moore deeply regrets that turn of events, and asserted that someone in the Gore campaign called him to ask Nader to stop hammering Gore in Florida and elsewhere, even offering some kind of deal. Nader refused, something Moore says he's lost sleep over since, because he feels it was his own lack of persuasion that was to blame.