On Netflix Now: Caucus (2013)

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If you’re interested in politics, there are two excellent films on Netflix which explore the recent political history of the United States.

On Netflix Now is a new series, which reviews dramatic feature films and documentaries currently on Netflix.

Caucus (2013) covers the 2011 Republican Primary in Iowa, and Mitt (2014) follows former US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in 2008 and 2012.

Both films present a somewhat more authentic portrait of the political hopefuls than the crude caricatures of conservative candidates that are common in the media.

Names like Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich will be familiar to political junkies who kept abreast of events during the political season of 2011.

Your political affiliations (if you have any) will have largely determined your perception of these seemingly larger than life Republicans: entertaining to some, absurd to others.

Santorum, in particular, attracted a great deal of criticism from his political opponents over comments he made about gay marriage and abortion.

To those of a more liberal persuasion, and even moderate conservatives, Santorum seemed like a cartoon character, a comical, exaggerated version of right-wing fundamentalism.

Prior to the Iowa Primary, he was also a complete outlier, the least popular candidate and the most poorly funded.

In Caucus, however, he emerges triumphantly, as the very embodiment of dogged determination. Though much teased about his initial unpopularity, by the end of the campaign he had leapfrogged over his more favoured competitors – Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, all of whom burned brightly but briefly – to finish a close second to Mitt Romney.

Even if you disagree with everything he stands for, Santorum certainly teaches a valuable lesson in consistency and indefatigability.

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