The film is based on the play “Farragut North,” which was loosely based on the 2004 Howard Dean campaign. Some may argue that Morris, a Democratic Governor, has more in common with the former Governor of Vermont than the former Senator from Illinois. However, one key difference comes to mind. Obama succeeded in the national political arena while Dean did not. Dean’s star began fading before the caucus-goers in Iowa chose their candidate. Obama, on the other hand, succeeded in early primaries and the caucuses and became a major force in politics. It goes without saying that Obama is a far more gifted orator than Dean ever was. Like Obama, Morris attracts hordes of young followers through his idealistic campaign promises.
Early on in “The Ides of March,” Myers declares that Governor Morris is “the one.” He openly admits that he drank the campaign Kool-Aid. When a New York Times reporter (played by an intensely powerful Marissa Tomei) tells Myers that Morris is just another politician, he simply doesn’t believe her.
In the same way, Obama’s political supporters now seem to realize that Obama isn’t the savior that they voted for.
The fact that “The Ides of March” is coming out now speaks to the obvious disenchantment that the left feels about President Obama. Clooney has even admitted that he shelved the project after Obama was elected. Now that the Obama luster has faded and even celebrities are becoming disenfranchised by the president, it seems like the perfect time to watch a movie about a candidate who turned out to be less of a hero than his supporters thought he was.