Go, and Spin No More

The underrated movie version of Primary Colors ends differently from Joe Klein's novel. In both, the idealistic young campaign aide, modeled on George Stephanopoulos, is disillusioned by the moral flaws (adultery and lying) of the presidential candidate, modeled on Bill Clinton. The book leaves it unclear whether George quits or joins the Administration. The movie adds a scene at the Inaugural Ball, making it clear that George has signed on. The camera pans the crowd, and a woman begs the President-elect, "Don't break our hearts."

Cut to real life. Hearts were broken. George did join the Administration, left after one term...

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