In the new movie "Swing Vote," Kevin Costner plays an alcoholic single father named Bud who has just lost his job. He makes a promise to his daughter Molly that he will show up and vote on election day, but he lets her down when he goes to the bar to console himself after getting laid off. Molly waits for him at the polling place until they are about to close. And when Bud doesn't show up, Molly decides to take matters into her own hands to make sure that her father's vote is counted.
There's just one hitch - the touch screen voting machine malfunctions and it's like election night 2000 all over again. Under New Mexico election laws, Bud is entitled to recast his vote, and the rest of the movie centers around both presidential candidates' efforts to court Bud's vote. The film is an interesting critique of our election system and how candidates are willing to say or do anything to win votes. In the movie, the Democrats come out against abortion and immigration, while the Republicans come out in favor of environmental protections. They may be taking things to the extreme, but I think the movie definitely underscores the ways that the Democrats have sold out their liberal and progressive base.