By Marc Campos

Harris County ’08, Shelley’s Special, Croakers, Oscar

Commentary received a couple of responses about my take yesterday on the Harris County Dem effort or lack of in 2008. Commentary will keep making the case until I start seeing some progress. Hey, that’s what I’m supposed to do – right? It’s about increasing Latino voter participation – stupid!

My PR Agent devotes her Chron column today to the Shelley $4 Million Special. She says Melissa Noriega has the best organized campaign so far – good for Melissa! No mention on who’s #2 – maybe the GOP Latino fella – he’s got a few GOP heavy hitters with him including Orlando Sanchez’ former top advisor – Jack.

Meanwhile, the James Rodriguez for Houston City Council, District I campaign continues to build support. Folks are still talking about James' reception this past Tuesday evening.

Commentary met The Lovely Wendy’s parents the other evening at James’ kick-off reception. They are very nice folks and real excited about the campaign. They are also excited about the June wedding. That’s good for James and Wendy.

Commentary’s real real glad the former Playmate who bit the dust a couple of weeks ago pulled her croaker act now rather than in 2008. Heck, it would if knocked the Prez campaign off the news pages.

You gotta figure the Hollywooding of the Dem Prez sweepstakes right before the Academy Awards was kind of staged. I mean, it is downright weird. We took the Dem Prez sweepstakes to the entertainment and gossip pages and nearly knocked the Anna Nicole Smith corpse buzzards off stride. Ditto the Britney Yul Brynner act. Nice try.

Speaking of Hollywood and politics one of Commentary’s favorite political films – “The Candidate” with Robert Redford – won Best Screenplay back in 1972

OK, enough of this cinema kissing stuff leading up to this Sunday’s Academy Awards. Commentary has his all-time favorite movies that got nominated for Best Pic but didn’t win.

“The Wizard of Oz” lost to “Gone with the Wind” – it wouldn’t lose today. You don’t see them selling Scarlet O’Hara or Rhett Butler figurines today – enough said!

“Saving Private Ryan” lost to “Shakespeare in Love” – a last minute surge job.

“Taxi Driver” lost to “Rocky” – OK.

“Jaws” lost to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” – that’s not so crazy ..... awww!

“The Exorcist” lost to “The Sting” – OK.

“Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” lost to “Midnight Cowboy” – not if it would have been title “Ratso Rizzo and Joe Buck.”

“Doctor Zhivago” lost to “The Sound of Music” – OK.

“Dr. Strangelove” lost to “My Fair Lady” – probably not with today’s Academy voters.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” lost to “Lawrence of Arabia” – well, OK.

“The Graduate” and “Bonnie and Clyde” lost to “In the Heat of the Night” – wow!

Commentary’s Best Flick to not even get a nomination for Best Pic or for that matter not a single Oscar nomination – “The Searchers.” The nominated flicks that year were winner “Around the World in 80 Days”, “Friendly Persuasion” – huh, “Giant”, “The King and I”, and “The Ten Commandments.” FYI – “Persuasion” starred Gary Cooper.

This Sunday it looks like either “The Departed” or “Babel” will come out with the Best Pic.

As Ethan Edwards keeps saying in the 1956 John Ford classic – “ that’ll be the day” if the Best Pic Oscar goes to either “The Queen”, “Letters from Iwo Jima” or “Little Miss Sunshine.” And the Oscar goes to ……

February 23, 2007, 9:00AM

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