George Will: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Should Win As 'Rebuke To Senators Levin, Feinstein and McCain'

February 24th, 2013 12:55 PM

Syndicated columnist George Will on ABC's This Week Sunday made a marvelous observation about the upcoming Academy Awards.

In his view, “Zero Dark Thirty” should win as best picture as a “rebuke to Senators Levin, Feinstein, and McCain who have enough to do without being movie critics and falsely accusing that movie of taking a stand on torture it does not take” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

For those missing his point, Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.) all came down strongly on "Zero Dark Thirty" for including a scene involving waterboarding.

As Will accurately observed, that's really not what we're paying our political leaders to do.

More deliciously, Time magazine’s Steven Brill completely agreed with Will saying moments later, “Senators ought to be dealing with the stuff we dealt with at the beginning of this discussion and not with movies.”

For those that missed it, Brill was involved in a lengthy panel discussion dealing with the topics of bringing down healthcare costs and the upcoming sequester.

As he said, maybe such issues would be closer to resolution if members of Congress focused on them rather than movies.

I couldn't agree more.