We just asked RJ Cutler (who you should know by now directed The September Issue) if there were any similarities between the way Vogue is run and the way the ’92 Clinton campaign (the subject of The War Room, which he produced and we very highly recommend) was managed. This was his answer:
“The similarity I would focus on is one of leadership–people who are passionate about what they do and are doing it under high stake circumstances. It’s a good way of describing Anna Wintour. It’s a good way of describing James Carville. And George Stephanopolous. And Grace Coddington. Though they certainly dress differently.”
Diplomatic, sure. But it got me thinking of Anna as the British Carville. Where she is succinct and direct, he’s one for wild tangents with a dose of southern crazy. But they both get exactly what they need from their people in the end. I’m currently obsessing over matching up the secondary players. Paul Begala, anyone?
(Okay, and now I realize that I’ve totally just unveiled another of my obsessions: the inner workings of the political machine. I cycle through every season of The West Wing on Bravo just to begin all over again as soon as Jimmy Smits gets elected. It may be time for an intervention. Apologies.)