A film that centers on the U.S. Senate’s role in confirming executive nominations made by the president, Advise and Consent (1962) is arguably about whether moral limits pertain to power. Put another way, should we expect no-hold barred efforts to manipulate others in the political arena? Personal lives and personal pasts being fair game? Moreover, is the aim power for its own sake, or the manipulation of others for the sake of a public policy and ultimately the good of the country?
The full essay is at “Advise and Consent”