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Netflix to release ‘MITT’ documentary on Romney’s failed bid for the White House

MITT Poster from Netflix. http://t.co/CqHQ3qjrET

Spoiler alert: Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election.

Thanks to Netflix, we will now be able to watch Romney work tirelessly for years to become president, right up until the moment he realizes that he must write his concession speech.

MITT Poster from Netflix.  http://t.co/CqHQ3qjrET

MITT Poster from Netflix. http://t.co/CqHQ3qjrET

Netflix announced this week that it will release ‘MITT’, a documentary on Romney’s campaign for the presidency, on January 24.

Don’t expect a hard-hitting investigative piece. This is going to be an open window into the campaign. The trailer shows behind-the-scenes footage, most notably the moments after the Romney campaign realized they had lost. Such high-level access wasn’t given to just any documentary filmmakers.

Seth Gordon is the documentary’s executive producer. Gordon’s previous films include ‘Undefeated,’ a film featuring Sarah Palin that was panned by movie critics and praised by tea party conservatives.

The director is Greg Whiteley, a BYU graduate an Emmy-nominated director whose previous work includes ‘New York Doll,’ a film on a 70’s punk rocker who converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Whiteley met the subject of his film at church). ‘New York Doll’ was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for an award.

‘MITT’ will premiere at Sundance just a few days before the Netflix release. Hopefully, this means that ‘MITT’ is of the style and quality Whiteley’s ‘New York Doll’. Sundance program director Trevor Groth told the Salt Lake City Tribune that the film presents an unbiased, open look at the campaign. “It’s not a puff piece on him,” said Groth.

In other Netflix news: if you want a less predictable experience, House of Cards season 2 will be released on Valentines Day.

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Tobin Grant

@TobinGrant blogs for Religion News Service at Corner of Church and State, a data-driven conversation on religion and politics. He is a political science professor at Southern Illinois University and associate editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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  • Hurricane Sandy definitely was the final nail in Mitt’s coffin. Since NY and NJ were not going to be “red states” he could not be bothered to react. He got as close as swing state Ohio to give a phony fundraiser. It showed him to be as callous and self interested as people accused him of being.

    Of course insulting just under half of the electorate 2 months before the election didn’t help, but he had enough time to apply spin control there.