A Chilling Moment from “The Manchurian Candidate”

From 1962, it’s the scene in which Senator Jordan, shown below, discusses the political ambitions of his colleague, Senator John “Johnny” Iselin: 


Let me quote a bit more:

Sen. Jordan: You’re seriously trying for the nomination for Johnny?

Mrs. Iselin: No, we couldn’t make it. But he has a good chance for the second spot. Now, I’ve answered your question, but you haven’t answered mine. Will you block us?

Sen. Jordan: Would I block you? I would spend every cent I own, and all I could borrow, to block you. There are people who think of Johnny as a clown and a buffoon, but I do not. I despise John Iselin and everything that Iselinism has come to stand for. I think, if John Iselin were a paid Soviet agent, he could not do more to harm this country than he’s doing now. You have asked me a question. Very well, I shall answer you. If you attempt a deal with the delegates, or cause Johnny’s name to be brought forward on the ticket, or if, in my canvass of the delegates tomorrow morning, I find that you are so acting, I will bring impeachment proceedings against your husband on the floor of the United States Senate. And I will hit him, I promise you, with everything in my well-documented book.

Mrs. Iselin: [Mrs. Iselin leaves without a word, the discussion clearly over, for the present]

The three of us watching the movie all had the same reaction. Maybe you’re having it too.