A treat for a nation weaned on tawdry political scandal, televised House Judiciary hearings and The West Wing
, this smart political thriller gets pulses pounding with no pyrotechnics and only one car crash. And it's a doozy: An wayward sedan careens off a
bridge right where Governor Jack Hathaway (William Petersen), who's been tapped by Democratic president Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) to fill the spot left vacant by the recently deceased veep, happens to be fishing. He's unable to save the woman who's trapped inside, and even though Hathaway's
heroics send his approval ratings through the roof, his nomination is nevertheless withdrawn by a president nervous...