Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life.
Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused Senator McCarthy of improperly pressuring the Army for special privileges for Private David Schine, formerly of McCarthy's investigative staff. McCarthy accused the Army of holding Schine hostage to keep him from searching for Communists in the Army. These hearings resulted in McCarthy's eventual censure for conduct unbecoming a senator.
History and political science buffs will appreciate this anthology of speeches by Sen. Ted Kennedy -- one of America's most enduring lawmakers -- featuring footage spanning more than four decades of the Massachusetts democrat's illustrious career. Highlights include Kennedy's moving eulogy at his brother Robert's funeral in 1968, the dedication of the John F. Kennedy Library in 1993 and a stirring speech from Barack Obama's presidential campaign.