I don't mean to wage war against anything and everything that others are likely to clamor for, but I've had doubts against "The Ides of March" from the beginning. However, those doubts are that it's anything that goes above and beyond towards Oscar recognition. With positive, though not ecstatic, reviews, I think we can rule out its chances at getting that 5% passion plea from the Academy. Not going to happen. All the same, if this seems so overtly self-evident, I still have expectations that it'll fly well with audiences, and with me as well. I'm not out for Clooney's destruction. I'm just trying to keep things in a generally level-headed area.