Is Carl Paladino the 2010 version of anchorman Howard Beale ? The imagery at his victory rally and his free use of the "Mad as Hell" line from the the move 'Network' allows the drawing of comparisons to the 1976 film.
Is Paladino a man "struggling to accept the social ails and depravity in the world around him" as Beale is described in a Wikipedia bio ?
Certainly the people behind the scenes at the Paladino campaign would find a recreation of Beale in a political context an interesting exercise in political theater.
Of course the end of the movie isn't so good for Beale....but its fun to watch and there is a cathartic value to this kind of spleen venting....