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Beginning to feel the heat
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, February 21, 2007

That would be both Hillary and Obama. As has been reported for a couple of days, the Hollywood glitterati seem to be falling for Obama in a big and expensive way.
Movie stars Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston and Denzel Washington wrote checks, and scores of producers and agents paid $4,600 per couple — the maximum allowed — to jam a hotel ballroom for a two-hour, closed-door cocktail reception hosted by entertainment moguls Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

Those who collected $46,000 in checks for the event, which attracted 300 people, were invited to Geffen's house for a more intimate sit-down dinner with Obama.

Organizers said they expected the freshman senator to leave town flush not only with money but also with valuable connections in a city that has for decades served as a lifeline for Democratic presidential contenders.
Defection? Or is there plenty to go around for Hillary as well?
"There will be lots of excitement about her," Donna Bojarsky, a Hollywood-based political consultant who attended last night's Obama event, said of Hillary Clinton. "But with him, there's this overwhelming sense that people could be getting in at the ground floor of a historic journey."

That is not to say Hollywood is leaving Hillary Clinton behind. Spielberg is one of many who have pledged to raise money for Obama, Clinton and former senator John Edwards. Next month, former supermarket magnate Ron Burkle will host a major fundraiser for Clinton.

"Senator Clinton has been a box-office hit in this town for 15 years," said Chad Griffin, a Hollywood-based political strategist and staff member in the Clinton White House. "Anyone who can survive the industry for 15 years has lasting power."
That brings us to David Geffen and an interview which Maureen Dowd just published in her NY Times (select) column. Joe Gandleman at "The Moderate Voice" has excerpts (NYT firewall, not worth it but not to proud to steal ... with attribution of course, etc.). It was in that interview that Geffen blasted the Clintons and prompted a response from the Clinton Campaign:
Maureen Dowd's column in The New York Times today, in which she quoted former Bill Clinton supporter David Geffen offering a few caustic comments, has incited a strong Hillary Clinton campaign attack on Geffen — and the candidate he now favors, Sen. Barack Obama.

"Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling,” Geffen said.

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson just released the following statement: "While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign's finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband.

"If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.

"While Democrats should engage in a vigorous debate on the issues, there is no place in our party or our politics for the kind of personal insults made by Senator Obama's principal fundraiser."
Heh ... fat chance Obama's going to can Geffen ... not with the money he can bring in. Of course what the Clinton Campaign is referring too is this from Obama:
"We've got to get beyond the small politics, ... the slash and burn politics that have become the custom in Washington," the Illinois senator told a crowd of about 3,500 gathered at an outdoor amphitheater in Las Vegas.
Well they may try to get beyond "small politics" but with Geffen you're talking "big money". My guess? Geffen gets quieter, but stays right where he is with some rationalization put forward by the Obama campaign to justify it.

In politics, more than any other area of life, money talks, BS walks.
 
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I can’t wait for your fair and balanced review of this event where a pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro gun control, serial adulterer visits the guy who blamed pagans,abortionists, feminists & gays and lesbians for bringing for the terrorist attacks.
 
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I can’t wait for your fair and balanced review ...
I don’t do fair and balanced, Cindy ... never have, and never claimed too. This is a blog, not an "objective" news source. It’s time you got a clue.
 
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As to Geffen’s statements, he’s correct... but... This is clearly a case of the blind pig and the acorn. Why did it take Geffen so long to get a grip on the obvious about the Clintons? Blindness is the only excuse. Similarly, how is it that Geffen thinks Obama’s going to be any better? Same answer.
 
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As to Geffen’s statements, he’s correct... but... This is clearly a case of the blind pig and the acorn. Why did it take Geffen so long to get a grip on the obvious about the Clintons?
I doubt that this is a new epiphany for him. The interesting thing is that he feels comfortable saying it publicly now.

I think that back in 2004 the Democratic party started to fracture over national security. On one side was most of the Clinton machine (with the exception of Gore, if you count him as a Clintonite), and people like Joe Leiberman, the DLC, and The New Republic, representing the old party consensus, pitted against the New McGovernism of the moonbatosphere.

It looks like the Hollywood Left, even former FOB’s like Geffen, is declaring their allegiance to the McGovernites. If enough of them defect from the Clinton machine this will be trouble for Hillary, because this is where the Clinton’s get a lot of their funding.
 
Written By: Aldo
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"I can’t wait for your fair and balanced review of this event..."

What’s to review? A politician goes trolling for votes and possible campaign donations from people he would otherwise avoid like the plague. Dog bites man.


" Why did it take Geffen so long to get a grip on the obvious about the Clintons?"

Oh, he knew, he just couldn’t say anything as long as anything he said would only help Republicans. Now there is an alternative to a Clinton, and he feels free to state what everybody already knows. Bob Kerrey said it a few years ago.

According to television news this evening, Geffen has nothing to do with Obama’s campaign, so I guess that means Obama won’t get rid of him. Now Hillary can say she is happy to see that Obama repented and removed Geffen from his campaign, or that Obama shows his true colors(heh) by refusing to get rid of him.
 
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Dowd’s column in The New York Times today, in which she quoted former Bill Clinton supporter David Geffen offering a few caustic comments, has incited a strong Hillary Clinton campaign attack on Geffen — and the candidate he now favors, Sen. Barack Obama.

"Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling," Geffen said.

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson just released the following statement: "While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign’s finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband.

"If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.

"While Democrats should engage in a vigorous debate on the issues, there is no place in our party or our politics for the kind of personal insults made by Senator Obama’s principal fundraiser."
"WAAAAAH! MOMMY, HE CALLED ME A KAKADOODOO HEAD! WAAAAAH!!!"

Hillary can’t take it. Imagine if she had the same onslaught against her that Bush has had since day 1. We’d be looking at either widespread detention camps or a nervous breakdown on national TV. She’s not nearly as tough as she represents to be. It’s not so much toughness as it is a kind of hardness that shatters violently under enough stress.

 
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Well, look, guys...
I don’t think it inconsequential that the first thing Hillary and her people wanted Obama to do is give up the money. It’s all about the money. Gee... Hillary being all about the money and the power. Whodathunkit?
 
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"In politics, more than any other area of life, money talks, BS walks"

Sadly, BS quite often walks right into office.
 
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