With a little less than 2 years 'til the next presidential election, it seems the political in-fighting has already begun. It's interesting to note which Party started the verbal caterwauling, and which potential candidates have materialized as the prize fighters. Apparently, Madame Clinton is "furious" that so many of Hollywood's major players are jumping on the Barack bandwagon, leaving her in the proverbial dust. Dreamworks big wigs, David Geffen, Jeff Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, hosted a private fundraising event on Tuesday, that grossed 1.3 million smackers, including checks from the likes of George Clooney, Barb Streisand and Eddie Murphy. And to add insult to injury, Geffen (in a Maureen Dowd N.Y. Times column) criticised Miss Thang and hubby Bill, saying that while "everybody in politics lies," the Clintons "do it with such ease, it’s troubling." Geffen, a Clinton-lover in the past, told Dowd that he feels the Republicans believe Hillary would be the "easiest to defeat", and that Bill, with his checkered past, would "pull focus", adding that former Prez Clinton was a “reckless guy...who gave his enemies a lot of ammunition to hurt him and to distract the country." Then, in response to whether Obama "could stand up to Clinton Inc.", Geffen replied, "I hope so, because that machine is going to be very unpleasant and unattractive and effective”. And he's right. We all know, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." And it's already beginning.
The Clinton campaign actually had the audacity to ask Obama to denounce Geffen's remarks, and return the portion of the money (from the fundraiser) that Geffen had donated to his campaign. Obama declined, and rightfully so, saying "It's not clear to me why I'd be apologizing for someone else's remark." And though Obama declared, "I'm just going to stay focused on my campaign and I'm going to run a positive campaign about the issues that affect the people in our country," someone in Clinton's camp fired back, “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.” To which Obama spokesman, Bill Burton, responded that he found it “ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen.......raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln Bedroom.”
So, it appears, Hollywood's love affair with the Clintons has suddenly turned sour. After years of being fawned over, both B and H are no longer the politicians du jour. Proof of Hollywood's fickle nature. I can understand how betrayed La-Hillary feels. Being ditched at the altar must be devastating for someone who has had her eyes set on the White House from way before her husband was even Prez. But to place so much importance on the support and acceptance of entertainment industry elites is terribly shallow and, frankly, rather stupid.
It's too bad political campaigning can't rise above the usual puerile, negative antics and that the candidates are unable to conduct themselves with civility and grace. But I suppose it goes with the territory.
So, the next few years are destined to be pretty darn ugly and I, for one, am going to try my darnedest to tune it all out. If that's at all possible. Thank goodness for remote controls!!