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'Hollywood Liberals' vs. Senate GOP

John McCain's campaign, predictably, has been having a ball with Barack Obama's Beverly Hills fundraiser last night, at which the Democrat dined with celebrities, listened to the vocal stylings of Barbra Streisand and generally conformed to every liberal stereotype Republicans so love to mock.

Now the National Republican Senatorial Committee is jumping on the bandwagon, making the somewhat circuitous argument that Obama's celebrity support means GOP donors must open their wallets to help not McCain, but the party's Senate candidates.

"Barack Obama's campaign is flailing, and now Hollywood liberals are coming to the rescue," reports a new fundraising missive sent out today under the signature of NRSC Executive Director Scott Bensing.

(A quick digression: Capitol Briefing is a Los Angeles native, and he would like to point out that very little film and television production occurs anymore in Hollywood. Most of it happens in Burbank, but 'Burbank liberals' just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?)

The message -- under the subject line "H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D" -- continues: "Hollywood liberals are doing everything they can to drag Obama across the finish line. Case in point: Lindsay Lohan, Chevy Chase, Matt Damon, and Pamela Anderson have spent the last few weeks smearing Sarah Palin.

"All of this Hollywood money is a mortal threat to our firewall in the Senate. Obama has promised to focus his campaign resources in Republican states to gain a 60 seat filibuster-proof super majority in the Senate."

So in sum, Lindsey Lohan et al may be contributing to Obama's campaign, not those of Democratic Senate candidates. But Obama has pledged to help out the party's Senate candidates (though not that much), so Republicans should fight back by giving to the NRSC. The road back to the Senate majority apparently runs through Rodeo Drive.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 17, 2008; 3:47 PM ET
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""Barack Obama's campaign is flailing, and now Hollywood liberals are coming to the rescue,""

It's McCain's support of failed anti-government oversight that's coming to the rescue. The bounce is over, it's all downhill for McCain now. Decades of extremist Republican ideology are coming to fruition. And it's bitter fruit.

No More Years!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 18, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

sorry the will be a landslide for McCain/Palin

Obama is like a on the outside and red on the inside......we can't take a tax increase....all Obama and the dimtards want to do is ruin the country. Obama is too racist to be POTUS.

Posted by: tunaman | September 18, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

'Hollywood liberals' is in quotation marks for what reason, exactly? Pershing's silly term-parsing, if applied elsewhere (without quotation marks) would mean that the word 'Hollywood' has only geographical meaning, when of course the term refers to a culture.

Apparently there are no real liberals and left-wingers in American politics - just centrists vs. the 'conservatives' and 'right-wingers'. I expect the Left to buy into this curious assymetry, but not journalists who know something about the categories, alignments, and interest groups in American politics.

Posted by: Mark Richard | September 19, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Governor Palin, a celebrity, a swimsuit model, a great talker, delivers her lines so well is now in training to perform as a VP candidate knowledgable about world and foreign affairs. Any good actress can do that. Perhaps in the future only actors, actresses and comedians will be allowed to run for office. Paris Hilton can't act, she certainly looks good.

Posted by: Annoyed | September 19, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are just running the typical Republican Presidential Playbook that is always deployed when their frontrunner is feeling weak. This is predictable and stupid, especially in this election cycle. Let's see if Obama and Biden buy into it -- though I don't think they are that naive.

Posted by: Observer | September 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: liberal | September 19, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The noun LIBERAL comes from Latin - LIBERALE which comes from LIBERTAS, LIBERTATIS what means LIBERTY, to bee free. A slave who became free in ancient Rome was named LIBERTUS. So
Conservative comes from Latin word conservatore - someone who wants to keep with him everything: the money, the power, the habits, the manners, the old...

Posted by: brazilianRio | September 19, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Just one more reason to vote against Obama.

Posted by: Jorge | September 19, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely no one cares what these celebrities have to say about politics except the Republicans who have their own cadre of celebrities.

Posted by: Lynne | September 20, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Celebrities are Americans and tax payers too and have the right to back whom ever they choose and shouldn't be attacked for speaking out. The election for the highest office in America isn't a beauty contest and shouldn't be treated as one. Our future is at risk and we need to stick to the issues. Sara Palin isn't answering tough questions and McCain is hoping she will destract people enough so he won't have to either.

Posted by: judy Bous | September 21, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA is a WINNER! PERIOD! He has been a winner his entire life...born under great disadvantage, got himself educated, married a strong, independent woman, and has moved through political circles with great dignity and respect for diverse opinions. He cannot lose in the long run. I don't know if he can fight off the sleazy tactics of today's presidential race, but he will emerge a WINNER in LIFE. I have not doubt. Sleaze begets SLEAZE!

Posted by: Caroline McKee, Bend, OR | September 22, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

All the conservative actors and singers, as far as I know, are no longer with us. They are now dead. If there are some conswervatives out there now I would like to know who they are.

Posted by: lLorraine | September 22, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh My God, I can't stand it any longer. After living through the last eight years with a lying and manipulative administration and a lap dog GOP Congress, how do these republicans live with themselves and look into a mirror withouit throwing up? All I can see and hear is McManiac's version of America first while all of his party believes its the GOP first and America second. That's the GOP mantra, our way or no way. If you think that 8 years of Dubya/Cheney was a horror, imagine what 4-8 years of McManiac/PorkBarrelPalin would be like and heaven forbid the ascendancy of PBPalin to the presidency, another fool that thinks she can run this country. GW Bush has proven beyond a doubt that the GOP cannot run our country successfully. He managed to let 9/11 happen by not paying attention to emergency warnings, he lied us into Iraq, he totally let New Orleans sink with Katrina, and now he has ignored growing warnings about Wall St. and is seeing it collapse. Isn't this a great Republican legacy? As old Ronnie Regan loved to say, the government isn't the solution, it's the problem, and the Republican Party is definitely the problem. Just go away please.

Posted by: ironman | September 23, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Senator McCain has evolved into something we never suspect: a fear monger.

Posted by: zorro37 | September 23, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

At least Obama does not have to take matching funds to run his campaign. He is out fundraising McCain even with the matching funds. I don't think any candidate should take fed money for use on their campaigns - Obama agrees, which is why he voted against it while McCain gladly opened his hand for more.
McCain is just jealous that high profile individuals (who have more sway than any of Bush's cronies) are backing Obama. I am so tired of the McCain campaigns whining about stardom and media bias. Maybe he would be a lot more likeable if he did not crap on everyone who does not share his 'values' or actually ran the honest, 'straight talk' campaign he said he would. Or perhaps he should not have attempted to dupe females into believing that Sarah Palin acutally had anything in common with them.

Posted by: Monica | September 23, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

if obama is elected God help us --- oh -I forgot - he IS god.......................

Posted by: myworld | September 23, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

No, Grampy McSame thinks he is God and has appointed Sarah Palin as high priestess of Tundra toughlove.
Good for Hollywood liberals. Their money and their support is quite welcome. Brad Pitt just gave the no on Prop 8 committee 100 grand , and we are 17 points ahead in the Field poll in our battle to preserve gay marriage.


Posted by: cruztbone | September 23, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

John Mcshame and his Sarah Barracuda has lost their shine. She has energize the Republican base behind Mcderegulator, that's all. They american people has not been fooled. The know Sarah Baracuda is all shine and no substance.

Posted by: tygril | September 24, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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