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After nearly two hours straight of typing, The Fix's fingers are tired.

But, we've got a roundup of tonight's debate still to write. That's going to take a little bit of time so, in the meantime, let's see how many celebrities we can name in the crowd tonight.

Here's The Fix's list (a special thanks to the eagle-eyed Mrs. Fix -- a celebrity expert): Jason Alexander, Rob Reiner, Diane Keaton, Alfre Woodard, America Ferrara, Steven Spielberg, Stevie Wonder and Bradley Whitford. And, of course, Politico commander-in-chief John Harris.

Who did we miss?

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 10:08 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Re: jhncrsp references that will appear in the "respected" National Enquirer.

"Pleaaaase. Could you be more delusional? I am a 60 year old African American woman who is totally engaged for the first Presidential Election ever and I have voted in every Pridential election since I turned 21. HRC will never get my vote, nor the vote of many White Women I know. She is too divisive and has now proven that she will pit minorities against each other just to get elected. She will never be able to control her husband in the White House and a lot of people are loyal to her just becuase they think Bill will be running the country or at least have a co-Presidency. So much for the Femisnist candidate. That is not what I burned my bra for.

Posted by: Slivy | February 2, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Fisher Stevens.

Posted by: dippinkind | February 1, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I have a different slant on the whole "Obama can't get elected" nonsense that Hillary's supporters are espousing. I am a 53 year-old male, white and can't wait to vote for him this coming Tuesday.

The thing that truly troubles me about the Dem's chances this fall is that I have very serious concerns about Hillary's abilities when it comes to getting elected.

I should mention that I am a long-time labor activist and, until his withdrawl, was for John Edwards. A few weeks back (prior to his withdrawl), I was talking to another long-time activist, a woman, in her sixties. She was for Edwards too. I said that, should he quit, I was going to sign on w/ Obama. I said something like, "Of course, ultimately you and I will end up supporting whoever gets the Democratic nomination, whereupon she informed me that she could NEVER support Hillary. In fact, she said that, were the nomination to go to her and the republicans were to nominate McCain, then she would support McCain! It just blew me away.

But I wonder - how many other Edward's supporters are out there (not just in the labor movement but community activists, as well), that see Hilary as just so "corporate" that they can't bring themselves to vote for her no matter what? And these people are on our side!

I think we better get behind Obama or we're in serious trouble.

Posted by: labor2005 | February 1, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Democrat debate? What debate? They should have been somewhere picking out furniture together.

Posted by: pkatauskas | February 1, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Re the stereotypical argument that people make re Obama: I am a white 60 year old woman who has NEVER voted for a Democrat, always registered Republican since I voted for Reagan for governon in the 1960's. This time I am voting for Obama. My husband, also white and 60 already voted for him absentee in California. BTW neither of us will vote for Hillary no matter who runs against her. Although we are only 2, we know we are not alone. In fact, we haven't heard of any of our peers who is supporting HRC although they are all Democrats.

Posted by: lindambahlman | February 1, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

FYI to Obama supporters:

His entire support consists chiefly of the following:

1) African-American women up to approximately 40 years of age;

2) some white liberals; and

2) college students.

The problem with Mr. Obama is that HE CANNOT WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION.

While I absolutely believe that he will eventually be a fine president, his time has not yet arrived because, no matter how much money he has, he has still not yet obtained the broad support of great swaths of the electorate (i.e., as had Colin Powell). And come November, he will still have NOT obtained that support.

People, we've seen this movie before. In 1972 Sen. Eugene McCarthy also had the fervent support of 1) liberal whites and 2) college students. And at that time his candidacy was not viewed as merely a political campaign, but rather, was seen as a bona fide MOVEMENT, fueled by massive opposition to the Vietnam War. And McCarthy was THE anti-war candidate.

Richard Nixon carried 49 states.

So wake up, Obama people. As the Democrats MUST recapture the White House in 2008, it is selfish (and short-sighted) in the extreme for you waste your votes on a candidate who, more so than Hillary, will be "swift-boated" to death by the Republicans. (Wait until The National Enquirer starts running weekly front page articles about seedy-looking women with "baby mama" allegations against him, along with pictures of all of his supposedly "illegitimate" children. And don't forget all of the soon-to-be-released alleged photos of him supposedly doing drugs (also front page Enquirer).

Look, Obama looks to be a fine man, and, I believe, WILL be president one day. However, NOW is Hillary's time, not his. This guy comes out of the blue, while she has been preparing for this for years.

Bottom line, she is more ELECTABLE than he is right now. Sad, but true. So give her your support. None of us want a Republican in the White House for another 8 years (and end up with Roe overturned, still no universal health insurance or meaningful stem cell research, separation of church and state massively eroded, and a Supreme Court just a bit to the left of the old John Birch Society).

Posted by: jhncrsp | February 1, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Hill Harper from CSI - NY; Harvard Law classmate, sat next to Alfre.

Posted by: ceeusbeeus | February 1, 2008 5:10 AM | Report abuse

Steven Spielberg

Posted by: LBracknell | February 1, 2008 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Latinos aren't the reason Americans are losing good jobs it's NAFTA and the crazy trade policy that was started by the Clintons in the 90's and continued by Bush.

Posted by: gfsurrette | January 31, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

drindl, McC now says he could never get his own bill passed and he will settle for guest worker status as the best an undoc/IA can get.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 31, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

To play the race card for political gain is wrong and Democrats know that! Hillary is using the GOP play book to win Democratic primary's it's a loser! Thats why she lost South Carolina and the Kennedy family endorsement she will do or say anything to win and she will lose the nomination because of it she is not AUTHENTIC!

Posted by: gfsurrette | January 31, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

seriously, mark.. how does her position on immigration differ from McCain's? after all, he went further with his legislation..

Posted by: drindl | January 31, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

This was the best Presidential debate I ever saw on TV. If you are an Obama supporter or Hillary supporter I would say hold your breath. These two candidates are soooo good that the Republican Party will not be able to produce something like this for another 100 years. Wolf talked of a dream ticket but I think it is something more than that. If Hillary is running for the President (and she deserves on all counts) and Obama is the running mate that is the end of history. This ticket will not only win but would makeus cry and pray. So democrats don't blow it this time. You have the best two people wanting the same office. Put them on the same ticket and that should put the Republcans out of business for the next 16 years.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | January 31, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Ds do not understand the problem with granting citizenship as a reward for coming here illegally.

and how is that different from McCain? I'm just asking.

Posted by: drindl | January 31, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama won this debate the Iraq discussion tonight was a big win for Obama Hillary still can't answer that question and people aren't buying her dancing around the question it made her look weak and it plays into Obama's assertion that we need someone who is right on day one and that he is the one that can win the Iraq debate with John Mc Cain Obama scored big. The brown vs black race card was played by Hillary on the immigration question scapegoating Latinos for the loss of good jobs by Black Americans again Obama won this Question and I am personally appalled that the Clinton campaign continues to play the race card it is disgusting to me as a Democrat it comes right out of the GOP playbook. All and all I think Obama is still introducing himself to the American people he was likable and Presidential tonight Obama's leadership style came through GOOD tonight he wins the momentum continues! Together we can! OBAMA 08!

Posted by: gfsurrette | January 31, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, Martinedwinandersen, I say "Go Obama"!

Posted by: expat2MEX | January 31, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Stevie Wonder

Posted by: garael | January 31, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

THE CLINTONS CASH IN...

FORGET ABOUT RENTING THE LINCOLN BEDROOM ...

WHAT COST WILL THE CLINTONS BE TO HUMAN RIGHTS?

IF THE 'NEW HILLARY' LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE 'NEW NIXON,' BILL IS LOOKING AN AWFUL LOT LIKE OLD HENRY KISSINGER AND HIS PERSONAL DIPLOMACY OF DOLLARS FROM DICTATORS ...

THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTING ...

January 31, 2008
An Ex-President, a Mining Deal and a Big Donor
By JO BECKER and DON VAN NATTA Jr.
Late on Sept. 6, 2005, a private plane carrying the Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra touched down in Almaty, a ruggedly picturesque city in southeast Kazakhstan. Several hundred miles to the west a fortune awaited: highly coveted deposits of uranium that could fuel nuclear reactors around the world. And Mr. Giustra was in hot pursuit of an exclusive deal to tap them.

Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. But what his fledgling company lacked in experience, it made up for in connections. Accompanying Mr. Giustra on his luxuriously appointed MD-87 jet that day was a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.

Upon landing on the first stop of a three-country philanthropic tour, the two men were whisked off to share a sumptuous midnight banquet with Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, whose 19-year stranglehold on the country has all but quashed political dissent.

Mr. Nazarbayev walked away from the table with a propaganda coup, after Mr. Clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader's bid to head an international organization that monitors elections and supports democracy. Mr. Clinton's public declaration undercut both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan's poor human rights record by, among others, Mr. Clinton's wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. ...

Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton's charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month. The gift, combined with Mr. Giustra's more recent and public pledge to give the William J. Clinton Foundation an additional $100 million, secured Mr. Giustra a place in Mr. Clinton's inner circle, an exclusive club of wealthy entrepreneurs in which friendship with the former president has its privileges. ...

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | January 31, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe no one saw Elvis in the room. Or was that Huckabee? I need a HD wide screen and a new set of glasses.

Posted by: expat2MEX | January 31, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

drindl, I could not help but notice the cackle. I think it is a nervous tic - although Boko could have something with his salt over the shoulder.

It was the best debate they could have possibly had and they addressed Iraq with some sense of responsibility.

Ds do not understand the problem with granting citizenship as a reward for coming here illegally.

The question she could not answer on the Levin Amendment could have been mine.

She did well. She was even likeable. He did well. He is more likeable.

To that audience of Big Donors his point on bringing out new voters may have been worth
millions.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 31, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

There was a Rowan Atkinson lookalike in the front row.

Posted by: cwhig1848 | January 31, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Wolf Blitzer (perhaps, inadvertantly)really hurt Obamas campaign in the post debate commentary by overly stating how great a Clinton-Obama ticketwould be. Many people are still trying to decide between the two, and by overly streeing the options, he belittles Obama, an allows people to say that its ok to vote for her because you'll get both of them anyway.

Obama, being cordial, is nice but maybe stress a little harder that you're running for President, not to be exiled to Blair House esclipsed by Bill's Shadow Presidency.

Posted by: fearirony2060 | January 31, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Who won the CNN Democratic Debate in California?


http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1669

.

Posted by: PollM | January 31, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Leo DiCaprio... looking very carbon neutral.

Posted by: dkartunen | January 31, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I believe that was Lou Gossett. Saw some familiar looking B-actors, but I don't know their names. For example, wasn't one of the "West Wing" actors there (guy with dark curly hair)?

Posted by: johng1 | January 31, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Hill Harper, Brandi, Vanessa Williams (not the beauty queen) some others by I forget...

Posted by: ndmgill | January 31, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Hollywood idiots listening to demcratic candidates. What a match made in heaven! Those with no ideas listening to people spouting stupid ideas.

Posted by: kmccorma | January 31, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

It's nice that they were so much more collegial.

Posted by: shag11 | January 31, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton. In drag on stage.

Posted by: wpost4112 | January 31, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Pierce Brosnan, there was a brief shot of him in the crowd!

Posted by: moxfooyer | January 31, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Pierce Brosnan

Posted by: sweetns | January 31, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure I saw Lou Gossett, Jr. And my roommate spotted someone in the upper balcony with a backward white kangol hat and white suit so maybe Samuel L. Jackson?

Posted by: amyuw05 | January 31, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Garry Shandling

Posted by: laurieruettimann | January 31, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

celebrities? who cares? Now, if Hoffa or D.B. Cooper were to make an appearance, that would be something...

Posted by: bokonon13 | January 31, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I think I saw Blige there.

Posted by: ockfener | January 31, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Samuel L. Jackson in his trademark hat, in the mezzanine.

Posted by: Bemused2 | January 31, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Topher Grace, Kate Capshaw, they guy who got fired from Grey's Anatomy, Lauren Hill

Posted by: julie1919julie | January 31, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

time to put your little fingers to rest, CC. we don't care about the celebs, thank you. why don't you little DC insiders keep all that to yourselves to giggle over?

Posted by: drindl | January 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Topher Grace, Fran Drescher, Washington guy from Grey's Anatomy,

Posted by: t_heaberlin | January 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if you consider him a celeb, but Ed Helms (Daily Show) was seen.

Posted by: kyletonn | January 31, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

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