Thursday, January 25, 2007

Hollywood and Hillary: Be cruel to be kind

If you've been following the Scooter Libby trial, and I can't recommend it, the most interesting thing to come out so far is Libby and Tom Cruise used to hang out. It had something to do with Scientology and Germany, but I'm sure the self-mythicizing government official and the Ethan-Hunt-playing actor also exchanged stories about what it's like to pretend you are vital to the world's security.

Political figures and Hollywood types mix like peanut butter and jelly or salt and pepper or all sorts of other things you can find in a kitchen. But really more of an oil and vinegar reaction -- physically, I mean -- would benefit both.

Because when politicians and Hollywood types get together it doesn't work out for anyone: The Hollywooders end up wasting the hard earned money we explicitly gave them to buy big houses, get plastic surgery and have sex scandals, and the Tinseltown-approved politicians end up losing elections.

Hollywood hasn't figured this out yet. On the heels of new polling that shows-- despite the press and blogsphere's best efforts to introduce us -- half of the country still has no idea who Barack Obama is, Hollywood is busy dumping front-running Hillary Clinton for a public endorsement of the obscure Illinois Senator.

I've been a bit amused by the hoards of people who have so quickly converted Hillary's apparent inevitability to electability but, that being said, this new development would certainly fall under the category of +1 for Hillary.

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