February 24, 2007

IF ONLY JESSE WOULD BACK HIM:

David Geffen as Sister Souljah (Craig Crawford, Feb. 22, 2007, CQ Politics)

Aside from their ties to the recording industry, Hollywood biggie David Geffen could not be any less like hip-hop artist Sister Souljah. But you have to wonder whether Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign operatives are trying to turn Geffen into their foil for appealing to centrist voters, in the way that Sister Souljah was for Bill Clinton in his 1992 bid for the White House. [...]

Now, the Hillary Clinton camp is blasting Geffen -- a supporter of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a leading rival to Clinton for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination -- for telling New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that while "everybody in politics lies," Bill and Hillary Clinton "do it with such ease, it's troubling."

Given the Clintons' longstanding coziness with Hollywood's elite film stars and celebrity executives -- including Geffen at one time -- provoking a public feud with one of those types might just help buttress Clinton's pitch to middle-class voters.

Just as her husband's attack against an African-American activist's comments 15 years ago helped ease suspicions among moderate voters that he was too cozy with liberal extremists.


There is no downside for her in a fight with a gay Hollywood film producer who's upset Bill didn't pardon an Indian cop-killer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2007 10:44 AM
Comments

Sorry to be such a conspiracy nut, but since I watched "Wag the Dog" I've been troubled by how plausible the plot was. As good as the movie was, it wasn't a comedy.

Geffen is a Hollywood producer, and all politics has become theatre. Don't be surprised if these stories are choreographed and Obama ends up Hillary's running mate.

Posted by: Bruno at February 25, 2007 9:39 AM
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