brawl this week started by David Geffen has captured a huge amount of attention. Most people in this country don’t know who David Geffen is. And for most of those in between New York and California, he represents something that they are just not too comfortable with – Hollywood values. So go ahead, Mr. Geffen, attack away at Sen. Clinton. Do you think that actually hurts her?
No, it doesn’t. The Hollywood game is nothing more than a money game in the Democratic primary. My guess is that lots and lots of those writing the big checks to Barack Obama this past week will also write a check to Hillary Clinton, and maybe even John Edwards. Note: No one should doubt that the entertainment industry is sincere in their politics. I can’t think of another community that so frequently contributes and works against their own financial self-interest (Republicans are still the party of tax cuts for the rich) in the interest of their hopes for the country at large.
Hollywood expects the bi-annual bashing that it receives from the political process. They don’t like it, but they accept it. It used to be a virtual certainty that at some point during a presidential campaign, one candidate or another will decry the culture disseminated by the entertainment industry and absorbed by our youth. Perhaps this presidential election will be different since at least all the Democrats know that much bigger issues are at stake here than looking for excuses for errant children. But it works when they do it because Americans DO believe that Hollywood is responsible for a large part of the coarsening of the culture.
The more that David Geffen thinks he is helping Barack Obama by attacking the Clinton’s, particularly on moral grounds, the more he exposes Obama and the entire Hollywood community to such attacks. Doesn’t seem like a very good strategy to me.
Tune in to Hardball tonight at 5 and 7 p.m. ET for more on the war of words between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.