Republican convention goes Hollywood

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Republican convention goes Hollywood
Republican convention goes Hollywood
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About four years ago, Republicans still found value in attacking Hollywood. I’ve never fully understood why – Americans seem to enjoy the entertainment industry – but it’s been a standard GOP line for a long while.

John McCain said in September 2008, “Just a little while ago, he flew off to Hollywood with a fundraiser for Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends. Let me tell you, my friends: There’s no place I would rather be than here with the working men and women of Ohio.”

I guess it’s not so bad to have “celebrity friends” after all. The secret/surprise guest at tonight’s Republican convention will be Clint Eastwood, who’ll apparently speak after a former American Idol contestant and a performance from Bebe Winans and a choir.

Perhaps Jack Blades’ singing and Jon Voight’s wild-eyed vitriol weren’t quite cutting it, celebrity-wise.

I also seem to recall the right having a major-league freak-out in February, when Eastwood appeared in a commercial celebrating American resilience – a concept the right was afraid Americans might find inspiring – and he was roundly condemned by Republicans. It’s good to see they don’t hold a grudge.

Of course, while there’s nothing especially wrong with the GOP inviting a movie star to speak at the convention – it looks like we’ll get a reprieve from Hollywood bashing this year – I wonder if Democrats might try to return the favor. I have a hunch Dems have a deeper bench in this area.

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Republican convention goes Hollywood

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