Skip to comments.pre-FReep info: Kerry/Streisand fundraiser in L.A. [Disney Concert Hall] THURSDAY (6/24) 6pm
Posted on 06/20/2004 5:55:54 PM PDT by RonDog
From Yahoo! MAPS:
Here is a ROUGH DRAFT of our proposed press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 21, 2004Schwarzenegger Supporters to Confront John Kerry
at Streisand fundraiser (6/24)
Los Angeles -
Members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Free Republic Network (also known as the "Hollywood Resistance Force") plan to join other local supporters of President George Bush and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on THURSDAY, June 24 at 6 p.m., as they protest Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Billy Crystal and Willie Nelson outside a "ten thousand dollar per couple" fundraiser for John Kerry at the Walt Disney Concert Hall--which was originally scheduled for the week after President Reagan died.
Carrying large signs that say "OUR GOVERNOR can beat up YOUR CANDIDATE!" and "Reagan was The GIPPER, but Kerry is The FLIPPER!" they intend to contrast Kerry's irritating tendency to "flip flop" his positions on important national issues with Schwarzenegger's "tough guy" persona crafted from his roles in action-adventure movies like the "Terminator." "We support President Bush," says L.A. FRN Chapter Vice President Ron Smith. "And, we believe that Governor Schwarzenegger shares President Reagan's gift for energizing Californians with a clear vision that will help President Bush 'terminate' Kerry's political aspirations."
"If America had listened to John Kerry," he continues, "Saddam Hussein would still be in KUWAIT right now, rather than being in CAPTIVITY. Kerry even voted against the FIRST Gulf War." Carrying a sign that says "Only 'FOREIGN' Leaders (like SADDAM) like John Kerry!" and wearing a rubber Saddam mask, Smith adds, "These 'Stars for Kerry' may have MUSICAL talent, but POLITICALLY, they are dangerously naive. Unlike Streisand, Schwarzenegger (like Reagan before him) has had the courage to subject HIS political opinions to vigorous public debate--at the ballot box, not just at the box office." In the words of nationally-syndicated talk radio host Laura Ingraham's recent book, those who support Governor Schwarzenegger and President Bush believe that these misguided "Stars for Kerry" should just "Shut Up, and SING!"
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The Dinsey Fairy chimes: VOTE FOR THE RATS!
It will therefore be visited by many LURKERS, and "not-yet-FReepers."So, please keep any NON-FReep-related posts on this thread to a minimum. ;o)
In particular, if you would like to re-fight the last election, or to discuss the relative merits of using a "RINO" like Arnold as a blunt instrument with which to attack John Kerry.....please join THIS slugfest, already in progress:
GOP has star-power dilemma: How will party use Schwarzenegger?
[Kerry vs. Arnold?]
Posted by RonDog
On News/Activism 06/18/2004 3:59:50 PM PDT with 313 comments
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 19, 2004 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
DISNEY CONCERT HALL
I propose that we meet at the corner of First and Grand - no later than 6 p.m.
I will (of course) arrive early, to check in with the Secret Service, and local authorities.As they say in the DC Chapter, "No tear gas necessary; we're CONSERVATIVES."
The Disney Fairy chimes: VOTE FOR THE RATS!LOL!
HERE is the photo-friendly venue for this FReep, from ordinarybuildings.com:
- Architect: Frank Gehry
- Location: Los Angeles, California
- Completed: 2003
- Photo: Caleb Sawyer
...Carrying a sign that says "Only 'FOREIGN' Leaders (like SADDAM) like John Kerry!" and wearing a rubber Saddam mask...
...and carry THIS sign:
See also, from:
Kerry criticized for French connection [FReeper quoted]
Boston Globe ^ | 4/12/2004 | By Susan Milligan, Globe Staff
Posted on 04/12/2004 12:51:21 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
WASHINGTON -- As the presidential race gets tighter and nastier, the F-word has increasingly crept into attacks against presumptive Democratic nominee John F. Kerry.
It has made its way into comments by the House majority leader, onto Internet blogs, and onto the Republican National Committee's website. It has shown up on sweatshirts and T-shirts, and been thrown around in columns by nationally known conservative writers.
Kerry, his foes complain, might as well be French.
"The French believe John Kerry has `a certain elegance,' " sneers a contributor [aka Prime Choice] to the FreeRepublic.com website, over unflattering pictures of the Massachusetts senator playing ping-pong, catching a football, and throwing a baseball. "Of course, the French also think Jerry Lewis is a comic genius. Think about it," the satirical posting says...
-- snip --
from FReeper Prime Choice
hosted on www.sacredcowburgers.com
$10,000/couple FUNDRAISER!See also, from www.downtownnews.com:
Kerry Reschedules Disney Hall FundraiserThe Walt Disney Concert Hall sat quiet last Monday night, as Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry canceled a planned fundraiser, following the death of former President Ronald Reagan. Singer Barbara Streisand was scheduled to perform, along with Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson and Billy Crystal, for a host of the city's wealthiest denizens.
Organizers have rescheduled the gala for June 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $2,000 per person for the concert only,
$10,000 per couple for the dinner and concert, or
$25,000 per couple for preferred seating...
Barbra Streisand Neil DiamondAll of the "Hollywood Has-Beens" will be there. . .
Willie Nelson Billy Crystal
Ben Affleck * Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen * Laurie and Larry David
Benicio del Toro * Robert DeNiro *Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
Leonardo DiCaprio * Kirsten Dunst * Rob and Michele Reiner
Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres * Dustin Hoffman * Ben StillerFor An Evening with
John Kerry and Friends
The MEDIA will be there. . .Will YOU be there?Please R.S.V.P.:- on this thread, or
- via FReep-mail, or
- via e-mail
In the words of nationally-syndicated talk radio host Laura Ingraham's recent book, those who support Governor Schwarzenegger and President Bush believe that these misguided "Stars for Kerry" should just "Shut Up, and SING!"That would be, of course, THIS classic admonition, from our good FRiend:
...as they protest Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond...See also from the IAISND (I Am, I Said, Neil Diamond) website:
Streisand, Diamond to Sing for DemocratsAnd, from www.barbranews.com:
By Associated PressWASHINGTON Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, who crooned the 1978 hit "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," will sing for John Kerry and the Democrats next month as a star-studded list of entertainers perform at two fund-raising concerts in New York and Los Angeles.
Streisand and Diamond will perform together for the first time in 24 years at the Los Angeles concert, the Democrats said.
Barbra and Neil may perform a 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' Parody - but is to be confirmed.So...
...how about THIS sign?
HEY, NEIL & BARBRA!
"YOU DON'T BRING ME...
IN HONOR OF
JOHN "FLIP FLOP" KERRY
See also markv840's after-action report from John F'n Kerry's PREVIOUS visit to Los Angeles:
"YOU DON'T BRING ME...
After-action report: FReepers, "Flipper" - and "Flip Flop" Kerry in East Los Angeles (5/5)
Posted on 05/05/2004 5:13:09 PM PDT by markv840
Kerry event FReeped today outside Woodrow Wilson High School in East LA
First of all let me say thank you to all those who were present today for the FReeping; We did a GREAT job, considering we didn't have much time to prepare, and that today is a weekday. I must say, I was somewhat disapointed that "Mr. Kerry" didn't get to see us, but as I'm sure, RonDog, and other FReepers present will tell you, we still got noticed by everyone else.
The highlight of the FReeping was of course "FLIPPER" (the dolphin); This guy stood there in a dolphin suit for some two hours, and let me tell you, IT WAS VERY HOT, that poor guy... RonDog also had the GREAT idea of bringing some "flipper" balloons which got a lot of attention. We had a lot of home made signs, and a few Bush/Cheney signs and stickers provided by Mr.Oscar Gutierrez, who also did a great job talking to some of the media people who were present. The flip-flops were EVERYWHERE, From a Flip-Flop shaped sign, to a bag full of flip-flops for everyone on the back.
Nonsurprisingly, there was some people who were really angry about us "ruining their party", there was some yelling, and more middle fingers than I could count; at the same time, there were some who waved and honked horns, I never get tired of this.
GREAT JOB FReepers!!
P.S.: I will try to get you guys some pictures before the end of the day...
-- snip --Note the guy dressed in a "FLIPPER" costume, and the helium-filled "DOLPHIN" balloons ($6/each, inflated - from your local "Party City" store)......plus note the effectiveness of the LARGE BLOCK LETTERS on the signs.
Democrats Reschedule Kerry 2004 Victory ConcertsEast Coast PING!
Barbra Streisand, Billy Crystal, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson To Perform In Honor of Kerry at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday June 24
June 09, 2004
For Immediate Release
NY Concert rescheduled for July 8 at Radio City Music Hall
Performers to be announced next week
The Kerry campaign and the Democratic National Committee announced today that the Los Angeles concert originally scheduled for Monday June 7th to benefit the Kerry Victory Committee 2004" has been rescheduled for Thursday June 24, 2004 at 8:00 PM and the New York concert originally scheduled for Thursday June 10th has been rescheduled for Thursday July 8th.
The Los Angeles concert, now scheduled for June 24th, will feature Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, and Billy Crystal with an all star cast of celebrity presenters and performers to be announced at the Music Centers new venue Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The New York Concert on July 8th will be held at Radio City Music Hall. The roster of performers will be announced next week...
WE will soften him up out here on 6/24 . . .. . . so that YOU can finish him off back there on 7/8.:o)
FReep on! Bump back to the left coast.
I'm curious about parking. Where and how much? How early should one get there?
Also there is a pic from "Sacred Cow Burgers" showing George Bush roping and branding the DNC jackass. How hard would that be to turn into a poster? I'm going to try and make this FReep, as the 110 fwy has lights, and I think I can drive and not get lost going home ;-)
Schwarzenegger Supporters to Confront John Kerry at Streisand fundraiser (6/24)As I wrote in a recent e-mail blast:
Note: You do NOT have to be a "Schwarzenegger Supporter" to join us at this event. The benefits of the MEDIA coverage of the "Arnold vs. Kerry" theme of "OUR GOVERNOR can beat up YOUR CANDIDATE!" should outweigh any negatives from the "Arnold is not conservative enough" folks on OUR side, imho.
Also there is a pic from "Sacred Cow Burgers" showing George Bush roping and branding the DNC jackass.The original artwork was created by Cox & Forkum , but FReeper MeekOneGOP has a nice version of it hosted on his server:
How hard would that be to turn into a poster?
I think that if you DOWNLOAD that .jpg file to a floppy disk...
...and take that floppy disk to your local Kinkos, they can make you a nice (if somewhat EXPENSIVE) poster from it for you.
(RIGHT CLICK on the link above, and then
"Save Target As" a file on your "A" drive)
I'm curious about parking.The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 pm, so I would like to have the bulk of our forces in position outside the hall from 6 pm to about 8 pm.
Where and how much?
How early should one get there?
Security for this event should be INTENSE......and "rush hour" traffic in the downtown area at that time of day should be MISERABLE.
So, plan to arrive as early as possible.I understand that the parking lot under the Disney Concert Hall will be CLOSED to the public, for security reasons...
...but there are many OTHER (somewhat expensive, but SAFE) places to park nearby.Perhaps some "downtown regulars" can post their advice here.
If I can come, I'll try to. You know I love a good freep.
Would you two mind checking out something? I've come up with a Kerry Flip Flop costume that folks can make themselves. I just posted it on my website. Click on the artwork for the link to it:
...man your planes and scramble for intercept!
bump ! bump ! bump !
I love that pic ! :^D
Sure wish you lived here and could join us.
Thank you SO much for the use of your artwork!
I love that CLASSIC "flip flop" pozter!Here is an EARLIER version of it, on the far right side of THIS FReep picture:
RonDog and FRiends outside the post office near LAX
It's tax day -- where's the party?
[FReep "Flip Flop" Kerry - at the POST OFFICE on April 15]
For those who did not follow your link, here is MORE information about how to "do it yourself" - from the web page that you created for us, www.iowapresidentialwatch.com/KerryTales/FlipFlopCostume.htm:
Iowa Presidential Watch
Kerry's his name,
SHOE: Can be cut out of foam or heavy cardboard (foam is best).
SHOE STRAPS: Can be cut out of heavy weight, durable plastic or paper and look great if they are one color, or two colors (example at left).
MASK: Best if printed on heavy weight index paper. It will take one - 8.5"x14" sheet or two - 8.5"x11" sheets (taped/glued together at the hairline works well).
You will also need 1/4" thick elastic for a head band to keep the mask on. Of course, some folks like to staple it to a flat stick and use it as a masquerade ball mask, sans shoe -- quelle france, nez pais?
ready to copy & paste? click on links below:
Want to see a photo of the mask? click here
Paid for by the Iowa Presidential Watch PAC
P.O. Box 171, Webster City, IA 50595
Thnaks for the PING, Mr. Silverback!
If I can come, I'll try to. You know I love a good freep.We really NEED you at this one, CG. :o)
Not sure yet how the Clinton FReep on Saturday will develop, but this KERRY/STREISAND FReep on THURSDAY night has the potential to be HUGE!As I posted previously, Kerry is VERY vulnerable to the kind of attack by HUMOR already underway - all across the USA:
Sandal whappers serenade Kerry
[Should we FReep Kerry with REAL "flip flops" - across the USA?]
Cincinnati Enquirer ^ | April 7, 2004 | Gregory Korte and Cindi Andrews
Posted on 04/07/2004 10:25:07 PM PDT by RonDog
Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Sandal whappers serenade Kerry
By Gregory Korte and Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer
John Kerry had seen the tactic before - it emerged on the campaign trail last week - but few others seemed to understand what was going on.-- snip --
Young Republicans wearing cheap sandals got in the front row and started clapping them together almost as soon as the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Sawyer Point on Tuesday.
Their message: that Kerry has flip-flopped on the issues...
See also, from www.rushlimbaugh.com:
Kerry's playbook is so old and he is so dishonest, it can be infuriating. But there's a simple way to listen to liberals without tearing your hair out, and that is this: everything liberals accuse Bush of, is what they do themselves. So when Kerry talks about the politics of lying, he's telling us what Democrats do. He's identifying his own tactics. As an example, consider Kerry's freak-out at a group of protestors waving flip-flop sandals at Kerry's Cincinnati speech.
As you can hear in the audio link below, this man who protested the Vietnam War and whose party has defined patriotism as requiring dissent, grumbled, "Obviously some young Republicans proving that they are very rude and they have no manners." Oh, the power, my friends! I am paralyzed here with how impressed I am by his retort. Why, what a way to shut them down! Not only calling them "rude" but "very rude!" This is so pathetic!
-- snip --
Listen to Rush... (...JIP [JoinInProgress] audio of Kerry, and his angry ripping of dissenters at a speech in Cincinnati)
Read the Article... (Cincinnati Enquirer: Sandal whappers serenade Kerry)
Our very good FRiends at ChronWatch have just linked to THIS THREAD on their home page!Thanks, Jim!
One of the BEST ways to get discovered by the "Googlebots" (besides posting something here on Free Republic) is to get posted on ChronWatch!
Me, too. Thanks for 'reviewing' the Kerry Flip Flop costume. And RonDog, thanks for doing the full page post on this thread for others to see/use. Maybe I'll post it on it's own thread later. Meanwhile, I'm toying around with a Bill Clinton one... for The Summer of '42. [barf barf barf]
Thanks for the link and the graphic. My son is good at artwork, but he isn't here right now. I don't know if he could do that freehand. It would make a dandy tee shirt though.
I am concerned on where to park, though. I'm not familiar with that neck of the woods. Disney Concert Hall is ugly. Did the same guy who designed that, also design Roger Cardinal Mahoney's "bus station"?
One of the BEST ways to get discovered by the "Googlebots" (besides posting something here on Free Republic) is to get posted on ChronWatch!See also, from Google NEWS search for "kerry streisand":
Protest Sreisand/Kerry Fund Raiser
ChronWatch.com - 4 hours ago
... at 6 pm, as they protest Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Billy Crystal and Willie Nelson outside a "ten thousand dollar per couple" fundraiser for Kerry at the ...
Male stars are doing
New York Daily News, NY - 9 hours ago
... Wyclef Jean and others were due to perform this month, but Kerry called off the ... and John Sykes, who also had to organize the Barbra Streisand-Willie Nelson ...
Five things to watch for next week:
Cleveland Plain Dealer (Subscription), OH - Jun 20, 2004
... 4. A benefit concert for the "Kerry Victory Committee 2004" is slated for Thursday in Los Angeles. Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson and Billy ...
3. Los Angeles concert for John Kerry rescheduled...includes one "most preferred" seat?
The spectacular concert for John Kerry with Barbara Streisand, Billy Crystal, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson and a whole host of Hollywood stars has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday night, June 24th. The concert begins at 8:30 pm. Dinner will be served across the street at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion at 6:30 (doors open at 5:30). Leave [San Diego] by limo at 2:30 and come back later that night with lots of champagne and great memories.
Tickets are $5K/person for the private dinner with Kerry and the "stars" before the concert plus preferred seating at the concert in the front rows, or $2K/person for the concert itself. The money goes to the DNC for the Kerry Victory Fund and will be used directly in the key "battleground" states so, even if you have "maxed" out at the $2,000/person level, this is a completely legal contribution. If you plan to attend call Ira Lechner at 858/864-2258...
-- snip --
Thursday, June 24th. An Evening with John Kerry and Friends, with Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, and Billy Crystal. At the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Ave., LA. Tickets to Concert - $2,000 per person. Platinum level ($12,500 /person) and Gold level ($5,000 /person) includes one most preferred seat for the evening program and one most preferred seat at the dinner. Please make checks payable to Kerry Victory 2004 and mail or fax to: Ira Lechner, 19811 4th Place, Escondido, CA 92029, Ph.: (858) 864-2258. Limo transportation from San Diego.
...The concert begins at 8:30 pm. Dinner will be served across the street at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion at 6:30 (doors open at 5:30). Leave [San Diego] by limo at 2:30 and come back later that night with lots of champagne and great memories.Which means that Kerry, the "big money" donors, the "stars" (and, one hopes, the MEDIA) will all have to cross over First Street - somehow...
Tickets are $5K/person for the private dinner with Kerry and the "stars" before the concert...
...from their dinner at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion to the concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.This will require them to pass through our "GAUNTLET of protesters" some time around 8 pm. ;o)
As I posted previously......see also, from www.musiccenter.org/directions_wdch.html:
I propose that we meet at the corner of First and Grand - no later than 6 p.m.
I will (of course) arrive early, to check in with the Secret Service, and local authorities.
I am concerned on where to park, though.The "big money" RATs and the "stars" will probably all be parking...
I'm not familiar with that neck of the woods...
...on the NORTH side of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.So, perhaps we should consider parking on the SOUTH side.
300-350 S. GRAND AVENUE
California Plaza garage parking
$8 after 5pm on weekdays
Garage is best accessed from Olive Street
between 1st and 4th Streets.
We suggest carpooling whenever possible.
Note: The Walt Disney Concert Hall is at the TOP (center) of this map...
...near First Street and Grand Avenue.
...from our good FRiends at www.rightstuffcomedy.com
(also known as www.2004flipflopkerry.com)
Thanks for the reply and the map. I'm up for carpooling, and will pay the parking fee. Anyone in the Redondo Beach, Torrance area, Freepmail me.
BUSH's TROOPS ARE SAVING YOUR
"MOST PREFERRED SEAT"
He WILL be at our FReep!See also THIS thread:
After-freep report: John F. Kerry visits Wheeling, W.Va.
Wheeing News-Register and personal account ^ | April 26, 2004 | mountaineer
Posted on 04/26/2004 12:06:37 PM PDT by mountaineer
Wheeling's afternoon paper reported:
Nearly 1,000 people from across the Ohio Valley turned out this morning at Wheeling Park's White Palace to listen to Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry as he kicked off his "Jobs First Bus Tour" of four key election states...
Okay, that's one account. Here's mine:
I arrived at Wheeling Park's White Palace around 8:30 a.m. and stood near the main driveway with my signs. One had photos of waffles and said, "Where do you stand today, John?" The other said, "John Kerry said, 'Our Democracy is a Farce,' Nov. 2, 1971 at Bethany College. Maybe he should run for president of China - or France?" I also had an old pair of flipflops, which I smacked together for effect.
Shortly after I set up, fellow freeper sonsofliberty2000 showed up with a fine sign with a drawing of flipflops and a related message. We stood in the cool, damp weather for a while before deciding to to closer to the building. We received a few rude remarks and middle digits (Democrat IQ readings).
After a little while, a woman approached and asked whether we'd seen the kids from the local Catholic high school, as they were going to bring pro-life signs. We said we hadn't, but it wasn't long before about two dozen fine young people arrived.Also joining us were some Bush campaign people, including one young man dressed as the dolphin FlipperSome moms with small children also joined us a little later, and they made pro-life signs.
(get it? Flip flop? Flipper?)
One of the guys had a bullhorn, and we regaled the assembled Dems (mostly union) with various chants. Kerry was at least 45 minutes late (emulating Bill Clinton), and we couldn't see him sneak in the back way. At our peak, we had about 40 on our side.
The event was supposed to last from 10:30 a.m. - noon, but it was well after noon before the attendees started leaving. Kerry was taking his time, even though he already was late for his next appearance in Washington, Pa.Our GOP operatives told us that he's really getting upset at the protesters greeting him wherever he goes, so keep up the good work, freepers and others!CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread(bold and color added by RonDog)
FLIPPING OUT. Democrats once used a person in a chicken costume to stalk former President George Bush during the 1992 campaign. Now, Pennsylvania Republicans are using someone in a dolphin costume to go after presumptive Democrat presidential nominee John Kerry.
The Capitolwire.com Internet site reported last week that Flipper made his first appearance during a recent Kerry rally at the University of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania GOP Committee Chairman Alan Novak promises Flipper will show up regularly at Kerry's Pennsylvania visits.
"John Kerry has flip-flopped his way through this campaign," Novak said. "He has a bad habit of saying one thing and then changing his opinion to appease one particular group or another. America needs a leader, not someone who lacks the conviction to take firm positions on the critical issues facing our nation."
One possible attendee at the Kerry speech is Flipper, a man dressed in a dolphin costume who accuses Kerry of being a "flip-flopper" on the issues. CBS News Steve Chaggaris notes that Flipper made an appearance during a Kerry event in Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday. "Interestingly, Flipper, who first made an appearance in Palm Beach County on April 19, has his own press folks who sent out a release on his behalf Thursday. 'Flipper to Join Kerry at Harrisburg Visit,'" read the release adding, "(Pennsylvania) Republican State Committee Chairman Alan Novak warned residents of Central Pennsylvania to be on the lookout for a flip-flopping Presidential candidate from Massachusetts,'" Chaggaris reports.
Kerry Freeped in harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After action report
(by A Great Per)
With your Saddam mask plus the Flipper guy and good
signs, maybe just MAYBE the media will acknowledge
our Oh so irritating presence!
KTLA TV......to confirm that we would be there at 6 pm.I said that we WOULD. :o)
PS- If KTLA is going to be there at 6, should I be there at 5:30? earlier?
Personally, I plan to arrive before 5 pm - to do my standard pre-FReep "re-con."This event has the potential to be EXTRAORDINARY!! :o)
Please bring your DIGITAL CAMERA!!!
Posted 6/23/2004 6:41 PM
A blessing, and a curse, for Kerry
By Ross K. BakerAmericans would appear to be smitten with celebrities. No longer are the performers of Hollywood and the music world simply stars, but instead "icons," "divas" and even "heroes."
What greater benefit could come to a candidate than to have the most famous and adored faces in America lining up to endorse you?
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has managed, even before officially becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, to secure the support of some of the biggest names in screen acting and popular music. At a concert fundraiser tonight in Los Angeles, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and Willie Nelson will offer their voices for Kerry's cause. Among other glitterati who plan to attend: Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio.
A New York gala two weeks later will include Whoopi Goldberg and Jon Bon Jovi, among others. The two concerts are expected to rake in at least $10 million for Kerry critical funds in a political duel with President Bush that will shatter spending records.
But the alliance that Democratic candidates have long established with Hollywood has never been more necessary or dangerous. Money is driving presidential politics more than at any time in history, and with an evenly divided electorate, a link to Hollywood or big business, in the president's case could cost a candidate in the eyes of critical "swing" voters.
No Democratic candidate since George McGovern in 1972 has been backed by such star power. Yet, Democrats should be concerned that Kerry, for all of the high-powered show-business talent, might encounter the same attacks made against McGovern. He'll have to defend himself against the accusation that he was the choice of "limousine liberals" and show-business whackos from La-La Land...
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