The Washington Pom-Pom Post is at it again on Sunday with the article “Support for Clinton overflowing in Calif.” The only thing missing was an exclamation point and hearts to dot the I’s. It was “another stage, another overflowing ballroom.”
Post reporter Matea Gold – a recent transplant from the Los Angeles Times – features Hillary mugging in photos with rock star Lenny Kravitz and panel discussions with Rob “Meathead” Reiner. Everywhere she goes, liberals pile on to create a “Hillary Effect” for the next campaign:
“There’s huge energy for her, not only here, but all over California,” said Mickey Kantor, who served as commerce secretary under Bill Clinton. “Her roles as a senator, as secretary of state, as first lady – they’ve made her a star.”
Without a campaign to serve as a receptacle for their excitement, Clinton backers are boosting the fortunes of groups that come within Clinton's orbit. Call it the Hillary Effect.
Jubilant officials at the International Medical Corps, a humanitarian nonprofit based in Santa Monica, said the group raised close to $2 million after featuring Clinton at its annual awards celebration Friday night at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, whose ballroom was jammed with 880 people. Bill Clinton made an appearance at the VIP champagne reception beforehand, mugging for photos with singer Lenny Kravitz, among others.
"I think they've raised twice as much tonight as any event they've ever had before, so it means everything in the world," said DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg. He and his wife, Marilyn, were among the event's co-chairs, along with director Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw - all potential heavyweight backers of a Clinton 2016 bid.
Andy Spahn, a top Hollywood political adviser, said that major political donors are focused right now on raising money to back Democrats in the 2014 midterms. But "if Secretary Clinton ultimately decides to run for president in 2016, we will walk through walls for her," Spahn said.
At every turn during Clinton’s Los Angeles stay, she was greeted by potential fundraisers and political surrogates. Producer-director Rob Reiner moderated a closed-door discussion Friday with Clinton, her daughter, Chelsea, and a group of top television executives and writers about how to weave story lines about national service and early childhood education into television shows.
Isn't it funny how Hollywood executives are always plotting to stuff liberal "idealism" into TV shows? National service and early childhood education would be a nice balance to the bloody violence on shows like "Criminal Minds."
Everyone in this story is a longtime Hillary booster who can't wait to put the Clintons back in the White House -- except Roberto Suro of USC, who before he was an advocate for broader immigration was a Washington Post reporter.