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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hollywood v/ Palin

Hollywood’s heroes are stepping up the war against Governor Sarah Palin--and eloquence isn’t their friend.

First, Matt Damon demeans Sarah Palin achievements and calls her a mere hockey mom.

“You do the actuary tables and there’s a one-out-of-three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn’t survive his first term and it will be President Palin . . . It’s like a bad Disney movie,” said Damon, who has ponied up $4,600 to Barack Obama this year and $28,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

“ ‘I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska.’ And she’s the president,” he continued. “And it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It’s absurd. It’s totally absurd.”

There is nothing to be ashamed of in being a “hockey mom,” but (while he pays lip service to her being “mayor of a really, really small town” and being “governor of Alaska for less than two years") when he sees her as Vice President he sees “just a hockey mom from Alaska.” Her experiences in government and her popularity with the citizens of Alaska just disappear and suddenly Sarah Palin is just a mom shuttling kids to hockey practice and cooking brownies. Given that he doesn’t ask the same question about Obama and his extremely limited governmental experience, I wonder what that says about Matt Damon?

Does it say that he thinks that a man like Obama is automatically more capable of dealing with the Russians that a “mere hockey mom” (who also happens to have stints as both mayor and governor on her CV)? Or is it just that he doesn’t like either Palin or McCain’s politics and he’s grasping for reasons to tear down what he sees as the biggest threat to Obama’s campaign?

Honestly, I have a hard time imagining the former, but the latter is more then enough reason to discount his words. He may not be a sexist pig (hold the lipstick, please), but he’s definitely carrying water for his candidate’s campaign. Luckily, America doesn’t seem to give much notice to its stars’ political opinions.

And Pamela Anderson demonstrates the wisdom of America’s citizens.

The reporter asked Pam if she saw a recent Newsweek article, which showed a gigantic bear hide in the office of Palin’s house.

“I can’t stand her,” Pam blurted out. “She can suck it!”

Which argument makes Matt Damon’s pronouncements look positively brilliant by comparison, especially coming as they do from a woman who made a career from artfully bouncing down beaches on the boob tube, playing second fiddle to David Hasslehoff. Her main claims to fame subsequently are short marriages, explicit tapes, and exceptionally funny taste in men. She’s not what you might call a good role model for young women.

When folks like this take shots at a woman like Palin--especially with arguments like “She can suck it!"--it just increases the public sense that she is one of us. She represents someone who understand our concerns and problems in a way that most actors in Hollywood never will.

Like I said yesterday: Obama’s supporters continue to be the GOP’s best friends. More hearty thanks to Anderson and Damon for helping the cause; we truly appreciate everything you do for us.

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