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Hollywood Conservatives to Rally for McCain

I love stories about Hollywood conservatives. I guess it is because I am such a big television and movie fan and hate to think of the money I contribute to the industry through ticket sales ending up as donations to liberal politicians. I enjoyed reading the list of those expected to attend an event for John McCain next week.

As Democrats celebrate in Denver next week, Republican presumptive presidential nominee Sen. John McCain will be trying to fire up some star power of his own by collecting checks and support from conservatives in Hollywood.

Mr. McCain will attend a fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton on Monday, the day the Democrats' convention opens,bringing together top leaders from the Los Angeles business and entertainment communities, according to an invitation for the event obtained by The Washington Times.

Show business publication Variety reported that Angie Harmon, David Zucker, Jon Cryer, Lionel Chetwynd, Craig T. Nelson, Jon Voight, Craig Haffner and Robert Duvall are among those expected to attend.

For more on conservatives in Hollywood, read John Nolte's piece on David Zucker's upcoming An American Carol movie. More on conservative Hollywood at Dirty Harry's Place and at Libertas (now on hiatus, but there is still plenty of current stuff there to check out).


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Comments (35)

I'm happy to see that some ... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

I'm happy to see that some in Hollow Wood are going to support McCain.

Maybe next we'll be able to get a group of obese welfare recipients that support McCain as well.

I'm sorry, I admit that the... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

I'm sorry, I admit that the above may have been a little on the insensitive side. But when a group that is 99%-plus for Obama has some showing up for McCain, it is heartening.

Let's change "obse welfare recipients" to "terrorist muslims" on that outside chance that there may be a few loco terrorists that don't worship Obama (we know that straight thinking terrorists will go for the Obamassiah).

"I think that there are mor... (Below threshold)
185C:

"I think that there are more closet conservatives in Hollywood than there are closet homosexuals."
-- Charlton Heston, Firing Line, May 8, 1996

I always liked that quote

The only way you'll see any... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

The only way you'll see any stars at that fundraiser is to be hit in the face.

My first thought when I rea... (Below threshold)

My first thought when I read the headline was "Both of them?"

"I guess it is because I am... (Below threshold)
max:

"I guess it is because I am such a big television and movie fan and hate to think of the money I contribute to the industry through ticket sales ending up as donations to liberal politicians."

Wow. You must truly see the entire world through the prism of politics. That's kinda sad.

On the other hand, Lionel Chetwynd and Craig Haffner? No way! The only star bigger than they are is Jon Cryer. He's gonna be there too? OMG!

But at least you've got Jon Voigt to counterbalance the lefts Alec Baldwin.

Feel the McMentum!

Was Kirk Cameron not availa... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Was Kirk Cameron not available? Or can he just not afford to pay for a hotel room in Los Angeles?

Well, good for him, I guess... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Well, good for him, I guess. He's going to need it.

The money, that is. Jon Voight won't be turning California redder anytime soon.

Funny thing Lorie, I was al... (Below threshold)

Funny thing Lorie, I was also thinking about Hollywood celebrities and the 2008 election and I'm planning to pen a piece in a few days on my two blogs about which celebrity supports who and which Clinton backers such as Markie Post have so far not given to Obama, but I'm still doing research on the donations. There is also one large celebrity Clinton backer who is now giving to McCain. But you'll have to read my piece to find out who.

Interestingly, David Letterman made a large gift to the Al Franken Campaign, but only because he is a friend. Canadian-born Paul Shaffer made a decent contribution to a Republican campaign in the past, but has not donated anything of note recently.

It promise it will be a fun a piece and I'll try to balance it out so everyone can enjoy it regardless of their views. I just want the piece to be cool to read and not preach to anyone.

I don't care what people wh... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I don't care what people who pretend to be someone else do with their money. I am happy for McCain, but the republicans are made up of ordinary HARD WORKING, TAX PAYING, people. ww

Willie, quick: which campai... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Willie, quick: which campaign has garnered a greater volume of small contributions? Hint: it's the one with the guy who can count the number of houses he owns.

Paul H.,You mention ... (Below threshold)

Paul H.,
You mention Canadian born Paul S. donating. Has he become an American citizen?

And I loves me some Angie Harmon. I don't care if she's liberal or conservative, she's smokin'

XBrad, I think that Paul Sh... (Below threshold)

XBrad, I think that Paul Shaffer may have become a U.S. citizen according to something he once might have said. But I can't find proof to back it up on Google, so I can't say for sure. I'm not sure if he had to be a U.S. citizen in order to donate to the campaign he supported or not either. Maybe someone here knows.

Angie Harmon is indeed a major babe and a great actress. I really miss the WOMEN"S MURDER CLUB that ABC cancelled that she was in. That was a half decent show. I sort of like Markie Post who is 57 a lot myself, but Marg Helgenberger from CSI is another fine lady who is 49. Both are proof positive that some very fine older ladies certainly exist. Both are decent actresses as well.

On the other hand,... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
On the other hand, Lionel Chetwynd and Craig Haffner? No way! The only star bigger than they are is Jon Cryer. He's gonna be there too? OMG!

But at least you've got Jon Voigt to counterbalance the lefts Alec Baldwin.

Sheesh! They're all great actors, as well as individuals with a voice. I guess your proclaiming who the biggest stars aren't far outweighs a political view during election season. :p

So LaMedusa, they're all gr... (Below threshold)
max:

So LaMedusa, they're all great actors, eh? Tell me, what's your favorite Lionel Chetwynd film?

I'm not the one who wrote this piece, dude. I just responded. In a very snide way, to be sure, but if you want to bust someone's chops for writing fluff, take it up with Lorie. :\

the republicans are made... (Below threshold)
Brian:

the republicans are made up of ordinary HARD WORKING, TAX PAYING, people.

People like Angie Harmon, David Zucker, Jon Cryer, Lionel Chetwynd, Craig T. Nelson, Jon Voight, Craig Haffner and Robert Duvall.

Tell me, what's yo... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
Tell me, what's your favorite Lionel Chetwynd film?

Okay, so you got me there as being too inclusive. The real point is, they all have a voice during the election season, and even if Chetwynd isn't an actor, why would his be less significant? Even if he weren't in the industry, would it be less? With such a side-swipe of a comment, remind me again what the definition of fluff is, and how it pertains to this post?

"...and even if Chetwynd is... (Below threshold)
max:

"...and even if Chetwynd isn't an actor, why would his be less significant?"

I never said it would be less significant. I was just making fun of the fact that nobody, myself included, knows who those people are. Then I made fun of Jon Cryer's lack of stardom. Then I made fun of Voight and Baldwin because they're both lunatics. Both fine actors as well. I don't think that their opinions are any more or less valid than yours or mine. And I consider any talk of what actors belong to what political party to be fluff.

My advice is to lighten up, man. They're just actors. What good are they if you can't make fun of them?

"Show business publication ... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"Show business publication Variety reported that Angie Harmon, David Zucker, Jon Cryer, Lionel Chetwynd, Craig T. Nelson, Jon Voight, Craig Haffner and Robert Duvall are among those expected to attend." -- Lorie

It's too bad about Angelina's dad, The Midnight Cowboy, and also about the fellow who loved the smell of Napalm in the morning, but who exactly are these other guys???

My advice is to li... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
My advice is to lighten up, man. They're just actors. What good are they if you can't make fun of them?

Your original comment to Lorie was an insult:

Wow. You must truly see the entire world through the prism of politics. That's kinda sad.

My advise to you, "man", is to be an example of your own advise, otherwise giving it is pointless. What good is a comment that contradicts itself? They're both "fine actors", but "nobody, including yourself knows who they are." (??) But they aren't any good if you can't make fun of them, even if you don't know who they are.

oops, "advice"... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

oops, "advice"

What, no Ron Silver?... (Below threshold)

What, no Ron Silver?

LaMedusa, you'll have to le... (Below threshold)
max:

LaMedusa, you'll have to learn how to read before I can have a conversation with you. Sorry.

LaMedusa, you'll h... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
LaMedusa, you'll have to learn how to read before I can have a conversation with you. Sorry.

LaMedusa, you'll have to stop revealing my inconsistencies before I can feel safe enough to come by with a snide remark. Otherwise know as: "Where's that escape hatch?"

Or remain blissfully ignora... (Below threshold)
max:

Or remain blissfully ignorant. Your choice.

So much for "I can't have a... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

So much for "I can't have a conversation with you". ;)

I don't quite get it. Are ... (Below threshold)

I don't quite get it. Are those saying they don't know who these people are trying to make the point that there are not as many big name Hollywood types that are conservative? Duh. That is the point! They are a small group of people who risk their careers by even admitting they are Republicans. I repeat. That was the point of the post. Seeing a bunch of people in Hollywood gathering to support a Republican is so rare that it is newsworthy.

As for those bizarrely going on about their ignorance of who people like Lionel Chetwynd are, there is this really cool site called IMDB and you can look them up there. I had heard Chetwynd's name, but didn't know that he was an Oscar and Emmy nominated writer and director, but it only took about 20 seconds to look him up. I had not heard of Haffner either, but looked him up and he has been nominated for two prime time Emmy awards and appears to have a long list of credits producing shows for The History Channel and others. This internet is such a nifty little tool.

I knew Angie Harmon because I have seen just about every episode of Law & Order ever made. Zucker has been all over t.v. and the internet just recently promoting An American Carol. I think most everyone knows who Craig T. Nelson (Coach) and Robert Duvall are, but maybe not. I watch a lot of tv and see a lot of movies so mayber they are not as well known as I think.

I used to point to John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Charlton Heston and Bob Hope and say it wasn't the quantity of celebrities on your side, but the quality. Unfortunately they are no longer with us, but there are still some good conservative actors around.

That's an excellent questio... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

That's an excellent question, Lorie. Understand the point of the post, but I've never seen Robert Duvall or Craig T Nelson as unknowns. They hold a lot of weight in Tinsletown, as well as Jon Cryer. Stephen Baldwin, too, even though he is not mentioned above. That's a good "Little Big" group supporting McCain.

The only way you'll see ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

The only way you'll see any stars at that fundraiser is to be hit in the face.

Are you volunteering?

"In a very snide way, to... (Below threshold)

"In a very snide way, to be sure, but if you want to bust someone's chops for writing fluff, take it up with Lorie. :\"

Yeah! And leave max alone. He shouldn't be held accountable for what he says.
/sarcasm

"My advice is to lighten up, man. They're just actors. What good are they if you can't make fun of them?"

And your first comment was indicative of calm, reasoned and "light"?

You weren't 'making fun of them' in general. You were making fun of the author's choice of topics and that those attending this fundraiser weren't substantial enough to mention. Which, by the way, makes me wonder where YOUR blog is so we can read "real substance".

Frankly, I don't give a damn what Hollywood thinks. But it's still interesting that there are a few brave ones willing to go against the massive tide of group think there, politically or otherwise.

"And leave max alone. He sh... (Below threshold)
max:

"And leave max alone. He shouldn't be held accountable for what he says."

I admitted my comment was snide. What more do you want?

"You were making fun of the author's choice of topics and that those attending this fundraiser weren't substantial enough to mention."

Yeah, so what? I made fun of Alec Baldwin too, but you conveniently overlooked that part.

"Which, by the way, makes me wonder where YOUR blog is so we can read "real substance."

I apologize for having a job and a life. Wizbang is a fun distraction for me. And I don't have any illusions about people actually wanting to know what I think. And just because it's fluff doesn't mean it's worthless. I just have a bad habit of calling 'em as I see 'em.

"Frankly, I don't give a damn what Hollywood thinks."

And yet here you are, jumping to their defense. Or at least the "conservative" ones.

I swear, Oyster, you could teach a class on creative misreading.

"And your first comment was... (Below threshold)
max:

"And your first comment was indicative of calm, reasoned and "light"?"

No. But that's not what we've been talking about. Try to stay focused. I do think it's sad to be unable to look past politics and just enjoy a movie. And while it was not "light", it was calm and reasoned. I wonder how capable you are to put politics aside and just enjoy yourself. Regardless of how annoying you can be, I hope you can do that.


max - "My advice is to l... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

max - "My advice is to lighten up, man."

Oyster - "And your first comment was indicative of calm, reasoned and "light"?"

max - "No. But that's not what we've been talking about. Try to stay focused."

max, it's a good thing you have a "job and a life", and don't have to have a good memory or the ability to reason to earn a living.

And another note: "I wonder... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

And another note: "I wonder how capable you are to put politics aside and just enjoy yourself."

Maybe you would be better off going to a non-political blog, so you won't have to be annoyed with so much politics.

I "am" focused, max. You j... (Below threshold)

I "am" focused, max. You just want that focus directed away from what you say. You just want to comment and suffer no response. After all, you don't have any illusions about people actually wanting to know what I think. So much so that you're letting us know what you think. Over and over.

My showing an interest in observing that there is some diversity of political thought in Hollywood constitutes "defense" to you. Talk about misreading - you could use a class in comprehension.

Max, you're the one who made this such a big deal by going on and on about how it's not a big deal. No one seemed to really care much until you got all pissy because there was any interest at all.

The time you spend here as a "diversion" could be spent giving your opinion on a blog of your own. Five minutes to set it up for free. Ten minutes here and there stating your opinions. I mean, you know, since you have no illusions about people actually wanting to know what you think.




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