Hol­ly­wood lib­er­als gloat­ing over Wash­ing­ton change of guard

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Stephanie Mansfield

LOS AN­GE­LES — Rep. Nancy Pelosi promised that her newly em­pow­ered Demo­cratic Party would not be gloat­ing, but there’s plenty of gloat in Hol­ly­wood, a hot­bed of left-wing, hy­brid-car driv­ing, anti-Bush lib­eral ac­tivism.

“We’re ab­so­lutely cuckoo ba­nanas for the Democrats,” said pro­ducer Lynda Obst, whose cred­its in­clude “Flash­dance” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” “And we’re es­pe­cially happy be­cause we know Ari.”

Ari is Ari Emanuel, Hol­ly­wood su­per­a­gent and brother of Rep. Rahm Emanuel, head of the Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee, who is be­ing widely praised for mas­ter­mind­ing the takeover of Congress.

With the help of his well-con­nected Hol­ly­wood brother — the pair talk on the phone two or three times a day — the Illi­nois Demo­crat man­aged to raise $104 mil­lion for his party in the fi­nal stretch be­fore the midterm elec­tions.

“I love my brother,” was the Hol­ly­wood Mr. Emanuel’s only com­ment on his blog at Huff­in­g­ton­Post.com. A wiry, in­tense man, his Bev­erly Hills’ agency rep­re­sents top names such as Michael Douglas, Martin Scorcese, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Moore and Larry David.

Writer-di­rec­tor Nora Ephron also blogged on the site about her jit­tery nerves on Nov. 7: “We’re afraid to go to sleep for fear of it be­ing 2000, when we went to sleep elated about Gore and wak­ened to Bush.”

Friends of television pro­ducer and out­spo­ken lib­eral Norman Lear spent Nov. 7 watch­ing the re­turns at his Los An­ge­les home, pre­sum­ably cel­e­brat­ing. Now that the votes are in, Hol­ly­wood is of­fi­cially elated.

“I would be elated if I lived in any state in Amer­ica,” Mr. Lear said Nov. 9. And he pre­dicts that the Democrats will take the White House in 2008. “I think so. I think the Amer­i­can peo­ple want to give it to an­other force.”

He added: “The vot­ers cer­tainly [were] fed up.”

Said Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton, “The Democrats in Hol­ly­wood are de­lighted, but the elec­tion was won on the war in Iraq.”

As for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in 2008, Mrs. Huff­in­g­ton added, “Hol­ly­wood is up for grabs.”

Hol­ly­wood’s con­tin­ued en­thu­si­asm for Democrats was demon­strated sev­eral weeks ago, when a bois­ter­ous crowd of sup­port­ers greeted Sen. Barack Obama at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where the Illi­nois Demo­crat later was mobbed at a sign­ing for his book “The Au­dac­ity of Hope.”

An e-mail from ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney — later reprinted in the Los An­ge­les Times — spelled out the lib­eral lead­ing man’s ex­cite­ment in cap­i­tal let­ters: “If SEN­A­TOR Obama be­comes PRES­I­DEN­TIAL CAN­DI­DATE Obama, it would be the most elec­tri­fy­ing thing to hap­pen to the Demo­cratic party since Kennedy.”

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