Saturday, August 07, 2004

Celebs and Kerry: Confusing Fame And Significance

Two boys from Boston, John Kerry and Ben Affleck, yukking it up.

In a rather breathless L.A. Times article on August 6, I first read that a group of pop musicians have decided that they have had enough - enough, mind you! - of this Bush barbarian and are now going to get serious about throwing him out of office. If you did not see the loving treatment the Times gave this startling news, you can read it here.

I guess I always thought these folks were automatically behind every liberal candidate. Movie stars and singers were there for Al Gore and Bill Clinton and Michael Dukakis and Fritz Mondale and . . . well, you get the picture. The difference this time is that they are being organized by "527" organizations, meaning that under the McCain-Feingold law the sponsoring organizaton is not officially connected to any candidate. (But we all know darn well who they support and where their money is coming from.) Their stated goal is to defeat Bush.

If you want to read some fun fulmination about all this, Power Line does it here. For my part, I think these people are all incredibly narcissistic and clueless. They think that because they are famous (or, in some cases, talented) they are significant-- and that their opinion on issues unrelated to their fields of expertise (music and movie making) really matters.

It doesn't. And I don't think the electorate is going to care what these people think about politics.


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