Obama-Clinton-Geffen Post Mortem

Some conclusions after a day in which entertainment and politics crashed into each other:

1. How it helps Clinton: She proves she can mount a rapid-response operation, allieviating any donor fears she’ll be another John Kerry.

2. How it helps Obama: It only puts more attention on the doubts that some major donors — not just Geffen — have about her electability.

3. How it hurts Clinton: A reminder that there once was such a thing as “Clinton fatigue.”

4. How it hurts Obama: Authenticity gets stretched when you play the politics game with Hollywood’s image makers.

5. Even though Geffen is known to be outspoken in interviews, you can’t help but think that he’s shrewd enough to have known the waves that his comments would create.

6. On the other hand, there are resentments and there are resentments.

7. Someone will soon ask Obama whether he’d pardon Leonard Peltier.

8. Someone will soon ask the Clintons if they’ve seen “Dreamgirls.”

9. Someone will soon ask Marc Rich if he’s told former lawyer Scooter Libby what it’s like to have a pardon.

10. As much attention as Hollywood is getting in political circles this week, nothing has changed the fact that it’s still an ATM.

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