The sell-out crowd that packed into the Wilshire Theatre on Thursday night for a Hillary Clinton fund-raiser looked to be a flashback to the days when California still mattered, i.e. before the state’s primary, which the candidate won handily.

There was something different this time around. Donors were still enthusiastic, but felt forced to justify just how it was they thought their candidate could win.  Some I talked to were nervous. A few seemed genuinely angry. The man next to me grumbled about the plight of Florida and Michigan, and indicated that he was ready to cast his vote for John McCain.

“The way that you can really help,” he told the woman next to him, “is to organize a force.”

She gave him an inquisitive look.

“A force. To confront media bias,” he said. She then pointed out that it’s not all media that is anti-Hillary. Howard Stern, she believes, is pro-Hillary. He was skeptical.

As Clinton has in campaign stops recently, she played up the image of us against the system.

Surrounded on the stage by some of her most strident Hollywood supporters, Clinton all but cast her campaign as a moral crusade, not just on her signature issues of health care and housing, but on the potential “disenfranchisement” of millions of voters who participated in the Florida and Michigan primaries.

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