John McCain apparently sees an opening in tonight’s Beverly Wilshire fund-raiser for Barack Obama.
Per the Politico, he told a crowd of Ohioans, “He says he’s siding with the people just before he flew off for a fund raiser in Hollywood with Barbra Streisand. Let me tell you my friends, there’s no place I’d rather be than right here with the working men and women of Ohio.”
Within the Obama campaign, there is some worry that the event and its star power will provide fodder for the GOP, especially coming on the heels of yesterday’s devastating economic news.
The pre-concert dinner at the Greystone Estate costs $28,500-per-person, a fact that was blasted across the Drudge Report this morning.
It is a sum that McCain has raised himself — although the onus is off him a bit as he accepted public financing.
But McCain has tapped into Hollywood as well, if not to the extent thhat Obama has. Before he accepted that money, McCain hosted a fund-raiser just a few weeks ago at the Beverly Hilton, with stars such as Robert Duvall, Patricia Heaton and Jon Voight in attendance. In fact, McCain’s candidacy and his connections to the industry has raised hopes of a revival of Hollywood Republicans, “out of the closet and into the spotlight,” as the Weekly Standard put it in covering the fund-raising event.
Nevertheless, timing is everything, and it will be interesting to see how this is played in the next day or so. Even with all of the attention on the Streisand event, fund-raisers do not get nearly the attention that a public campaign event would get, for the simple reason that press is limited.
The fund-raiser is expected to raise more than $9 million, and sources say that they could very well end the evening raising $10 million, shattering records.