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The Dynamics of California

John Harwood of the New York Times looks at the narrowing gap between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in California, and notes the Hollywood split:

“There’s a piece of Hollywood that is fascinated by the fact that we could have the first woman president,” said Marge Tabankin, an adviser to Barbra Streisand who formerly headed the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee. “But much of Hollywood is caught up in the aspirational side, the inspirational side of Barack Obama. They’re willing to go with the dream because they think it’s so transformative.”

He also talks to Antonio Villaraigosa, who is campaigning for Clinton.

Writes Harwood, “Mr. Villaraigosa likened the excitement surrounding Mr. Obama’s campaign to his 2001 bid to become the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles in more than a century. Thousands of exuberant supporters turned out for Mr. Villaraigosa’s election night rally that year, he recalled, compared with hundreds for James Hahn, his stolid rival.

“Mr. Hahn won. “Movements are great,” said Mr. Villaraigosa, who reversed the outcome in their rematch four years later. “But they don’t always translate.””

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