NEW YORK — As showbiz Kerry faithful began taking the stage in Beantown, Gotham’s politically minded industryites reveled for their candidates one last time at a series of viewing parties election eve.
Miramax Films co-topper and Democratic booster Harvey Weinstein and Georgette Mosbacher — the Borghese CEO and GOP backer — buried the hatchet for one evening to cohost a bipartisan Election Night party at the heavy hitters haunt The Palm.
As the party got into full swing, Weinstein was keeping his cool.
“This is always a wonderful event,” said Weinstein, with one eye securely on a flat-screen TV and another on a stream of well-wishers. “You fight with everyone all year long, and every four years, and then you throw a bash to blow off a little steam.”
When asked if he felt there was a little more riding on this year’s race, the honcho quipped, “Well, we had a lot riding on the last election, too.”
Rubbing shoulders — and opinions — at the fete were Tina Brown, Howard Stringer, attorney David Boies, Miramax Books’ Jonathan Burnham, Harold Evans, investment banker Steve Ratner, Barbara Walters, Mort Zuckerman and Meryl Poster.
“The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and his cadre of fake news commentators didn’t show up at their own election viewing party at The Park until after the show’s live telecast concluded further uptown.
An exhausted Stewart joked about the media frenzy over his show, saying “Clearly we are unworthy…clearly what they imagine our influence to be is not the case.”
But Mena Suvari knew what the fuss was about, crediting the show with invigorating her interest in politics. “I don’t see Ed Helms enough,” she mused about her favorite correspondent.
The mood was even more tongue in cheek at the East Village comedy show party hosted by part-time CNN commentator and ubiquitous political humorist Andy Borowitz .
Considerably uptown at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, Time Warner honchos Dick Parsons, Don Logan and Jeff Bewkes presided over a major election night bash at their company’s massive 2.8 million-square-foot space.