California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts that President Obama will be re-elected in 2012, a prognostication that isn’t going to endear him to the GOP faithful.
Peter Beinart writes in the Daily Beast, “It’s hard to recognize it now, with the economy in the tank and Democrats running for cover, but take a step back and you can see that we’re still probably in the early stages of an era of Democratic dominance. It’s going to be a while before another Republican wins the White House, and when they do, I bet they have less in common with Sarah Palin than with Arnold himself.”
I’ve heard the same prediction privately from some prominent Republican operatives, although in the industry there’s already some conservative donors who are beginning to make their picks for the next presidential election, even at this early date. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a hopeful who is likely to run, was recently in Los Angeles for a meet-and-greet.
Browne for Boxer: Jackson Browne will perform for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) at a fund raiser on Oct. 17 at the home of Ron and Kelley Meyer. Hosts of the event also include Dayna and Steven Bochco, Keely and Pierce Brosnan and Cindy and Alan Horn. Tickets start at $500 per person.
The Mad Man: Time profilesFred Davis, the Hollywood-based admaker behind this year’s most memorable 30-second spots, including the recent “I am not a witch” blurb for Christine O’Donnell. She’s rumored to be the surprise guest on tonight’s edition of “Real Time with Ball Maher.”
More for the Midterms: The Artists & Athletes Alliance will have a briefing on the midterm election results on Nov. 8 in Los Angeles, with the lineup of speakers to be announced.
Weekend Itinerary: RE:FORM School, a group art exhibition spotlighting the plight of public education in the country, opens on Saturday at 233 Mott Street in New York City. The event, which runs through Monday, also includes an online art contest, the winners of which are featured here, as well as a gallery of many of the works here.
On Sunday, Colleen Hanabusa, running for a Hawaiian congressional seat, raises money at the Beverly Hills home of Cheri and Naren Shankar. Also appearing as a special guest at the event is Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).
Quotable: “They’re all on these high stands talking to you. It’s like testifying before a panel of pharmacists.” Stephen Colbert, to David Letterman, on what it was like to testify before a congressional committee.