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January 19, 2004
Reiner and Sheen Write Another Comedy

Hollywood heavyweights Rob Reiner and Martin Sheen wrote an opinion piece in today's Boston Globe in support of Howard Dean in New Hampshire's upcoming primary:

AS THIS PRESIDENTIAL campaign began, we knew that something fundamental was at stake: Our country faces a growing threat to our liberty and justice in America. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison spoke of the fear that economic power would one day seize political power. That fear is now being realized -- under the Bush administration, pharmaceutical companies draft our Medicare laws. Oil executives sit in the vice president's office and write energy bills. A majority of the reconstruction contracts in Iraq have gone to the president's campaign contributors. This president has squandered the goodwill of the world abroad while pursuing reckless fiscal policies here at home all for his personal agenda and that of his campaign contributors.

Those zany Hollywood limousine liberals! They're experts because Reiner produced a comedy about the White House and Sheen stars in a drama about the White House. (Me, I just stayed at a Holiday Inn Express overnight.) They're pretty hilarious, too, taking Bush to task for having "oil executives sit in the vice president's office and write energy bills," and then in the next breath endorsing Howard Dean. This is the same Howard Dean, one supposes, who ignored security breaches at Vermont's only nuclear plant in order to allow the energy provider to sell the reactor ... one of several energy providers who donated large sums of money to Dean's presidential campaign:

Nearly a fifth of the roughly $111,000 collected in its first months by Dean’s presidential political action committee, the Fund for a Healthy America, came from people with ties to Vermont’s electric utilities, according to a recent Federal Elections Commission filing.

Furthermore, if Reiner and Sheen want to appeal to New Hampshire voters, why are they writing op-ed pieces in a Boston newspaper? Don't they have newspapers in New Hampshire, or did Reiner and Sheen flunk geography? Perhaps the people of New Hampshire don't really cotton to Hollywood stars with more money than brains telling them which candidate to select. I assume both men are registered voters in California; perhaps they would do better to concentrate on Dean's campaign there, if he makes it that far.

And of course, that's the big question tonight.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 19, 2004 9:25 AM

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