“Hollywood Liberal Elite” Vs. “San Francisco Values”


Today the SF Chronicle has an interesting piece on the new Right-Wing slur: “San Francisco values.” It seems that now that the GOP & Rove figured out that most of America doesn’t know anything about Nancy Pelosi, they thought they’d align (malign) her with terrible, horrible, liberal San Francisco.

It is no doubt a much-needed, but terribly late shift from the old “Holywood liberal elite” label. After all, how can the party of Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzanegger continue to hate Hollywood when it’s working so well for them? The following is from the LA Times:

According to the latest campaign filings, 28 entertainment industry PACs — lobbying on behalf of corporations such as Sony, Time Warner, Disney and others — have donated nearly $4.8 million to candidates up for reelection this year.

About 59% of the PAC money has gone to Republicans, including Sens. Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Pat Roberts of Kansas, according to Federal Elections Commission records and the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (Opensecrets.org).

The Democrats — who are often the beneficiaries of individual contributions from celebs — received 41% of the industry PAC money.

“Well, that should belie the right’s belief that Hollywood is just a pack of liberals,” said producer Norman Lear, a longtime contributor to Democrats.

Is there any equivilant to this on the other side? Do Howard Dean or Al Franken speak disparagingly of “Dallas Values”?


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