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Hillary Flirts With Hollywood
May 29, 2007

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Brett Ratner just completed a cameo appearance on HBO's hit show "Entourage."

The show features a hip, hard partying group of guys who would likely feel at home with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. However, their comfort level with Hillary Clinton may be a different story.

After a successful Obama fundraising outing, which was held at trendy Hollywood nightspot Boulevard 3 and drew the likes of Jessica Biel and Taye Diggs, Hillary apparently wants a piece of the young celebrity action, too.

Ratner's mansion in the hills will be the venue for a lower cost affair for Hillary, which is planned to appeal to a more casual crowd.

For $250 per person, $500 for the after-party inclusion and $1,000 for the bonus VIP reception treatment, you can hear Hillary at a house that at various times was inhabited by Ingrid Bergman, Kim Novak, and James Caan.

Ratner tells Variety that the event will be "fun" and draw a crowd that may be turned off by the sort of "stuffy, kind of uptight" events fundraisers usually are.

"What is exciting is I think a lot of people are going to come and hear Hillary speak that normally wouldn't go to a political fund-raiser," Ratner said. "That is what is exciting about the way we are doing it. The list [of attendees] is a very interesting list."

On the committee roster for Hillary's event are Christina Aguilera, Penelope Cruz, Heather Graham, Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven, and Mike Myers.

Before Hillary shows up at Ratner's fund fest, she'll seek the serious money at a more mature affair co-hosted by Democratic stalwarts Steven Spielberg and Haim Saban.

Coincidentally, on the very same night, just down the road a ways at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a fundraiser will be held for former New York mayor and current Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

On another Left Coast note, Ben Affleck recently went into a tawdry tirade while appearing on a cable talk show.

The actor, who, by the way, is seen by many in the Democratic Party as a future political candidate, was a panelist on "Real Time with Bill Maher," HBO's political answer to "The Jerry Springer Show."

In response to a question about Democrats "caving in on this Iraq spending bill," Affleck said, "These f***ing people. You know what it is? Democrats, this is the f***ing problem with them."

He then referred to the Dems' actions with respect to funding the war as "this f***ing giveaway."

"The Democrats live in fear of basically, you know, being called cowards. Of looking soft on military. Of looking like p*sies, basically. We're afraid that somebody's going to call us a p*ssy," Affleck said.

"Out of a fear of being criticized, they sacrificed their core political beliefs. And they wonder why people call them f***ing weak," he added.

In response to Affleck's allegations, Nancy Pelosi has challenged him to a cage match.

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