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John McCain's Celebrity Triangulation
December 19, 2005

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Senator John McCain has joined Robin Williams, Larry David and Oprah Winfrey in auctioning off some one-on-one time in order to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial.

Chairwoman Ethel Kennedy suggests that this might be "a great way to do your holiday shopping – no one else will have it and your gift will help human rights activists around the globe."

Among the items being auctioned off are a walk-on role in "Reign O'er Me" (Mike Binder's upcoming film starring Adam Sandler), lunch with Williams, a visit to the set of "The West Wing" and lunch with the producer, and poker play with David.

Also in the auction lineup is what is being billed as a "power-lunch with straight-talking Senator John McCain."

No one knows yet whether Senator Lindsey Graham will be the high (or perhaps sole) McCain lunch bidder.

Meanwhile, Senator Hillary Clinton is getting fairly consistent flak from some of the power players in Hollywood.

David Geffen recently expressed his displeasure with a Hillary presidential bid, and Tim Robbins requested that the senator from New York plant one on his posterior.

Now George Clooney has entered the fray.

The star of "Syriana" and the Oscar-wooing "Good Night, and Good Luck" told the London Times that he is "frustrated and disappointed" that Hillary was afraid to oppose the war on Iraq. "I hate it when smart men and women are saying, ‘Well, if I knew then what I know now.' The fact is: I knew it then and I don't have national security clearance."

Maybe Clooney and company should be a bit more understanding. After all, House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did sort of officially give Dems the independent go-ahead when she said, "There is no one Democratic voice ... and there is no one Democratic position [on the Iraq war.]"

In additional war news, this time in the culture battle, the upcoming Stanley Tookie Williams memorial service may turn out to be the hottest ticket in Tinseltown.

Sean Penn, Jamie Foxx, Mike Farrell and Danny Glover will supposedly attend the funeral of the convicted killer, who last week was executed at San Quentin Prison.

The noon service is scheduled to be held at Bethel AME Church on December 20, and large TV screens will apparently be set up to accommodate folks who are expected to gather outside.

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan have been invited. Snoop Dogg and Jackson are slated to speak.

The families of the four victims of Tookie are not expected to attend.

There's no word yet on whether attendance at Tookie's funeral will be step two in McCain's game of celebrity triangulation.

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