David Geffen, the powerful record executive and film producer, once raised millions for Bill Clinton, but now he’s supporting Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination. Why?
One of the main reasons Geffen is miffed at the dynamic duo of lies, deceit and Scotchgarded dry cleaning is because Bill Clinton didn’t pardon Leonard Peltier. Peltier was convicted in 1975 of killing two FBI agents and has become a cause celebre of the Hollywood establishment.
If we were to substitute the words ”FBI agents” with ”actors,” my guess is that Peltier would have zero support in Hollywood. But this hypothetical detail is neither here nor there for the purpose of this discussion, other than to point out that we should, first and foremost, always be skeptical of the opinion of a community that earns most of its fortunes peddling fiction.
Hillary loses support from many liberals due to her voting for the Iraq war in 2002, and now she’s backpedaling like Lance Armstrong careening down the north face of Mt. Everest with broken brake cables. Hillary is trying to make up for this by saying, ”Knowing what I know now, I never would have voted for it.”
And knowing what I know now I never would have put money on the Chicago Bears to win the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t get me my capital back, does it?
Geffen explained his switch in support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama by saying, ”Everybody in politics lies, but they (the Clintons) do it with such ease it’s troubling.”
Is Geffen just now figuring out the Clintons are liars? Hardly. Geffen’s abandoning of the Clinton ship reminds me of somebody else who jumped off the SS Bubba years ago: Dick Morris.
Morris, the political pundit and ex-Clinton adviser who was a big fan of the oral version of ”this little piggy went to market” while on the phone with the president mumbling something about Bosnia, helped make the Clintons what they are today. Now Morris uses the Clinton platform he helped erect (pardon the expression) in the ’90s to give himself a resume sought after by the mainstream media, where he writes about what liars the Clintons are. Gee Dr. FrankenMorris, thanks for helping build that monster and then locking the rest of us in the room with it.
There are those, like Morris, who continue to profit from a former relationship with the Clintons even though they knew they were liars, and who turned on them once the power and money well ran dry. Then there are people like David Geffen, who may actually be well intentioned in his beliefs, no matter how misguided they may seem, but who were naive enough to think that career liars might be telling the truth in one or two targeted instances.
What’s troubling about Geffen, and many other current and former Clinton fans for that matter, is that they were more than willing to support people they knew were lying bags of donkey exhaust as long as they were sharing a liberal agenda filled with similar goals. But once the Clintons strayed from that fine line, they were jettisoned from ”Camp Geffen” in short order.
You would hope somebody wouldn’t like lying politicians simply because they’re lying politicians – but unfortunately a lot of people will support lying politicians as long as they’re in their pockets, and vice-versa. For many, lying is ”noble” if it’s for a self-proclaimed higher purpose – this is why the Clintons have so many avid supporters, and yet so few real friends. Liars can help make you rich, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to leave them alone with the good china.
Geffen’s problem with Bill Clinton’s pardoning the likes of the wealthy Marc Rich instead of Leonard Peltier led to another interesting comment. Geffen told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, ”Marc Rich getting pardoned? … Yet another time when the Clintons were unwilling to stand for the things that they genuinely believe in.” I wanted to help Geffen figure out why it worked out that way, but every time I tried, the ”follow the money” meter exploded.
The lesson that David Geffen, and the rest of the Clintons supporters should take to heart is this: maybe the Clintons were ”unwilling to stand for the things they genuinely believe in” because they never genuinely believed in them.
For many, this has been painfully obvious for decades, but some folks are just now catching on. Better late than never.
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