Hollywood and Washington: Fatal Disconnect or Forever Bound Together?

“It is times like these that have prompted John McCain to observe, ‘If Washington is a Hollywood for ugly people, Hollywood is a Washington for the simple-minded…’ Everywhere you turn there are sightings of a nationwide backlash against celebrities.” But Frank Rich argues that, while celbrity liberals may seem (and probably are) awfully out-of-touch with reality, the verbal grenades they’re lobbing at the Bush administration aren’t any more absurd than those regularly being heaved the opposite way by folks like Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter. Furthermore, the backlash isn’t terribly likely to have any lasting effect, and may actual serve to fire up the stagnant left.