THE SPINE JUNE 17, 2007
I CONFESS. I didn't know who Darryl McDaniels was until I read an article
about his political opinions in this week's New York Observer. I am
not exactly sure that I know now either. But, to put other rap illiterates
in the neighborhood like me, he's the founder of Run-D.M.C., which the
weekly paper for the rich Upper East Side characterizes as "the immortal,
pioneering rap group [that] ... smashed Billboard records with songs like
'Walk This Way,' 'Raising Hell' and 'My Adidas'." Wow! As I said, I
didn't know any of this. And, of course, like those of you to whom I've
just given this information, I now understand why the Observer ran a 2/3
page article with the headline, "A Rap Legend Digs Hillary - Also, Obama."
Forget it Barack. You are toast with D.M.C. You are toast even
though: "You know what I like about Barack Obama? He is probably the best
man for the job because he don't really got to worry about people, taking
people's sides. You know what I'm saying?" Not exactly. "Like Hillary
has people she dealt with for years and sometimes she might have to make a
decision and tell these people, 'F you [this is the Observer's demure
abbreviation], I got to do this' and they're going to get mad at her. But
with Barack right now, he can look at the whole landscape." It goes on and
on like this, finally to his detriment. That "F you" competence is a big
asset for Hillary.
D.M.C. is also for Hillary "because it's gangsta." A wonderful
compliment, truly wonderful. And the "rap legend" came to her fund-raiser
at the "swanky Capitale nightclub in Manhattan" (how come I never heard of
it?) "to experience something I can talk to my grandkids about." How
touching besides. The headliners at this bash were Bill Clinton--I know
who he is--and Christina Aguilera, of whom I have not the faintest
idea. Is this what they read at 740 Park?
I DO KNOW WHO STEVEN SPIELBERG IS. But, frankly, I don't really care who
he is for either, and I doubt that many people do. Still, Spielberg thinks
that he's an important influence on the voters. So he issued a statement,
a nothing, blah-blah statement, which he appears to think is of great
import: "I've taken the time to familiarize myself with the impressive
field of Democratic candidates and am convinced that Hillary Clinton is the
most qualified candidate to lead us from her first day in the White
House. Hillary is a strong leader and is respected the world over. As
president, she will bring America back together, rebuild our prestige
abroad and ensure our protection here at home."
"I've taken the time to
familiarize myself ..." What pomposity. Who wrote this
verbiage? Certainly not Tony Kushner. Maybe Spielberg wrote it himself.
In any case, Hillary's campaign put this blah-blah on its web site, and the
New York Post reported it this Thursday. Presumably others too. In
the Post's smart-assed way the headline read, "Hill wins Steve
stakes." Then the subhead explained what it meant: "Spielberg backs her."
The drama over who Spielberg is supporting for president is something I
just don't understand. Is Spielberg a political tactician or a moral
philosopher? Why should his writing checks and, if he's not too busy,
actually voting for Hillary be of such interest? But, as I said above,
maybe it isn't. Or some people might be interested in what a celebrity
does but don't truly care about why he does it. Like trawling the
Hollywood hills gawking at homes of the stars. The same Post article tells
us that, among Hillary's other Hollywood backers, are also Eva Longoria and
Mike Myers. All I can say is "Wow!" again. I don't know who these folks
But, since Hugh Hefner is also supporting Hillary, some people might just
wonder why. Hefner is not actually a wholesome name, and neither is Clinton.
So maybe it is something about belief. I might want to know why Hef
actually likes Hill. What is it in her that gets a rise from him?
And, while we're talking real politics, I'd want to know if Spielberg knows
something that we don't. Like, as he painfully and dreadfully explained to
us in his film "Munich," that there is no real difference between
terrorists and those who go after them. Does Hillary believe that? I am
certain not, absolutely certain. But maybe Spielberg thinks she
does. What else does he think she believes in? Maybe it's just that she
"is a strong leader and is respected the world over." Bullshit words.