On Friday after returning from St. Paul, a friend and I went out to dinner at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant. Â As we were finishing up, I heard a loud male voice proclaim how John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin had made him proud to be a Republican — “for the first time in three years.”
What struck me was not just the synchronicity of hearing a Republican gushing about our party’s ticket on the day I returned from seeing them nominated, but that he would proclaim his enthusiasm in such a loud voice in a public space in the heart of liberal LA, within a few miles of Hollywood.
Normally, when we Republicans discuss politics in Hollywood, we do so in a hushed tones, fearful that some left-leaning player might hear us and thus “black list” us.
This enthusiastic Republican wouldn’t be the only one to gush about Sarah. Â Earlier today, while doing my cardio at my gym in the heart of Hollywood, I heard two women discuss Palin inÂ normal tones of voice. Â Delighted to hear such support of my party’s vice-presidential nominee in a place where I am often needled for my conservative views, I chimed in, noting that “I was there” for the speech.
One of the women observed that many of their (her and her husband’s) Hollywood friends who had been “in the closet” (her expression not mine) about their Republican views were openly expressing their support of the ticket now that John McCain had chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Like Tammy Bruce, they don’t agree with her on abortion, but are impressed with her persona and accomplishments. Â And with John McCain for tapping such a strong woman.
Of course, two conversations do not a trend make, but hearing Republicans in Hollywood so openly discuss our party’s candidates is not something you encounter every day. Â Especially when they’re speaking in a normal tone of voice — or louder.
UPDATE (John, Average Gay Joe): The Weekly Standard has an interesting column on Hollywood celebrities supporting the McCain campaign. Check it out to learn more about the “Friends of Abe, an informal group of entertainment-industry conservatives”.