September 2nd, 2008
10:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Star-struck?

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – I want to raise a question: if Hollywood is a nest of liberals and Democrats, why is it that virtually every Hollywood celebrity-turned politician has been a Republican. I give you: Ronald Reagan, Fred Thompson, George Murphy, Sonny Bono, Fred Grandy, Arnold Schwarzenegger. How can this be?

The one exception I can think of: Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard, Ben Jones.*

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Faiz

    Interesting point. The names you listed are the actors from Yester years. The current generation and new actors are very liberal. If any of them turn politician will be democrats.

    September 3, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  2. Sammy

    The offhand remark would be that maybe some republican actors in the end prefer power over acting when given a choice. However there have also been democrat actors who have tried for office but didnt get anywhere. A couple that come to mind that didnt make it were considered too liberal, even among democrats.

    I would sorta take Arnold off your list because hes not exactly a real republican... as the California republican party will tell you.

    September 3, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  3. Texas Witch Twister

    SCHEIDER YOU AND CNN HAVE GONE WAY TO FAR LEFT. IT IS OBVIOUS WHO YOU ARE BACKING. BUT YOU HAVE FAILED IN ACHIEVING WHAT YOUR AIMING FOR. THAT IS PUTTING AN UNQUALIFIED MAN INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. FORGET IT. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN WHILE MORAL PEOPLE WATCH AND HAVE A HAND IN IN MAKING SURE HE CAN NOT WIN THE ELECTION.

    September 3, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. Larry Buchas

    That will change. Al Franken will be the first example. Ben Affleck will be the second. And we never know if George Clooney picks up the call?

    September 3, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  5. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    Because Republicans want you to think that most celebrities are liberals. This will make it appear like Democrats are out-of-touch like celebrities are. Fortunately, I can see through this crap and make up my own mind...both parties suck! Let's stop hammering our schoolchildren with the two-party system and get a third (or fourth or fifth..or none!) party on the ballot and in debates.

    September 3, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  6. Dimslie

    It's pretty simple, Bill. There aren't too many districts in the country where George C. Looney, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, or Michael Moore could win.

    September 3, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  7. FORMER Obama Volunteer

    Mr. Schneider, yours is a completely pointless blog post.

    September 3, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. Bill

    It takes a set of principles (morals/values) that you believe in and the courage to stand up for them. A conservative in Hollywood must be strong and be able to defend/promote their positions. For the most part Liberal Elitism is short on facts and logic but long on windedness.

    September 3, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  9. matt

    They are the doers, not whiners like you.

    September 3, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  10. TonyInKentucky

    Republicans are lying hypocrites as usual Mr. Schneider.

    Just like they've been playing the anti-abortion and anti-gay folks for a generation.

    September 3, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  11. george fernan

    Fringe Alaskan Independence Party: Palin was a Member blogs.abcnews.com — McCain's campaign likes to herald the independence of its new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which has been pushing for a legal vote on whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the U.S.

    September 3, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  12. Misty

    They were and are all unqualified. Democrats will not give them the time of day–

    Also the actor turned politicians– were starting to turn old!! Needed new gigs-

    What better gig than beocming a republican– they are all acting to love our country anyway

    Counntry First: McCain's slogan– have you heard anything more stupid than that!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  13. Dee

    It's simple! You make a lot of money and you forget your old poor values for new wealthy ones... i.e. the Republicans.

    September 3, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  14. John in Binghamton NY

    MONEY!!!! People with lots of money tend to want to keep it and the GOP is their party. Also the GOP has never had a problem being hypocrites.

    September 3, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  15. Carl from MI

    Because actors act like better Republicans than actual Republicans themselves???

    Because actors know better than try to act like a Democrat, because Democrats don't tolerate PRETENDING???

    Because Democratic actors know they just can't hold a candle to Democratic politicians. Republicans actors, on the other hand, steal the spotlight from Republican politicians.

    What can you say? Republican politicians have weak game!!!!

    WAKE UP, AMERICA!!! VOTE SMART.... NOT SENILE!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  16. Noah, Calabasas CA

    Answer me this: why has a party who basically has a love affair with Ronald Regan (who was a celebrity in case you forgot) been painting Barack Obama as a "celebrity"?

    September 3, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  17. David St. Louis

    You are a stupid simpleton, these conservatives make sense when they speak! Thats why they are elected, unlike the Al Franken's, and the other liberals you think are geniuses who the American public is sick of.

    The facts are you scoff at Reagan, Thompson, Murphy, Bono, Grandy, and Schwarzenegger, because of there conservatism, you would never have run to interview them as some sort of expert in world affairs while they were conservative actors. The only way a conservative from Hollywood gets his message out is to run for office. Any liberal idiot can get his message out on CNN.

    September 3, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  18. psittacines

    Right. Castigate the left wing Hollywood and then invite actors to run for your top ticket and get them to speak at your conventions. What does this tell us about GOP spin and sincerity too. :)

    September 3, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  19. indy chris

    celebrity goes a long way in the gop

    September 3, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  20. k

    Buddy, are you stuck on stupid? How much do you get paid to ask these thought-provoking questions? Who are you anyway?

    September 3, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  21. paulman

    Perhaps it's because the kind of Republicans that you will find in Hollywood are the sort of people who would want to join the "establishment"/government, which is why some of them run for office and are successful. However, perhaps the kind of liberals and Democrats that (arguably) dominate Hollywood are the kind of people that would never dream of running for office – though they do support the same policies and values that the Democratic party does.

    September 3, 2008 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
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