Celebrity Convention Players
Disclaimer: There are no cool links with this posting. It's just my rant.
I'm sitting here watching "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and actor Ron Silver is one of three commentators. Sure, he plays a great political strategist on "The West Wing," but don't tell me the folks over at MSNBC couldn't find anyone else who supports the war in Iraq to appear on the show. Remember Glenn Close's cameo at the DNC? I believe there is a place for celebrities in politics. They can add high-profile support for candidates and issues, so why not use them? But I stop short of supporting this recent trend of lending serious air time to them when the city is teeming with key political heavy weights. For me, it lowers the caliber of these shows when hosts like Chris Matthews and Larry King toss fluffy questions at celebrity guests with mocking severity and feigned interest. They don't seem to care; I sure as hell don't care. Anyone else irritated?