A Gallup poll released days after the convention put Obama at 47 percent and Romney at 46 percent — about where they were before the Tampa, Fla., event.
“So far, we don’t see an impact,” wrote Gallup editor Frank Newport.
Insiders, however, are still assessing this.
Democrats have been criticized over the years about the fundraising relationships they have developed with the Hollywood elite. Actors George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick., Tyler Perry, and Barbra Streisand are but a few that have repeatedly opened their homes and dug deep into their own pockets in support of Barack Obama; as have film producer Harvey Weinstein and DreamWorks Animation CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, wo have also been very vocal on that support.
They all must be having a good chuckle right about now.
“The post-convention coverage was all about Clint,” notes Bill Carrick, a veteran Los Angeles-based Democratic political consultant. “Radio, cable TV, everyone was talking about it. I think he contributed to Romney’s failure to get any bounce.”
Interesting to note, the 12-minute “ad-lib” as it were, by actor Clint Eastwood, had not been approved by Romney advisers in advance.
But all of this aside, with the election just around the corner, insiders are adamant that this is not the time for democrats to sit back and laugh for long. As the saying on the street goes, “It’s time to get busy.”
“There’s a complacency within the Democratic base about Romney,” says Andy Spahn, Obama’s top Hollywood fund-raiser. “There’s a sense that Romney is weak and out of touch with the average American. He picked a fringe congressman as a running mate. But the fact is, this country is evenly split. This is going to be a very close race, and the time to step up is now.”
Spahn declines to say whether Eastwood’s attack on Obama has become a focus of fund-raising efforts, instead characterizing the stunt as further evidence of Republicans living in their own bubble.
“The more the American people see and hear from Romney-Ryan, the better for our fund-raising efforts,” says Spahn.
Those sentiments are echoed by Harvey Weinstein, who has been among the president’s most active East Coast fund-raisers.
“As far as I am concerned,” he tells THR, “everyone I know is supporting President Obama in a big way, and I think even bigger support is about to come as the election gets closer.’ ”
In fact, Weinstein and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of this election cycle’s biggest Democratic bundlers, both have several big-money fund-raisers in the works for the fall, including a concert series with the potential to be very lucrative.