President Obama is challenging the notion of an "enthusiasm gap" this evening at the kickoff of the DNC's Gen 44 event --- but it also was before a crowd that came to be enthused.
Among Democratic donors and progressives, there's a lot of worry over young turnout on Election Day, even among those in the entertainment industry who so enthusiastically backed his candidacy in 2008. Although industry donors have been showering candidates with money, the level of energy going into get-out-the-vote efforts or leading rallies hasn't come close to matching 2008 or 2006. On Wednesday, at Heather Thomas' LA Cafe, a monthly gathering of activists, she tasked those gathered to each reach out and volunteer to one of seven get-out-the-vote college orgs, and to get five more people to volunteer themselves to these groups. to five college-age students who could in turn get-out-the-vote.
But that is about to change. Among those slated to appear at this weekend's One Nation Working Together march in Washington will be Danny Glover, Paul Rodriguez and Harry Belafonte. The nonpartisan Rock the Vote will soon launch a Get Out the Vote effort called "Vote Fearlessly, in which Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, Kate Walsh and others taped spots at Jesse Dylan's Free Form Studio in LA.
The big fear is not just losing Congress --- but also giving Pat Boone a great sense of satisfaction for turning out the Tea Party.
Obama tells Jann Wenner, "Here's what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you'd expect he would be. He wouldn't come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn't want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn't show up to that. He came in and played "The Times They Are A-Changin'." A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I'm sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That's how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat."
Salahis Threaten to Sue: They are not --- repeat, are not --- "party crashers."
Rosie Speaks Out: Rosie Perez, in a spot for FightbackNY, is taking aim at New York State Sen. Ruben Diaz for his vote against same-sex marriage.
Another Viewpoint: With immigration reform at the forefront of so many midterm races --- as well as a certain controversy involving a California gubernatorial candidate --- Roy Germano is releasing his movie "The Other Side of Immigration" on digital on Oct. 5 and DVD later in the month. The pic is being released by Conor Oberst and his Team Love Records and won the Founders Award at the first Politics in Film festival in DC.
Weekend Itinerary: On Saturday, progressive activists head to the National Mall for the One Nation Working Together rally...Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown meet for their second debate at Cal State University Fresno...Nancy Pelosi is at the Bel Air home of Roz Wyman for a "Last Call to Hold the House" fund-raiser...Howard and Cami Gordon host an event for Kirsten Gillibrand, with cohosts including Paris Barclay, Jennifer Garner, Chris Silbermann and JJ Abrams
On Sunday, Gavin Newsom and Rick Jacobs will raise money for the Courage Campaign's get-out-the-vote efforts at the Santa Monica home of Karen and Lindsay Gardner...UCLA Film and Television Archive hosts a screening of Jeff Reichert's "Gerrymandering" doc, followed by a Q&A moderated by Kitty Felde and including Reichert and former Gov. Gray Davis.