- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2001

Missing in action
"In the months since George W. Bush became the 43rd president of the United States, Republicans in Hollywood a group that one politically incorrect wag compared in size to 'black people I have met while yachting' have not exactly come pouring out from where they've been hiding during eight years of Clinton worship.
"Eight months into the new administration, where are the photo ops with Arnold Schwarzenegger? Bruce Willis? Tom Selleck? Andy Garcia? Charlton Heston? The Republicans seem even less visible, if that's possible, than they were under Clinton. …
"In most quarters [of Hollywood], being Republican just isn't hip. 'It's like, you don't get to sit at the cool table in the cafeteria,' says conservative stalwart and writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd."
Sharon Waxman, writing on "And Then There Were None," in the September issue of Premiere

Party theory
"We entertained or went out almost every night. Gig Young, David Niven, Mia Farrow we schmoozed with all of them. …
"I've thought about this many times. I have to admit that I think the biggest killer of parties is sex. …
"What makes a party fun is flirting. I can't tell you the stories of what I've seen, this one flirting with that one, a little kiss here, a touch there. Back in the '60s you could spend a whole year flirting with someone, the anticipation building up every week. Now people have sex with each other and then decide if they want to be friends or not. …
"And the other thing that killed [the Hollywood party scene] was drugs. People started getting paranoid: they only wanted to do drugs with other people they knew. It made it so that you didn't get to meet those people that you didn't know that you ordinarily would meet at a party, people that you would find wildly interesting if you weren't so concerned about getting stoned. …
"I used to love when we had parties with showbiz people and politicians and old people and the new kids. Those parties were always the best."
Hollywood writer Dominick Dunne, interviewed by Martha Frankel in the September issue of Movieline

Cal the Great
"Calvin Coolidge, one of the three greatest presidents of the 20th century, is a hero of mine. He was the last president to truly understand the importance of doing nothing. In a press conference in 1929, he was asked what the most important achievement of his administration was. He pushed himself back from his chair. Thought deeply for a moment. And declared: 'I think it would have to be, minding our own business.'
"Coolidge meant it. 'Silent Cal' was famous for minding his own business. …
"He was a principled conservative, whose actions are well supported in the writings of such philosophers as Edmund Burke, Friedrich Hayek, and Michael Oakeshott. …
"The central insight of these timeless thinkers was a simple one: Good governments are not defined by what they do, but by what they choose not to do.
"The United States is not special or unique because of its social welfare programs, its health care, or its good roads. …
"No, Ronald Reagan referred to the United States as a shining city on a hill because America chooses to leave it up to the people to solve many of life's greatest challenges. Indeed, the importance of doing nothing is encoded in the founding documents of this nation."
Jonah Goldberg, writing on "Being and Nothingness," Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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