Beltway bash: Hollywood, politics collide

 

Political strategist Donna Brazile continued to urge Hillary Clinton to run for president on the eve of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee told ABC that Clinton would eventually be called “madam president."

“There is no question that she has all the ingredients it takes to become a successful president, she just has to decide to run,” Brazile said at a party Friday evening hosted by Netflix and Google. “If she wants my support, she knows she can get it.”

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Brazile was not the only one showing support, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) complimented Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in front of political television series “House of Cards” stars.

“Harry Reid is awesome. He’s a master at work and he is on the level,” Pelosi said. “I don’t think Underwood is on the level, [although] I love Kevin Spacey.”

Spacey, who plays President Frank Underwood on “House of Cards,” was not there to hear Pelosi’s comment, but Michael Gill, or Underwood’s predecessor Garrett Walker, joined the party. Two other “presidents,” Tony Goldwyn who plays President Fitz Grant on “Scandal” and Kid President Robby Novak also attended. Two “first ladies,” Bellamy Young (Mellie Grant on “Scandal”) and Robin Wright (Claire Underwood on “House of Cards”) walked the red carpet as well.

One thing the real politicians and television politicians shared was excitement for Saturday's Correspondents’ dinner. Having missed the last two dinners, Brazile said she looks forward to going back and seeing what she predicted to be one of President Obama’s best performances, but she would not share further information.

“All I can tell you is that I think the president’s approval ratings will double within two weeks after tomorrow,” Brazile said.

 

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