If there's anything that shows how much actor Ron Silver was a part of Washington, it's this headline over at U.S. News and World Report: "AIG Bonuses Make Obama, Geithner, and Blogosphere Angry, Plus Remembering Ron Silver."

But he wasn't just another activist actor. The co-founder of the Creative Coalition was a longtime Democrat until 9/11 transformed Silver into a political animal not uncommon in Hollywood: the libertarianesqe independent who is liberal on social issues and hawkish on defense and national security. He spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention and said he lost some work as a result of his political shift.

In the name of bipartisanship, though, it's a testament to Silver that two of the many remembrances written after his death have been by Hollywood liberal Alec Baldwin and Hollywood conservative Roger L. Simon (Oscar-nominated writer who penned the Silver vehicle "Enemies: A Love Story").