Very bad news for Rob Reiner. The LAWeekly’s Bill Bradley is on the case, and unlike the Times’ reporter I interviewed yesterday, Bradley has the scent –he’s confirmed what I told the unbelieving Dan Morain from the Los Angeles Times’ yesterday: Reiner stays in his job as head of the free-spending First Five Commission only as long as Arnold wants Reiner there. And Arnold should want Reiner gone, yesterday. Writes Bradley:
This is a tough spot for Schwarzenegger personally. It’s a Hollywood thing. You may have noticed that celebrities generally like other celebrities, at least publicly. And Reiner, an Oscar nominee and son of Carl Reiner, is second generation Hollywood aristocracy. In this case, notwithstanding their partisan differences, Reiner and Schwarzenegger have supported each other’s causes, though the governor is neutral on Reiner’s current initiative, which is garnering some support from local chambers of commerce. Reiner himself was a surprise private guest at the Arnold Inaugural in November 2003.
Not so tough, really, if you want to be re-elected.