In an unprecedented political move, Sen. Alan Cranston begins a media blitz today, the day after the primary to select his GOP opponent. New commercials for Cranston--ads that a campaign insider said "don't ignore his opponent"--were put together Monday at a Hollywood studio under the watchful eye of words-and-media whiz Bob Shrum. The ads were created to cover any contingency--i.e., no matter who won the GOP primary, there would be an ad addressing him or her. The buy is "very substantial," which means that the inveterate jogger Cranston will be running a lot this week in more ways than one. Such an ad blitz has the distinct advantage of setting the stage for the upcoming campaign. And this, just a short five months before the general election.
BOOK REVIEW--Nobody was reading it, just holding it or having Michelle Phillips sign it. But the tea at Trumps that her buddy Sandra Moss gave for the Mama-turned-author Sunday turned out folks like the pregnant Bette Midler, complete with horned-rimmed glasses and her cuddly husband, Martin von Haselberg, a performance artist and photographer. But Midler wasn't interested in reading "California Dreamin'--The Story of the Mamas and Papas." No, she had eyes only for the array of antique watches on the arm of art maven Joan Quinn. "Can I buy one from you? Are you a dealer?" Midler asked, then quickly grabbed Quinn's other arm, which had two large antique bracelets. "Are these faux ?" she asked, then her husband interjected, "That was a faux pas." Very clever repartee for so early in the afternoon. Phillips' dad was there, "always excited about my daughter's success. But you should see the other one. She's the pretty one." Of course, of course. Among the chatters were Audrey Wilder, Louis Jourdan, Tina Sinatra, Coastal Commissioner Mark Nathanson, agent Irving Lazar and Yuki, who does Phillips' hair.