The New York Times
has finally picked up on that funny story I noticed last month ("George Lucas to show Marin dark side of the Force
") about how Mr. Star Wars` neighbors in Marin County, where John McCain got only 20% of the vote in 2008, won`t let Lucas build a film studio on a fraction of the eight or so square miles he owns in Marin, so he`s decided to erect "low-income housing" there instead. The problem is that Marin is so exquisitely rich, liberal, and environmentally sensitive that you can qualify as low income there while making $88,000 per year, so George probably won`t get away with erecting Hunter`s Point North as his vengeance. The development will likely wind up being restricted to, say, widowed Marin school teachers or something similarly nonvibrant.
On the other hand, George might have some domestic motivation to go all the way in trying to bring diversity to Marin. His girlfriend is Mellody Hobson
. She is president of Ariel Investments, the money management firm founded by John W. Rodgers Jr., former Princeton basketball teammate of and then employer of Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of Barack Obama, whose Administration has been giving Marin County the evil eye legally
for not being diverse enough.
This little tiff in Marin reminds me that keeping Obama`s Coalition of the Diverse together is going to be a full time job, requiring nonstop demonization of the Nondiverse as being divisive in order to distract attention from inevitable internal divisions among the Diverse.
By the way, John W. Rogers was a childhood friend of Obama`s Education Secretary Arne Duncan. A reader explains:
Okay, I think I see what`s going on: George Lucas is enabling Arne Duncan to create a network of militarized charter schools to raise a Clone Army of people dumb enough to want to watch George`s movies.
By the byway, in this photo, Spike Lee`s wife appears adorably nerdetteish. She looks as if she were genuinely thrilled to meet her childhood hero George Lucas.