Kudos to Rob Reiner for not retreating into seclusion but instead meeting with the press club in Sacramento today re the brouhaha behind his handling of that California preschool ballot initiative. Reiner rightly tells the Los Angeles Times he “worries, tremendously, that the controversy surrounding him will set back his goal to offer free preschool for all California schoolchildren.” But there’s something even more troubling about it: will the beating given Reiner right now scare off actor activists, in particular Democrats, from ever running for political office? Here’s a past column, United They Sit, I wrote on that subject, exploring why liberal Hollywood talent don’t become Democratic candidates (but Schwarzenegger, Reagan, Eastwood, Bono, Murphy etc. did for the Republican party). Still applicable.