By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
Last month, the cast of the 1987 Rob Reiner classic, The Princess Bride helped raise $4.2 million for the state Democratic Party when they gathered for a live, virtual table read of that script. Wisconsin is a battleground state that Democrats need to win in order to beat Donald Trump and flip congressional seats in the November Primary and it’s going to take money to do so.
But even more important than Wisconsin, according to political site FiveThirtyEight, is Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania looks like the single most important state of the 2020 election,” the site’s Nathaniel Rakich wrote last month.
Now, in an effort to raise money here, Reiner is coming back to the table, this time with the stars of the 1984 cult-classic This is Spinal Tap on Oct. 14, 2020. For a donation of any amount to PADems, you can get access to the livestream panel featuring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and director Rob Reiner and moderated by actor/comedian Patton Oswalt.
Announcing today: “This Is Spinal Tap” cast is reuniting to benefit the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania. Join me, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean on Oct.14 for a virtual reunion and help @PADems #TakeItToEleven https://t.co/Fw1FuzA89J
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 2, 2020
“When we created Spinal Tap all those years ago, we never could imagine a president as clueless as the characters we were playing! Yet, here we are,” Reiner wrote in a fundraising email sent to state Democrats. “Donald Trump has been a stain on this nation for four long years — fueling hate, corrupting democracy, and lying with virtually every breath. He absolutely needs to go, and we absolutely need Pennsylvania to make that happen.”
A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed Democrat Joe Biden leading Trump by a 54-41 percent lead over Trump. However, if Dems learned nothing from 2016, it’s that you can’t pump the brakes regardless of what the polls show. It’s important to keep the electorate engaged.
“Democratic enthusiasm in Pennsylvania is already turned up to eleven — we’re the Keystone State and the key to winning this election,” PADems Executive Director Jason Henry said in an emailed statement to the Current. “We’re excited to partner with the Spinal Tap team to bring even more energy to power Democratic wins from the State House to the White House.”