Obama goes soap opera

People joke about the Washington, DC soap opera, but President Obama has brought a genuine soap opera figure into the mix. Variety reports:

Colleen Bradley Bell, producer for soap opera production company Bell-Phillip Television Prods., has been nominated as ambassador to Hungary, becoming the latest of President Obama's campaign supporters to be tapped for foreign posts.

Bell's nomination must be approved by the Senate. She raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign, according to its disclosure of campaign bundlers. According to the New York Times, the actual figure was more than $2.1 million by the fall of 2012.

She and her husband, Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer for "The Bold and the Beautiful," hosted Obama at a fund-raising event at their Holmby Hills home in February 2012.

Having someone capable of spinning glamorous fantasies advising him is nothing new, of course. But the increasing melding of Hollywood with the Democratic Party power structure is worrisome. A former HBO executive is already serving as Obama's ambassador to Spain.

Hat tip: Cliff Thier