Archive for the ‘Politico’ Category

Fear-Mongering for Fun and Profit

March 20, 2010

Fear-Mongering for Fun and Profit 

The Republican National Committee is planning to raise money from the little guy by scaring the bejesus out of him. The more fear, the more funds for the GOP in the next election cycle. Politico‘s Ben Smith got the Powerpoint RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart pitched to top GOP fundraisers in February. Ugly stuff.

“Exclusive: RNC document mocks donors, plays on ‘fear,'” Ben Smith, Politico.

“GOP: Nothing To Sell But Fear Itself,” Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone.

 

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New Job for Bush

February 25, 2009

New Job for Bush

You may be out of work, but George W. Bush has a new job. The former president is using his legendary oratorical skills to forge a new career, Mike Allen reported in Politico. After hearing the news, David Letterman’s writers required oxygen.

Mr. Bush is booked to give ten speeches this year in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau. The agency’s motto: “Inspiration from the World’s Greatest Minds.” Really.

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Republicans Play Dress-Up with Sarah

October 21, 2008

Republicans Play Dress-Up with Sarah

Jeanne Cummings of Politico reports that Sarah Palin’s signature wardrobe has apparently been purchased by the Republican National Committee. The bill for late August and September: $150,000.

The RNC’s September statement of expenses includes a $75,062.63 Palin shopping spree at Neiman Marcus and a $4,716.49 bill for hair and makeup.

So much for Mrs. Populist Hockey Mom.

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Nader 1, Post 0

October 1, 2008

Nader 1, Post 0

In case you missed it, here’s a season highlight from Politico‘s Alexander Burns:

[Ralph] Nader recounted a recent meeting with editors at The Washington Post, who he said told him the paper wasn’t covering his campaign because he had no chance of winning. According to Nader, he replied: “Then why are you covering the Nationals?” a reference to Washington’s long-suffering baseball team.

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Thanks to XMsportsradio

Candid Peggy Noonan on Sarah Palin

September 3, 2008

Peggy Noonan on Sarah Palin

Peggy Noonan, columnist for the Wall Street Journal and former Reagan speechwriter, has learned the 21st century lesson: all microphones are hot; the camera is always on; there are no closed door meetings; there is no “backstage.”

After some live political commentary with Chuck Todd on NBC, Ms. Noonan discussed Republican Vice Presidential hopeful Governor Sarah Palin with Republican consultant Mike Murphy and another “mic” — the studio microphone, which was still live. It can be heard in the background of this video (after about 30 seconds; contains unladylike language):

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D.C. Dems: Wide-Open, Down to the Wire!

February 4, 2008

D.C. Dems -- Wide Open, Down to the Wire!

It’s anybody’s contest: The Great D.C. T-Shirt Race. It’s been in Wonkette and Politico but I guess no candidate wants the publicity – and my neighbor’s vote.

Back in October 2007, my neighbor, a registered Democrat, couldn’t decide who to vote for, and decided he would vote for the first candidate who gave him a T-shirt. I was puzzled — I disapprove of “legible clothing” myself — but given the dearth of information that escapes from the media spin machine, it’s probably as good a way of choosing a candidate as any other.

Here it it February 4th, the DC Democratic Primary is February 12th, and no T-shirt.

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Dems Don’t Give A Shirt For DC?

November 7, 2007

Dems Don’t Give A Shirt For DC?

All the Democratic Presidential candidates have blown off Washington, DC.

They’re spending millions in Iowa and New Hampshire but they won’t mail in a T-shirt for a sure vote in the DC Democratic primary.

They read about it here, in Politico, and Wonkette, but nooo, it’s only DC, fugetaboudit.

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Boo! Dems Scared of DC?

October 29, 2007

Trick-or-Treat? No trick. 1 T-shirt, 1 vote.

This is Day Five of the Great Democratic Primary T-Shirt Race and still no winner.

The rules are simple:

My neighbor’s D.C. Primary Election vote will go to the first official, currently declared Democratic Party Presidential Candidate (no write-ins) whose T-shirt (size XL) is received at:

NotionsCapital.com
P.O. Box 15346
Washington, DC 20003

Late T-shirts go in the rag bag and will not be returned; wrong sizes don’t count.

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Great DC Democratic T-Shirt Race – Day 2

October 25, 2007

Um, candidates . . . we got a primary here. Hello? Hello? 

My neighbor, a registered Democrat, decided to test the Democratic presidential candidates. In the upcoming DC Democratic Presidential Primary election, he will vote for the first candidate to send him a T-shirt, size XL.

I was shocked by this since collared shirts look much better, but freedom of sartorial choice makes this country great so I hurled his challenge into the blogosphere.

Shock number two: despite the influential readership of this weblog and coverage of the Great T-Shirt Race in Politico and Wonkette, the P.O. Box is not stuffed with cotton or even cotton-polyester fabric. Not one single T-shirt after two days.

Marc Fisher’s column and blog discuss how the DC region is ignored by presidential candidates.  Here’s more proof.  

Candidates: if you actually have DC campaigns, they don’t believe in you enough to risk a T-shirt.

Again, the rules:

My neighbor’s D.C. Primary Election vote will go to the first official, currently declared Democratic Party Presidential Candidate (no write-ins) whose T-shirt (size XL) is received at:

NotionsCapital.com
P.O. Box 15346
Washington, DC 20003

Late T-shirts go in the rag bag and will not be returned; wrong sizes don’t count.

DC campaigns: win the T-shirt race; get a vote in the primary race. Unless you really don’t care.

 

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