...reveals a tangled web of incestuous relationships among Republican consultants who have made millions all while the GOP went down the tubes...
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I guess the lessons are:
1) These high-level campaign consultants rake it in.
2) When they do so and lose, it looks corrupt rather than merely pricey.
3) The Republicans like to prate about how it's wrong to resent the high salaries paid to CEOs and other elite professionals (often in return for poor performance), but as soon as they suspect the money is coming out of their pockets and the results aren't to their liking, their tune changes tout suite, no matter how many times they've insisted that the travails of American companies like Hostess are the fault of the workers wanting a secure livelihood rather than financial games and rapacious self-dealing in the corporate suites.
Damn! I lost the race
I see your point and agree with it, it is a very good analogy. But lets keep rubbing the everyday average republican's nose in this too.
HAHAHA! What do they think Fox News is?
I can suggest one way that the Republicans could have positioned themselves to win.
They could have taken Obama's offer to cut Middle Class taxes.
Even better, what they could have done then, and should do now, is to take his offer, and double it -- offer to radically cut taxes for anyone making less than $100,000 and couple those with cuts for the rich and spending cuts.
The fact that they didn't take a tax cut that was for "only" 98 percent of the people suggest that those really in charge, not the consultants, must be some subset of a subset of the 1%...the non-Gates and Buffet types who really want to keep their money, not give it away to foundations and starving kids.
Finding out who those guys are...would be...fascinating.
Ah. So, your plan is to "radically cut taxes" on 95% of all Americans, and also cut taxes (possibly not "radically" - perhaps only "bodaciously") on the wealthiest. And also to make "spending cuts".
Sorry, I mis-wrote. I meant, your "plan". Because, once you've basically slashed our tax revenue dramatically the way you want to, you might eventually get around to defining those "spending cuts" that will somehow enable us to "radically" reduce our taxation without so crippling our government that it can't do the things we want it to.
I see your "plan", and I respond with my own "plan": we make enormous savings on our healthcare expenses by realizing the enormous curative properties known to be possessed by ground unicorn horn; between this and finding the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow, we'll be able to "radically cut taxes" for everyone. I promise you, my "plan" is just as realistic as is your plan to slash taxes across the board and balance the lost revenues with unspecified "spending cuts".
News flash, Einstein: Democrats don't like imposing taxes - they just like getting Government to do the things it can be good at, and that it's uniquely well-placed to do, and are willing to see the taxes raised to pay for those things. If it were actually possible to slash everyone's taxes and pay for it with "spending cuts" that wouldn't imperil our society, Democrats would leap at the chance - because they don't love taxes. You just throw out these buzzwords, smugly not caring that the "spending cuts" you so vaguely envision can't be done except at enormous and unacceptable cost.
For fuck's sake, when you have the likes Ed Rollins, of all people, working as a top GOP consultant in 2012, how hard is it really to make this connection? It's just another indicator that your typical GOP operative has the long-term memory capacity of a 1970's era digital watch.
But you know, they'll keep going back to Rollins, Morris, Rove, et al because they're all fucking insane to begin with, and if there's one thing crazies like to do it's stick to the established game-plan, no matter how many times they lose, because, you know, eventually it HAS to win.
The consultants keep saying so, after all...
Oh, that's easy-peasy: just point to any GOP member, functionary or consultant who works above the state level.
The comments on that article seem universally reasonable and articulate. (Sorry, conservatives, for being a little surprised).