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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-11 03:32 PM
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Before Rick Perrys campaign was a campaign way back, you know, three months ago, when the governor was busy telling everyone that he wasnt going to run for national office talk of Super PACs and the Citizens United case was all about how easy it would be for corporations to donate money to campaigns.

Now its clear they dont need the campaigns at all.
Its a dream for the sort of person who likes being a political worker but hates the candidates. And the dream is coming true. It will soon be possible to run a campaign without dealing with candidates or their spouses and families. Maybe not this cycle, but soon.

The dreamy part has to do with consultants going to work at 9 a.m. and getting out by 5 p.m. to go home and coach soccer like parents who arent in politics. No more banquets of pizza and Red Bull. No debate prep. No trips to those early primary states that are smaller than Texas counties. No white papers on boring issues. Fewer calls from the ankle-biters in the news media. None of the real or manufactured drama of a political campaign...cont'd

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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 10:09 AM
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1. Mike Toomey and Dave Carney are two of the slimiest consultants ever
Look at Make Us Great Again. Started by Mike Toomey, an Austin lobbyist, and G. Brint Ryan, a Dallas tax consultant and donor to Mr. Perry, it has a $55 million target budget, a stated goal of promoting Mr. Perrys candidacy and an interesting initial message for donors: dont give to the other Perry PACs, because were the genuine item.

Whats a donor to think? Mr. Toomey and Mr. Perry have been running in parallel since they were both State House members back in 1985. Mr. Toomey took a couple of years off from his lobby business to be Mr. Perrys chief of staff. He did the legal work on a land sale for the governor. He owns an island in New Hampshire with David Carney, the governors top political adviser.

He says emphatically that hes not talking to the campaign or anyone in it, and theres no evidence to the contrary. But who needs to talk? Mr. Toomey knows the governor personally and politically, knows his policies, knows what will help and what will hurt. Hes got no reason to phone home.

And hes got a great reason not to phone home, aside from the legal one: Mr. Perry and Mr. Carney and everyone else in the bunker can disavow whatever Make Us Great Again does. Every campaign has a moment when it goes too far, or walks something right up to the edge of propriety. Take two weeks ago, when Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, followed his introduction of the governor at the Values Voter Summit in Washington by telling reporters that he considered the Mormon Church to be a cult and didnt think Mitt Romney was a Christian.

They make me sick. They should make all Americans sick. They are the new form of "money changers" mentioned in the bible that Jesus hated, so all good Christians should hate them too.
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