Skip to comments.At 0-7, Kerry advisor Bob Shrum is well-acquainted with the concession speech
Posted on 09/11/2004 7:32:18 PM PDT by Thrusher
Democratic adviser is a loss leader
At 0-7, Bob Shrum is well-acquainted with the concession speech
Each day at the Democratic convention in Boston, a team of 10 speechwriters would convene in a windowless office behind the Fleet Center podium to help compose and polish that night's speeches. In the spirit of camaraderie, the speechwriters discussed making T-shirts for themselves.
One suggested a design featuring the slogan "Reverse the Curse" over a picture of Bob Shrum, the Democratic strategist whom many perceived to be presidential candidate John Kerry's closest adviser. "The Curse" referred to Shrum's career-long slump in presidential campaigns, a well-catalogued losing streak that runs from George McGovern to Al Gore.
The shirts were never made for fear of offending Shrum. But the slogan endures as a joke among Kerry staffers. The implication is that Kerry is battling not just President Bush, but also the history of his ever-present aide-de-camp. It also underscores the degree to which Shrum's 0-7 win-loss record in presidential elections has become ensconced in the psyches of the campaigns he orchestrates.
Talk of the Curse becomes rampant when Shrum's candidates sputter. And Kerry is sputtering, down nine points in a new Washington Post poll after leading Bush for much of the summer. His campaign has been called listless and unfocused, words that were also applied to Shrum's last presidential enterprise, the Gore campaign (a forbidden comparison within Kerry headquarters).
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0 - 7 may mean that the guy has bad luck. On the other hand, it probably means that the the guy sucks as an advisor.
0 & 7 doesn't mean he 'due', it just means he sucks!
Same thing with Sasso. These guys are losers in the truest sense.
If I was Shrum I would have gone to work for Obama in IL.
I'm not terribly surprised. Shrum is an old-school class warfare kind of guy, and that has not played well for thirty years.
Or it could mean that he has really suckie candidates.
perhaps this is the best kerry can do. The rats may be fleeing the USS Kerry.
anyone know the link to the thread with the cartoon of learning to surrender like the french?