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The Quisling Consultants
The American Spectator ^ | 11.29.2012 | Jeffrey Lord

Posted on 12/02/2012 11:16:34 AM PST by Resettozero

The big deal is that when Steve Schmidt and Mike Murphy sit down on the sets of liberal television shows and bash Rush Limbaugh and what Schmidt calls "the conservative entertainment complex" -- meaning talk radio and Fox News -- they wind up sharply illustrating the GOP's real problem.

The real problem is people like Schmidt and Murphy. The real problem is the fact they and so many GOP others make their well-paid livings catering to exactly what the "conservative entertainment complex" spends all of its time fighting: the "political consultant-big government complex." Schmidt and Murphy are the political Quislings of conservatism.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012electionanalysis; gopconsultants

1 posted on 12/02/2012 11:16:36 AM PST by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

I quit watching all those shows and listening to talk radio. Even the ones with the hot ‘supposedly conservative ‘ ladies...they’re all on the take in some way or another - that goes quaduple for their damned consultants.. I’m gonna trust in myself and my family from now on and the hell with anybody else.

2 posted on 12/02/2012 11:21:55 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Resettozero; All
yhea..some villages are still missing their resident village idiot...
Chicago has got a new one
America, has just re-elected theirs
these two are looking for new homes.

3 posted on 12/02/2012 11:24:26 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth....RWR 8-)
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To: Resettozero

“The real problem is people like Schmidt and Murphy”

Amen to that.

4 posted on 12/02/2012 11:33:28 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Resettozero

Whomever is keeping the French Revolution II-Extract from power list, please put these 2 gentlemen in the top 200.

5 posted on 12/02/2012 11:37:52 AM PST by samadams2000
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To: Resettozero

Jeffrey Lord is one of my favorite writers. Anyone considering running for office or being interviewed by the media should first read this article.

6 posted on 12/02/2012 11:49:54 AM PST by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Resettozero

The Quisling consultants are only a problem because of the Quisling candidates who hire them.

7 posted on 12/02/2012 11:50:17 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Not so "commanding", not so "inevitable".)
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To: Resettozero

For perspecive of others:


Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling was a Norwegian politician and officer, commonly known as one of World War II’s most infamous traitors. He held the office of Minister President of Norway from February 1, 1942, to the end of World War II, while the elected social democratic cabinet of Johan Nygaardsvold was exiled in London. Quisling was tried for high treason and executed by firing squad after the war.

The term “quisling” has become a synonym in many European languages, including English, for traitor.

8 posted on 12/02/2012 11:59:14 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil


9 posted on 12/02/2012 12:02:03 PM PST by Resettozero
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To: Psalm 144

That’s what several comments said over at The Spectator. We have no leadership with the brains, the courgae and the moral sense of right and wrong tpo chuck out Wormtongue and Gollum up there at the top of the GOP-e.

So I guess they are going to be allowed to keep on crawling and sliming and robbing us blind for their faaabulous lifestyles.

10 posted on 12/02/2012 12:10:22 PM PST by squarebarb ( Fairy tales are basically true.)
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To: Parley Baer
“The real problem is people like Schmidt and Murphy”

Every FReeper should ask themselves, "Do I more often agree with Steve Schmidt or do I agree with Rush Limbaugh?"

Personally, I can't ever recall agreeing with Steve Schmidt...on anything.

11 posted on 12/02/2012 12:26:57 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Resettozero

“If you understand yourself and you understand your opponents, in one hundred battles, you will not be defeated.”

We just were defeated in an election. Mitt Romney paid these guys $30 million and they don’t understand us or our opponents. Money down a rat hole.

12 posted on 12/02/2012 12:41:11 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Resettozero

Consultants — Vivisection Has Its Place

Posted on December 02 2012 - 12:31 PM - Posted by:

Considering the treatment that Republican consultant Stephen Schmidt and his minions gave Sarah Palin during and after the 2008 campaign, it is a safe bet that few followers of C4P are Schmidt fans.

So all should enjoy Jeffrey Lord’s American Spectator piece on The Quisling Consultants. Everyone should read the whole thing, but here are a couple of samples:

The real problem the Republican Party faces is the rise of a political consulting class that feeds off the beast that is the federal Leviathan.


What Mr. Schmidt does — and by no means is he alone — is depend on the growth of government to so entangle the private sector that it needs people like Steve Schmidt to simply stay alive. So when it comes to candidates — or talk radio hosts or the Tea Party or anybody that wants to take an axe to the insatiable beast that demands your tax dollars — Schmidt and company will use their Establishment podiums to go after them.


They have long ago turned their backs on conservative principle and are aiding and abetting the behemoth that is literally bleeding America financially dry. …The real problem for the Republican Party isn’t Rush Limbaugh and the “conservative entertainment complex.” It isn’t the Tea Party. It isn’t you. . . The real problem is the Quisling Consultants.

I will add a consultant story that I heard recently from a friend who was involved in a state campaign a couple of years ago. The political consultants running the campaign had a sideline  — they owned the company that bought the media. So this company collected a 15% commission on all buys. The result was an emphasis on big buys in big markets so that the the commission could be earned with minimum effort, even though that was not where the effort was needed. My friend’s candidate lost.

Apparently, this double role of political consultant and media placement firm is common (though I do not know if it applies to Schmidt). If you fast forward to 2012, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on media buys to support Republicans, obviously to inadequate effect. The Obama campaign was working at a different level, and much more successfully, with social media, specialized sites, community storefront operations, and other targeted operations.

It would be interesting to autopsy the exact relationships during the 2012 campaign so as to understand where the consultants’ true interest lay. Erick Ericson at Red State had a good piece on this:

The fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza [in Washington] reveals a tangled web of incestuous relationships among Republican consultants who have made millions all while the GOP went down the tubes. Here the top party consultants waged war with conservative activists and here they waged war with the Democrats. On both fronts, they raked in millions along the way with a more fractured, minority party in their wake. And they show no signs of recognizing just how much a part of the problem they are.

It is not surprising that the consultants are among those bemoaning the idea of a circular firing squad (though of course they are busy shooting the Tea Partiers in the back at every opportunity), and urging that we all get along in the interests of some vague future improvement.

This effort at phony harmony seems misplaced. Honest autopsies are the only way to improve. In particular the donors who supported the conservative effort in the election need to know whether and how much they got snookered for the sake of commissions on media buys and other consulting fees. If the autopsies turn into a bit of vivisection of consultants, so be it.

13 posted on 12/02/2012 12:43:53 PM PST by Bratch
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To: blueunicorn6

“We just were defeated in an election. Mitt Romney paid these guys $30 million and they don’t understand us or our opponents. Money down a rat hole.”

So what is with this claiming that “Mit Romney was/is a great business”? Sounds like he is even dumber than Obummer!

14 posted on 12/02/2012 12:45:45 PM PST by texican01
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To: samadams2000

Have you signed up for your shift on the all-night machine gun pits at RFK stadium?

15 posted on 12/02/2012 12:46:15 PM PST by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: Gaffer
Even the ones with the hot ‘supposedly conservative ‘ ladies.

Oh, please do tell, the skinny one who needs a good steak diner who lives in West Palm, or is it the one who sits in for the egotist @ 8:00pm EST who wears the big cross?

16 posted on 12/02/2012 12:49:49 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: taildragger

Yeah, right. I’ve given up on those two as well. There’s no one like Rush, but he wouldn’t touch the BC issue, so I don’t tune in as often as I used to. He’s got his, why should he care. He’s gonna be fine even if he has to move to New Zealand.

17 posted on 12/02/2012 1:34:22 PM PST by JohnnyP
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To: Resettozero

Thank you Jeffrey Lord.

18 posted on 12/02/2012 3:53:59 PM PST by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: Resettozero

I recall Schmidt’s shabby treatment of Sarah..don’t know that I’ve ever heard of Murphy. We are better off without them. Sick up to here with these so-called beltway insiders and their advisory minions. Rush, Levin, Steyn are who I listen to on radio. Bennett in the morning on the a.m. Drive to work. He does have good guests on that show...but I don’t always see eye to eye with him on many things.

19 posted on 12/02/2012 4:40:20 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Excellence

Yes, one of mine, too. He doesn’t write often enough for me...or maybe I’m looking in the wrong places.

20 posted on 12/02/2012 5:01:48 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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