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  • Dem Strategist: ‘Cannot Imagine Horror That Could’ve Occurred’ if Charlston Churchgoers Were Armed

    06/20/2015 6:50:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 06/20/2015 | Jason Howerton
    Longtime Democratic strategist Bob Shrum said on MSNBC Friday that he “cannot imagine the horror that could’ve unfolded” if churchgoers were armed during the recent massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine people were slaughtered on Wednesday night after suspected gunman Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire in the historically black church. Only three people survived, including a grandmother who played dead and laid on top of her granddaughter to protect her. Roof reportedly had time to reload his gun several times. “I cannot imagine the horror that could’ve occurred if people were sitting around with concealed weapons, this thing started and...
  • Dem Strategist:‘I Cannot Imagine the Horror That Could’ve Occurred’ if Churchgoers Were Armed(Trunc)

    06/19/2015 7:08:57 PM PDT · by South40 · 106 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 19 JUNE 2015 | Jason Howerton
    FULL TITLE: Dem Strategist: ‘I Cannot Imagine the Horror That Could’ve Occurred’ if Churchgoers Were Armed During Charleston Massacre Longtime Democratic strategist Bob Shrum said on MSNBC Friday that he “cannot imagine the horror that could’ve unfolded” if churchgoers were armed during the recent massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. ((snip)) “I cannot imagine the horror that could’ve occurred if people were sitting around with concealed weapons, this thing started and you had a full-scale gunfight,” Shrum said Friday. “You might not even have three survivors.”
  • Kerry, Gore adviser to air views in book (0-8 Bob Shrum)

    11/17/2005 12:04:12 PM PST · by NewMediaFan · 21 replies · 855+ views
    CNN ^ | 11 16 05 | Mark Preston
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After spending more than 30 years consulting for Democratic candidates, campaign operative Robert Shrum is using his pen to advance his own, liberal views. "The book is about what I have seen the direction of progressive politics take, what happens to it and where I think it ought to go," Shrum told CNN in an interview. The veteran political operative was coy about what else he would say in his book, and Washington insiders were aflutter Wednesday about whether it would include sharp critiques of his clients and colleagues from past campaigns -- particularly the failed presidential...
  • Damnable

    10/06/2012 5:43:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 3, 2012 | Jay Nordlinger
    Concerning Obama’s Hampton University speech, just one observation. I don’t care so much about the down-home accent and style. Lots of people slip into different skins, for different purposes. It isn’t necessarily hypocritical or wrong. (That said, I’m not eager to hear Hillary Clinton’s “black voice” again. Will we be treated to it when she runs in 2016?)What is damnable about Obama’s Hampton speech is this: It perpetrates a racial lie. It furthers racial grievance and alienation. It hardens division in our society. It increases bitterness and mistrust.The charge that President Bush and Republicans generally were indifferent to black...
  • In defense of Jon Corzine (LOL Read the comments)

    11/18/2011 4:39:52 PM PST · by no gnu taxes · 15 replies · 1+ views
    theweek ^ | Bob Schrum
    Friendship has its claims; so does fairness. And in the wake of the bankruptcy of brokerage firm MF Global, the media's portrayal of Jon Corzine, MF's ex-CEO and a former Democratic senator and governor in New Jersey, strikes me as profoundly unfair — and not just because he's a friend.
  • Shrum's Paula Jones Memory Loss: If Cain Didn't Do Anything, 'Why In The World Did They Pay?'

    10/31/2011 5:53:47 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Be kind to Bob Shrum. Perhaps the 68-year old is suffering from the not-so-early-onset of some dread memory-loss syndrome. How else to explain his suggestion on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show this evening that the National Restaurant Association's settlement for a relatively modest sum, in today's litigious world, proves that Herman Cain must have done something wrong? Does the failed presidential campaign consultant's support of Bill Clinton, despite his much larger, $850,000 settlement with Paula Jones while "adamantly denying" her claims, fire any synapses in Shrum's cerebrum? View the video here.
  • Andrew Cuomo 2016 speculation heating up

    06/26/2011 7:35:17 AM PDT · by freespirited · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/26/11
    Of the early potential Democratic contenders, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he supports gay marriage but stopped short of making a major push for the legislation earlier in the year, while Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is opposed. Hillary Clinton, if she runs, would still have her commitment to civil unions but not gay marriage from the 2008 race hanging over her — and at least until the end of next year, when she’s said she’ll be done at the State Department, she won’t be able to make any new comments on the issue. “It gives him an authenticity and a...
  • Clarice's Pieces: Some Things about Politics I Don't Understand

    12/05/2010 2:42:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    I have lived in Washington for over forty years. Between us, my husband and I have worked for the federal government, in private practice, in the House, in the Senate, and for nonprofits. In those years, we've learned a fair amount about the workings of this city. But there are some things I never will understand. The first of these is the utility of relying on political consultants. I am sure there must be some good ones, but I seem never to have met them. The ones I have met seem to be largely glad-handlers, purveyors of conventional pieties,...
  • Republicans serve the devil his Tea (born loser Bob Schrum has it backwards)

    09/17/2010 12:12:58 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 8 replies
    The Week ^ | September 17, 2010 | Bob Shrum
    If elections have consequences, so do strategies of opportunism that hitch a ride on popular paranoia. From the day this president was inaugurated, the GOP has fed off the forces that coalesced into the angry astringency of the Tea Party movement. First the GOP maintained lockstep opposition to the stimulus, despite support from Republican economists. Republicans then proliferated lies about health reform — from the chimera of rationing to the nonexistent death panels. They next stoked the fires by pretending that the legislation to crack down on Wall Street was instead a giveaway to Wall Street. Shrunken and narrowed, the...

    05/26/2010 3:33:41 PM PDT · by Syncro · 39 replies · 1,444+ views
    Ann Coulter.Com ^ | May 26, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS: COCKFIGHTING AND SAME-SEX PROMSMay 26, 2010 Watching TV this week, at first I thought Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul had flown a commercial jet into the World Trade Center. But then it turned out that he had only said there ought to be discussion about whether federal civil rights laws should be applied to private businesses. This allowed the mainstream media to accuse Paul of being a racist. Twisting a conservative's words in order to accuse him of racism was evidently more urgent news than the fact that the attorney general of the United States admitted last...
  • Neal Boortz Unloads on Bob Shrum For Calling Sarah Palin a "Merchant of Hate" After Speech (Video)

    02/06/2010 8:07:35 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 26 replies · 1,664+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 2/6/10 | HAP
    Boortz: "Where do you people come up with that nonsense? There you go, and with that Shrum, you lost every ounce of credibility you have this evening, you might as well take off your microphone and go home right now"
  • Scarborough Seriously Not Sure He's Still A Republican

    01/18/2010 5:59:29 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies · 2,052+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough has expressed serious doubts as to his Republican affiliation, and made clear that House GOP whip Eric Cantor "is not my friend." But caution to those who assume Joe has gone left: he has clarified to this NewsBuster that his critique of the GOP comes from the right . . . Scarborough's stunning comments came on today's Morning Joe in response to Dem Bob Shrum's taunting of Joe over his ostensible GOP membership, in the context of Pres. Obama's attempt to rescue Martha Coakley from the rubble of her campaign. View video here.
  • Bob Shrum Says Obama Has "Restored America's Respect in the World" - Video

    12/29/2009 6:08:43 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 37 replies · 983+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 29, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of Democratic strategist Bob Shrum praising Obama's "achievements." (Video)Shrum said that "we're going to look back on this year as the historic first year of a Presidency that changes the direction of the country" and said the passing of the "economic stimulus package" and "health care bill" will be "historic change" and is an "amazing set of achievements." Shrum said that Obama has "restored America's respect in the world."
  • Young Hamlet’s Agony [Krauthammer]

    10/10/2009 10:30:07 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 957+ views
    National Review ^ | October 10th 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    October 9, 2009 Young Hamlet’s Agony Will he listen to Emanuel and Biden or Petraeus and McChrystal? Charles Krauthammer. The genius of democracy is the rotation of power, which forces the opposition to be serious — particularly about things like war, about which until January 20 of this year Democrats were decidedly unserious. When the Iraq War (which a majority of Senate Democrats voted for) ran into trouble and casualties began to mount, Democrats followed the shifting winds of public opinion and turned decidedly anti-war. But needing political cover because of their post-Vietnam reputation for weakness on national defense, they...
  • Schumer, Shrum Scoff At Sarah

    07/12/2009 9:39:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies · 1,633+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If there’s one thing likely to rally Republicans around Sarah Palin, even those who might harbor qualms about her, it’s to see her literally laughed at and mocked by the likes of Charles Schumer and Bob Shrum. On Today’s Meet The Press, the senior senator from New York and the former Dem campaign adviser did just that. Schumer went first, literally laughing out loud [see screencap] when host David Gregory asked him if Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican party. Then it was Shrum’s turn. View video here.
  • Stung By Loser Label, Shrum Attacks Nicole Wallace As Pathetic, Foolhardy

    05/21/2009 5:34:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 1,034+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Next time you’re debating Bob Shrum and want to lure him into making ugly and over-the-top attacks, just remind the audience of his unblemished 0-8 record of having lost every presidential race on which he’s worked . . . This morning’s Today offered a prime example of the phenomenon. Nicolle Wallace, former Communications Director to Pres. George W. Bush, made passing reference to Shrum’s failed work on behalf of John Kerry in 2004. A clearly stung Shrum responded by referring to her as “pathetic” and accusing her of possible “foolhardiness.” For good measure, Shrum called Wallace’s claim that Dems are...
  • Shrum on Kudlow: Conservatives will not repeat the 1994 experience; they are in BIG trouble.

    04/15/2009 4:51:28 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 97 replies · 3,472+ views
    Vanity | April 15, 2009 | Vanity
    Just a moment ago, Bob Shrum proclaimed that the tea parties are not "protests", but "squeaks". He further stated that anti-tax sentiment may be there in certain segments, it is nowhere near a majority, and has waned over the years. He said 10 years ago, anti-tax protests were far more momentous (think of it like an oil field; a strong opening, but a gradual depletion over time). Shrum also said the GOP was in "deep trouble" and would not repeat 1994. He cited demographics and the shrinking Republican party. He said there will always be conservatives who are anti-tax, but...
  • The Republican Ruins (Congenital loser Bob Shrum's take)

    04/14/2009 6:21:06 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 28 replies · 773+ views
    The Week ^ | April 14, 2009 | Bob Shrum
    Having rendered themselves irrelevant on every major issue, Republicans consoled themselves last week with a delusional round robin. First, the Drudge Report, linking to a Pew Poll, featured a headline denying what most of us observe in the real world: “President Polarize: Poll Shows Historic Divide…Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era.” Perhaps demonstrating that Drudge, not Limbaugh, is the maestro of the GOP chorus, the point was quickly picked up by Karl Rove on the house network, Fox News. Then the Washington Post’s Michael Gerson, one of the few Bush aides to emerge from that administration...
  • Caroline Appointment: Mitchell Mimics Maureen in Mocking Al D'Amato

    01/07/2009 12:30:50 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies · 801+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Caroline Appointment: Mitchell Mimics Maureen in Mocking Al D'Amato By Mark Finkelstein | January 7, 2009 - 15:19 Does Maureen Dowd moonlight at MSNBC as Andrea Mitchell's [file photo] writer? Here's how for, purposes of defending Caroline Kennedy in her NYT column today, Dowd mocked former New York Republican Senator Al D'Amato [emphasis added]: [B]elieve me, she talks a whole lot better than the former junior senator from New York, Al D’Amato, who once wailed that he was “up to my earballs” in some mess, and another time complained to me that those “little Jappies” bring over boats full of...
  • Shrum: Racist To Say Obama's Never Done a Hard Thing

    10/28/2008 3:25:09 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies · 904+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Bob Shrum has made an addition to the ever-growing list of things you can't utter about Obama, because it's racist: don't you dare say Obama's never done anything hard. The veteran Dem strategist issued his diktat while debating Ed Rogers, former aide to Pres. Bush 41, on today's Hardball. Shrum seized on and distorted Rogers' statement, manifestly made in the politcal sense, that Obama had "never done one hard thing," to play the race card. View video here.
  • Bob (Eddie Mush) Shrum Answers Painful Question

    08/25/2008 4:14:41 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies · 161+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 24, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    It's hard to dislike political consultant Bob Shrum. Because of the Shrum Curse, he is exactly 0 for 8 in getting the presidential candidates he worked for elected starting with George McGovern in 1972 and most recently John Kerry in 2004. And because all of the candidates he worked for have been Democrats, that is why he is so well liked by Republicans because of his reputation as the Eddie Mush of presidential campaigns. In case you are unfamiliar with Eddie Mush, he was the character in the movie "A Bronx Tale" who was a total jinx. He had a perfect track...
  • 0-8: Buchanan Smacks Shrum Over Losing Streak

    07/28/2008 11:16:50 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies · 88+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    May he live to be 120, but when Bob Shrum eventually goes to his reward, his epitaph could read "Here lies Shrum. He thought he was great. But his presidential record . . . was 0-8." After Shrum taunted Pat Buchanan as "living on Mars" for supposedly overestimating the power of affirmative action as an issue, Pat fired back, reminding Shrum of his dubious lifetime achievement of having consulted on eight losing Dem presidential campaigns with nary a win. View video here.
  • Once and Always Trial Lawyer: The lamentable Edwards campaign.

    08/21/2007 7:46:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 953+ views
    The National Review ^ | August 21, 2007 | Rich Lowry
    Francois de La Rochefoucauld had a point when he said, in his frequently quoted formulation, that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. In the case of John Edwards, however, hypocrisy is simply a way of life. The infamous $400 haircut — actually, some of his hairstyling sessions ran as much as $1,200 all told — wasn’t a freak embarrassment for a candidate so self-righteously devoted to the poor. It was part of a pattern so pervasive that it has become the defining aspect of Edwards’s candidacy. When he lambasted hedge funds for incorporating offshore to avoid or...
  • Fight Club: (Dem Guru)Bob Shrum v. (ex-Senator)John Edwards

    05/23/2007 7:48:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,213+ views
    The New Republic ^ | May 23, 2007 | Michael Crowley
    Political junkies have been awaiting the new memoir by Bob Shrum, the famed consultant to a string of Democratic presidential candidates, including Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. After compiling an 0-8 record in presidential campaigns, Shrum has taken something of a beating from the political and media establishment of late, and he has been conspicuously absent from the 2008 campaign thus far. But it seems he's determined to play a role after all, as is clear from his forthcoming book, No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner. As befits a canny campaign veteran, the book is...
  • [Bob Shrum] Book: Hillary Clinton Nearly Kerry's Running Mate in 2004

    03/15/2007 8:42:37 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 9 replies · 739+ views e-mail | March 15, 2007 |
    Hillary Rodham Clinton would like to be president. In the last campaign, she might have been the vice presidential nominee. The New York senator and former first lady was on a list of possible running mates for 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry, according to an upcoming book by top Kerry strategist Bob Shrum. But Clinton was quickly ruled out because quiet polling found she was too polarizing, Shrum writes. Clinton said around that time that she would not have been interested in the job if Kerry asked her. "I made it clear I don't want that to happen," Clinton said...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 01-24-07 (The Man Who Made John Kerry Cry)

    01/24/2007 5:26:55 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 72 replies · 1,552+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | January 24, 2007 | PJ-Comix
    (Note: This is a special edition of the DUmmie FUnnies so the normal format will be dispensed with. Although much of this material has been covered in the September 15, 2006 DUmmie FUnnies EDITION, the events of today make it imperative to enter this again into the historical record.) "May I be the first to say 'Mr. President'?"---Bob Shrum, Nov. 2, 2004. It was close. Oh, so agonizingly close. The "infallible" exit polls showed him to be the landslide winner and Bob Shrum had already pronounced him to be "Mr. President." Democrats were celebrating and all that needed to...
  • Christie-Shrum Showdown Has Fur Flying at Hardball [Video]

    01/05/2007 4:00:33 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies · 2,177+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How do you know when things have jumped ugly at Hardball? When host Chris Matthews himself has to jump in to separate the warring parties, even warning a Dem consultant to lay off the ad hominems. Bob Shrum is always spoiling for a fight. In contrast, Ron Christie is normally mild-mannered and affable. But the former aide to Pres. Bush and VP Cheney had definitely eaten his Wheaties this afternoon. The video portrays things beyond my poor power of description, but the fur began to fly when Shrum accused Christie of using talking points. Things went downhill from there. I'd...
  • Democrats Losing the Battle for the "Warm Fuzzies"

    06/02/2003 12:17:47 PM PDT · by Columbine · 31 replies · 169+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | June 2, 2003 | Bobby Eberle
    James Carville and company announced in a recent memo to the Democrat faithful that the political season is now open and it is "time to go hunting." A review of the memo shows that not only are the Democrats betting their fortunes on either the utter collapse of the economy or a major homeland security fiasco, but their analysis of current trends and public opinion is completely off the mark. The latest memo from "Democracy Corps," the organization led by Carville, Stan Greenburg, and Bob Shrum, acknowledges that the "perception of success and strong leadership is helping the Republicans." Yet,...
  • Take the Anti-Neo-Con Test: Who Said It - Matthews or Buchanan?

    07/19/2006 6:57:48 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies · 714+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    <p>It is axiomatic that the goal of the foreign policy of the United States should be the advancement of the interests of the United States and not of any other country, no matter how sympathetic, including Israel. That said, should it not give Chris Matthews pause that his pointed anti-neo-con spiel has become indistinguishable from the well-rehearsed Pat Buchanan line on the matter? In a weird twist, Dem hyper-partisan Bob Shrum, a supporter of Israel, was the odd man out on this evening's Hardball.</p>
  • Shrum So Shrill, Even Chris Cringes

    06/28/2006 7:10:31 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 74 replies · 2,490+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 28, 2006 Over the last couple days, I've received four emails from one liberal reader of these columns, repeatedly asking me why conservatives are so 'angry and mean-spirited'. I tried explaining that while anger is common to the human condition, in no way do conservatives have a monopoly on the emotion. To the contrary, I cited a recent study revealing that, even when controlling for relevant variables, Republicans tend to be happier than Democrats. Since I was unable to prove the proposition to the reader's satisfaction, I very much hope he was watching this evening's Hardball....
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-24-06 (Pied Piper Pitt---The New Bob Shrum?)

    03/24/2006 5:15:57 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 69 replies · 1,232+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 24, 2006 | William Rivers Pitt and PJ-Comix
    Good News! Despite my deep concern, following his DEBACLE as an advisor for the Cegelis campaign primary in the Illinois 6th Congressional District, Pied Piper Pitt has RETURNED! Yes, I was deeply concerned that having FAILED at yet another endeavor, Pitt would hit the Bukowski barroom floor, never to get up again. And why my strange compassion for William Rivers (Pied Piper) Pitt? It is because I have come to realize that this hapless shmoe is becoming a new BOB SHRUM. For those of you unfamiliar with Bob Shrum, he is a Democrat campaign advisor who is a BLESSING...
  • The Shadow Party: Part II

    10/07/2004 2:57:59 AM PDT · by kattracks · 18 replies · 3,697+ views ^ | 10/07/04 | David Horowitz and Richard Poe
    George Soros is an exacting  taskmaster. In return for his money, he demands productivity. What he requires of employees and business associates in the investment world, Soros also demands from the political operatives he funds. “Mr. Soros isn't just writing checks and watching,” notes Wall Street Journalreporter Jeanne Cummings. “He is also imposing a business model on the notoriously unruly world of politics. He demands objective evidence of progress, and assigned an aide to monitor the groups he supports. He studies private polls to track the impact of an anti-Bush advertising campaign, and he is delivering his money in installments,...
  • Democratic Strategists Issue Memo on Loss of Catholics

    04/12/2005 2:43:56 PM PDT · by ninenot · 159 replies · 2,518+ views
    Culture & Cosmos April 12, 2005 Volume 2, Number 36 Democratic Strategists Issue Memo on Loss of Catholics A memo authored by a prominent Democratic strategy organization calls the decline in support of white Catholics for Democrats "striking" and "a big part of the 2004 election story." One of the analysis' key findings is that Catholic voters are becoming more pro-life which the authors called "a factor in the recent losses and one of the blockages for Democrats, at least in the Midwest." The data also reveals that young Catholics are more pro-life than their parents and that bishops who...
  • Robert Shrum's avoiding D.C.(Bush's victory in Ohio yet again shrinks 55K)

    01/19/2005 7:45:36 AM PST · by GWB00 · 21 replies · 1,208+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 01/19/05 | Daily Dish
    Sen. John Kerry's political guru, Robert Shrum: "We're just going to stay in Washington while getting ready for our move [to New York, where Shrum, starting next month, will teach at NYU]. My aim is to stay out of the 'limited traffic zone.' How am I feeling? Disappointed. Right now, I'm waiting for a camera crew from CNN to interview me about Karl Rove. Just think, a switch of 55,000 votes in Ohio, and I wouldn't have been doing this interview. But you've got to be gracious."
  • Democrat Bob Shrum quitting politics

    01/13/2005 4:37:10 PM PST · by PDR · 53 replies · 1,058+ views
    United Press International ^ | January 13, 2005 | UPI
    Democrat Bob Shrum quitting politics NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Democrat Bob Shrum, who for 30 years has been one of his party's most influential strategists and was a top Kerry campaign adviser, is quitting politics. The New York Times reported Thursday that Shrum, who is moving to New York to be a senior fellow at New York University, was through with political consulting. "I wanted to reflect on what I've done, not just keep doing it," he said in an interview. Shrum played key roles in eight losing Democrat presidential campaigns and two-dozen winning Senate races. In his...
  • 2004 Loser of the Year : Part III (top 5)

    01/03/2005 9:31:33 AM PST · by C.H. Truth · 177+ views
    Coldheartedtruth ^ | 1/2/2004 | C.H. Truth
    Here it is, boys and girls... the 5 biggest losers of 2004 4th runner up - The UN & Kofi Annan: With the insurgency still going strong in Iraq this probably could have been a good year for the UN in terms of American bashing. Annan and gang would have loved to have been in complete smug 'we told you so' mode, but instead they find themselves knee deep in the food for oil scandal. (top for at the website)
  • FG hires Clinton's guru to plan next election (Ireland)

    12/04/2004 8:27:05 PM PST · by Murtyo · 11 replies · 402+ views
    Sunday Business Post, Dublin ^ | 05 December 2004 | Pat Leahy
    Fine Gael has hired a leading US political consultant and pollster, who has worked for Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela, to assist in its preparations for the next general election. Consultant Stanley Greenberg has also advised former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on election strategy. A Fine Gael spokesman confirmed that the party had retained Greenberg - who has offices in Washington, London and Tel Aviv - since just after the local elections in June. It is understood that Fine Gael has had a relationship with Greenberg's firm for even longer. This year...
  • Democratic Party a Waning Movement

    11/16/2004 6:39:12 PM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 892+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/16/04 | Vincent Fiore
    The election of 2004 will be remembered for many things, some of which may play out for years to come. The GOP has broadened its base among minorities and women, and has strengthened its ties to Catholic and Jewish groups. The party has also energized and turned out the Christian base en masse, which all leads to the exit-polling sleeper that reflected the number-one issue concerning the country today, moral values. This came as quite a shock for the old media elites, as most among them believed that the issues of terrorism, Iraq, and the economy would decide voters. Perhaps...
  • Loss Leader: At 0-7, Kerry Adviser Bob Shrum Is Well Acquainted With the Concession Speech

    09/11/2004 8:00:58 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 18 replies · 1,039+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 9/12/04 | Mark Leibovich
    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...
  • Who is Kerry's Karl Rove

    08/26/2004 6:56:41 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 36 replies · 851+ views
    no source, just a question | 082604 | Sam Pender
    I'm sorry to post such a simple question instead of a news report, but it seems to me that Karl Rove is drawn as Dracula by Dems, but since all political leaders have a political advisor, I'd like to find out who John Kerry's political advisor is. I know Rand Beers is his sr NSA, but political advisor (ie, the Democrats Dracula-esque version of Karl Rove) remains a mystery to me. Thanks Sam Pender author of Iraq's Smoking Gun
  • Kerry's Karl Rove (Bob Shrum)

    08/25/2004 2:09:40 AM PDT · by dennisw · 6 replies · 319+ views
    Vanity Fair ^ | August 2004 | MICHAEL WOLFF;
     There may be copyright problems so I'm posting just the link
  • The Guy Behind the Guy (Bob Shrum and John Kerry)

    08/23/2004 6:12:51 PM PDT · by Stultis · 2 replies · 383+ views
    Boston Magazine ^ | July 2004 | Jon Keller ArchivesThe Guy Behind the Guyby Jon Keller Copyright July 2004.Political guru Bob Shrum has more influence than anyone on what comes out of John Kerry's mouth. Even now, he's crafting the most important document of the convention: Kerry's acceptance speech. Considering Shrum's track re-cord, the Republicans couldn't be happier. "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." -- 1980 Democratic National Convention concession speech written for Senator Edward Kennedy by Bob Shrum On the evening of Thursday, July 29, a...
  • The Guy Behind the Guy (speechwriter for most failed Dem candidates, backs Kerry)

    08/04/2004 8:19:00 AM PDT · by tdadams · 9 replies · 549+ views
    Boston Magazine ^ | July 2004 | Jon Keller
    Political guru Bob Shrum has more influence than anyone on what comes out of John Kerry's mouth. Even now, he's crafting the most important document of the convention: Kerry's acceptance speech. Considering Shrum's track re-cord, the Republicans couldn't be happier. "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." -- 1980 Democratic National Convention concession speech written for Senator Edward Kennedy by Bob Shrum On the evening of Thursday, July 29, a limousine escorted by police will glide past the hapless working-class Bostonians...
  • Kerry 'Will Have It Both Ways, Oppo Research: An old rival's recipe for a GOP win this fall

    07/25/2004 7:31:05 AM PDT · by dano1 · 29 replies · 1,526+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 25, 2004 | William F. Weld
    I never thought I'd lose to John Kerry in 1996. Although Kerry was the incumbent senator and had been in public life longer than I had, his style seemed to me out of touch with the voters. In fact, Kerry succeeded in making me—often subjected to the charge of being patrician—look like a lunch-pail Democrat: of the people as well as for the people. A lunch-pail Democrat is the best thing you can look like in Massachusetts, and I had received 71 percent of the vote in my re-election campaign for governor just two years earlier. I believed I was...
  • Old-School Team To Sell Kerry as Modern Centrist

    04/21/2004 12:07:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 189+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 21, 2004 | Jim VandeHei
    As he prepares for the most ambitious and defining phase of his presidential candidacy, Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) is relying on image-makers schooled in traditional Kennedy liberalism to sell himself anew to voters as a 21st-century centrist Democrat, a muscular hawk on national defense and deficits. Bob Shrum, longtime confidant of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), is emerging as the most influential shaper of Kerry's image and words. Shrum, a purveyor of populism who has a reputation for angling for control of campaigns and sometimes alienating colleagues in the process, helped elbow out Kerry's campaign manager last year and...
  • Prodigal Democrats ('The Teresa' Heinz-Kerry Trying to Get Veteran Democrat Advisor Bob Frum Fired)

    09/08/2003 6:55:50 AM PDT · by meg70 · 12 replies · 279+ views
    The American Specator Magazine ^ | September 8, 2003 | The Washington Prowler
    Word is inside the Kerry camp is that wife Teresa Heinz Kerry wants hubby advisor Bob Shrum off the campaign. 'She's p*ssed that Senator Kerry wasnt more offensive minded earlier in the race and ceded control to Howard Dean,' says a Kerry Staffer in Washington.Shrum, youll recall was an earlier advisor to Senator Edwards, before jumping to Kerry's camp because Kerry was willing to give him a level of control that Edwards wasn't willing to surrender.MNow that Edwards is buried in the back of the polls, and Kerry folks are blaming Shrum for their problems, perhaps Shrum will find solace...