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  • Bob Shrum: R.I.P., Mitt Romney

    11/02/2012 9:28:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 2, 2012 | Robert Shrum
    Mitt made multiple mistakes that will lead to his defeat on Tuesday. Some of them date all the way back to 2008.The campaign has come down to a race between Mitt’s media and Mitt’s mistakes—and the mistakes are winning. We have now crossed the billion dollar mark in ad purchases. In Ohio alone, the two sides, Super PACs and all, are spending $30 million in the closing week—and in the battleground states overall, Romney forces are outspending Obama by $30 million. But the contest is not as unbalanced as the numbers. The Obama money goes further because more of the...
  • 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...
  • American killed in Yemen 'highly respected' Islam

    03/19/2012 6:01:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | March 19, 2012
    The employers of an American man killed while working in Yemen said in a statement Monday that he “highly respected” Islam, after a group tied to al-Qaida claimed it had executed him because of his “Christian proselytizing.” Joel Shrum, a teacher at the International Training Development Center, was shot dead Sunday in the city of Taiz where he worked. A group linked to al-Qaida, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), claimed responsibility. "This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims," an unidentified person said in a text message to...
  • 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.
  • Mad Lib of the Day: Bob Shrum (0-8) Says Dems Will Keep House and Senate

    10/01/2010 10:15:49 AM PDT · by toma29 · 6 replies
    Useful Info Nation ^ | 10/01/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    Bob Shrum, known for his incredible ability to fail even across the Atlantic Ocean and his propensity for writing concession speeches, is again the Great Prognosticator. Here's his latest divorced from reality column at TheWeek.com: Democrats will hold the House and SenateObviously, Shrum's been abusing his medical marijuana prescription a little more than usual. I'll give him credit that he starts the piece out with this: Maybe I’m wrong. After being an adviser for eight failed campaigns (McGovern to Kerry), he uses the word "maybe"? In fact, maybe I’m really, really wrong, which is the reaction I hear when I...
  • Bob Shrum: Decision time for Obama, Dems and GOP (Revisionist history alert)

    06/11/2010 2:52:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 393+ views
    The Week ^ | June 10, 2010 | Bob Shrum
    The GOP must decide whether to follow the Tea Party over a cliff. Dems must decide whether to distance themselves from Obama. And the president must prove once again that he can tip events in his favor. Republicans, Democrats, and the White House have all reached separate decision points for 2010—and possibly for 2012, as well. Republicans had assumed they were harnessing the energy of the Tea Party movement. Instead, with the ABC/Washington Post poll now registering majority disapproval of the Tea Party, Republicans find themselves in an accelerating march of folly. As a result, they have diminished their moment...
  • For Dems, it's do or die: GOP opposition irrelevant Only Dems can prevent health reform from passing

    03/05/2010 6:11:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Week ^ | March 4, 2010 | Bob Shrum
    The Republicans were appalled, outraged, aghast—and running out of means to describe their horror, indignation, and righteous anger. It seems the president, after a year of trying to induce the Party of No to say “yes” to something, finally called for an up or down vote on health care. Majority rule in a democracy—oh the shame of it! Although, come to think of it, the 2000 election showed the GOP is only too happy to dispose of the concept when politically convenient. The Republican opposition to reconciliation—passing the health bill without facing a filibuster—is transparently cynical for a party that...
  • Will Republican tactics succeed? Party of No has become the Party of Lies. [Dumb Shrum Alert]

    02/12/2010 10:04:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 797+ views
    The Week ^ | February 11, 2010 | Bob Shrum
    Sarah Palin sets the tone for a narrow, spiteful corner of American politics. That corner was occupied by the Tea Party convention last week in Nashville, where Palin served up a strong, carefully-brewed, neo-con-written speech featuring a blend of slurs steeped in personal animus toward Barack Obama. There were lies of a general nature, including the palm-reading Palin’s suggestion that the President is so out of his depth, so stupid—at least that’s what the cheering crowd heard—that he can’t function without a teleprompter. And the contradictory, but equally bogus, claim that Obama is a feeble egghead -- appealing to an...
  • MSNBC Interrupts Prison Documentaries for Palin

    02/08/2010 11:00:20 AM PST · by jazminerose · 11 replies · 698+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 2/8/10 | Joy Tiz
    The left wing “news” network that couldn’t bother itself to cover the Christmas Day jihadi attack on America, interrupted its time honored weekend prison documentary marathon to cover Sarah Palin’s speech at the National Tea Party convention in Nashville. So compelling is Palin that MSNBC staffers braved a colossal global warming storm to get to the studio to carry her speech and provide MSNBC’s emblematic hallucinatory commentary. Forced to make do with whatever dregs could be hauled in from the blizzard, the Palin denigration was chaperoned by someone named Ed Schultz. First to offer his freakish assessment was perennial failure...
  • Bob Shrum: All politics is national-Dems fretting over midterm elections; start fighting back

    02/05/2010 6:38:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 996+ views
    The Week ^ | February 5, 2010 | Robert Shrum
    Whenever you hear a party say our candidates will do fine because midterm elections are just a series of local contests, you know there’s trouble. And we’ve been hearing that from too many Democrats. All politics now is national. The Republican strategy for 2010 has been both conscious and clear for months. The GOP wants Obama to fail and the economy to fail. At every turn they are determined to obstruct. This reached the point a week ago where seven Republicans in the Senate, including John McCain, voted against a bill they had cosponsored -- simply because Obama had endorsed...
  • 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."
  • Bob Shrum: After health care, the deluge

    09/15/2009 10:19:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 1,699+ views
    The Week ^ | September 15, 2009 | Bob Shrum
    Later this fall, President Obama will sign into law a landmark health-reform bill. Then the hard part begins. Barack Obama was advised early in his presidency to focus on just one thing at a time and postpone health care for another year. The advice was pressed on him not just from outside observers but from trusted aides inside the White House. He rejected it—and for that reason, among others, the health reform that's been delayed for a century, and which he will sign into law this fall, will carry his indelible stamp. Afterward, though, there will be no period of...
  • Now Bob Shrum Whines About the Tea Parties

    04/21/2009 11:01:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 1,117+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | April 21, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    Yet another liberal whiner has taken time out from his busy schedule destroying the Constitution and wrecking America to condescend about the recent tea party protests. This time it's Democratic strategist Robert Shrum who for reasons only he knows, finds it necessary to beat up the Americans who protested President Obama's massive expansion of federal spending. Shrum, of course, is the cursed adviser who has helped Democrats lose the White House eight times, including John Kerry's run in 2004. Conservatives are the real kooks Shrum argues in The Week, echoing the theme of the dubious DHS report last week that...
  • The Republican Ruins (Barf Alert)

    04/13/2009 7:38:19 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 20 replies · 767+ views
    The Week ^ | 4/14/09 | Bob Schrum
    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...
  • 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...
  • Shrum: Don't Go Wobbly, Dems

    10/21/2008 2:15:53 AM PDT · by careyb · 8 replies · 643+ views
    The Week ^ | 10/20/08 | Bob Shrum
    Don’t go wobbly, Dems Two weeks to go—time enough for one last case of Democratic wobbles and one last resort fueled by Republican desperation. Democrats, scarred by the stolen election of 2000 and the near miss of 2004, privately worry, wring their hands and, traveling cyberspace’s vast expanse, trip over a discouraging word, poll, or prediction. Generally, they needn’t look farther than the Drudge Report, which shamelessly selects information—and disinformation—in order to stereotype Barack Obama and denigrate his prospects. With genuine anguish, one Democrat said to me Sunday, “Did you see Drudge has Obama only 2.7 percent ahead?” It wasn’t...
  • ROBERT SHRUM: The Republicans’ Lipstick Populism

    09/09/2008 6:57:22 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 36 replies · 185+ views
    News & Opinion Monday, September 8, 2008 ROBERT SHRUM: The Republicans’ Lipstick Populism It was appropriate that the Republicans convened in the city named for Saint Paul. For on the road to the convention, John McCain had a conversion experience worthy of the saint, transforming his lobbyist-run, insider campaign into a full-throated appeal to cultural populism. The combination of purple anti-Washington rhetoric and blue-collar melodrama will henceforth be known as “Palinesque.” The question now is whether this hit show has enough gas to run until November. -snip- Will Americans take seriously a pledge to stand for “the people, not the...
  • 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...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 18 May 2008

    05/18/2008 5:18:45 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 358 replies · 571+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 18 May 2008 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, May 18th, 2008 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Rick Dutrow Jr., trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; Republican strategist Mike Murphy; Democratic strategist Bob Shrum. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla.; Republican strategist Ed Rollins; former Govs. Mario Cuomo, D-N.Y., and Roy Romer, D-Colo.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Commerce Secretary Carlos...
  • Kerry Blew It

    06/01/2007 2:39:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies · 2,264+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 1, 2007 | James Taranto
    In an excerpt from his new book, "No Excuses," Democratic operative Robert Shrum, who advised the 2004 Kedwards campaign, tells the story of how the lovely and talented John Edwards became Kerry's No. 2--and how John Kerry came to regret it: Kerry talked with several potential picks, including Gephardt and Edwards. He was comfortable after his conversations with Gephardt, but even queasier about Edwards after they met. Edwards had told Kerry he was going to share a story with him that he'd never told anyone else--that after his son Wade had been killed, he climbed onto the slab at the...
  • [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
    NewsMax.com e-mail | March 15, 2007 | NewsMax.com
    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...
  • 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,...
  • Calderon wins Mexican presidential race

    07/06/2006 4:22:01 PM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 15 replies · 801+ views
    AP News via Yahoo ^ | July 6, 2006 | PittsburghAfterDark
    Calderon wins Mexican presidential race By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press Writer 16 minutes agoMEXICO CITY - The ruling party's Felipe Calderon won the official count in Mexico's disputed presidential race Thursday, a come-from-behind victory for the stiff technocrat. But his leftist rival refused to concede and said he'd fight the results in court.Calderon, a conservative who preached free-market values and financial stability during the campaign, was already reaching out to other parties to build a "unity government". His opponent, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, blamed fraud for his narrow loss in the vote count and called on his supporters to fill...
  • As Shrum Dances on DeLay's Grave, Matthews Applauds Him as "Solid on This Stuff"

    04/04/2006 5:52:38 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies · 808+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein April 4, 2006 Be the death literal or figurative, in recent days Democrats and their MSM claque have demonstrated a ghoulish penchant for dancing on the graves of their political opponents. As documented here, on the very day of his death last week, MSNBC's Alison Stewart, subbing for Keith Olbermann on Countdown, took nasty parting shots at Caspar Weinberger. Stewart disparaged as both a budget "slasher" and a big spender the man who, as Ronald Reagan's Defense Secretary, contributed mightily to winning the Cold War. Today, it was Tom DeLay's retirement announcement that brought out the worst...
  • Prof: Don't look to '08 dems

    03/08/2006 4:02:48 PM PST · by pjsbro · 34 replies · 1,027+ views
    The Washington Square News ^ | 03/08/2006 | Zack Barangan
    Prof: Don't look to '08 dems by Zack Barangan March 08, 2006 Former Democratic consultant Robert Shrum spoke at the NYU School of Law yesterday, answering students’ questions about his role in John Kerry’s 2004 presidential run and offering his own theories about how the Democratic party can reclaim influence in America. Shrum — who most recently was a consultant for the Gore and Kerry presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004 — spoke at the lecture titled “Using Your Law Degree in Public Service and Politics,” sponsored by the Law Democrats. Shrum, who is now a senior fellow at the...
  • The Shadow Party: Part II

    10/07/2004 2:57:59 AM PDT · by kattracks · 18 replies · 3,697+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 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,...
  • 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...
  • Living in a Fantasy World (Democrats playing the "what if" game)

    01/27/2005 6:26:01 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 559+ views
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | January 27, 2005 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    On the eve of Inauguration, John Kerry campaign manager Bob Shrum told the New York Daily News, "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." Shrum is not alone. "Teresa said, 'What do you want for your birthday?' I said, '55,000 votes in Ohio,' " Kerry told a group of supporters in a post-election trip to Des Moines. Cong. Charlie Rangel (D) of New...
  • 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...
  • Kerry Shrum and the Liberal Agenda

    Has Anyone else seen this report on the Kerry Campaign? You couldn't make this stuff up.
  • The Top Eleven Reasons Why Kerry Lost the Election

    11/16/2004 9:02:12 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 36 replies · 1,543+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | NOVEMBER 16, 2004 | JOHN HAWKINS
    John Kerry, a terrible candidate who did everything wrong, was a real Michael Dukakis version 2.0. In fact, Kerry ran such a poor campaign that I think we in the GOP should examine the Kerry campaign and try to learn from it, so we don't make the same mistakes. With that in mind, here are what I believe were the top eleven reasons why John Kerry lost the election. I'm Talking 'Bout the Man John Kerry Sees in the Mirror. Put simply, John Kerry was an awful candidate for the presidency in almost every way imaginable. He's a dovish Massachusetts...
  • The Architects of Defeat

    11/11/2004 5:09:28 PM PST · by lainie · 11 replies · 1,010+ views
    AHonline ^ | 11/11/2004
    Twelve days before the election, James Carville stood in a Beverly Hills living room surrounded by two generations of Hollywood stars. After being introduced by Sen. John Kerry’s daughter, Alexandra, he told the room — confidently, almost cockily — that the election was in the bag. ... As Tom Vallely, the Vietnam War veteran whom Kerry tapped to lead the response to the Swift boat attacks, told me: “I kept telling Shrum that before you walk through the economy door, you’re going to have to walk through the terrorism/Iraq door. But, unfortunately, the Clinton team, though technically skillful, could not...
  • Bob Shrum Put Dukakis in a Tank and Kerry in the Blind

    10/21/2004 9:28:57 PM PDT · by GoldwaterBooster · 13 replies · 717+ views
    Bob Shrum, the man who brought you the Dukakis campaign of 1988, and made his candidate look ridiculous in a tank, has done it again. Now he puts Macho John in a fatigue jacket while someone else carries the late goose. I feel another Purple Heart application coming on. Joe Biden, the man who was forced out of the 1988 primary because he plagiarized his own life story from British Labour Leader Neil Kinnock, now informs the rest of us he thinks the president is "brain dead." Clinton is enroute to Philadelphia, Gore going to Florida, and attorneys flying every...
  • It seems The New Yorker knew in advance about Mapes' story

    09/23/2004 9:25:50 AM PDT · by WorkingMother1951 · 3 replies · 259+ views
    The New Yorker | September 20, 2004 issue | Ken Auletta
    From "Kerry's Brain," an article by Ken Auletta in The New Yorker: Page 67: "Last week, the Vietnam War became an issue again. Democrats seized upon new evidence that seemed to show that George W. Bush had used political influence to be assigned to the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War."
  • Where Kerry Went Wrong: Kerry and Shrum got it backward

    09/18/2004 10:17:05 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 41 replies · 1,284+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 9/27 issue | Jonathan Alter
    Kerry and Shrum got it backward. If they'd sliced up Bush this summer, they could have used the debates to seem presidential. After Labor Day, the political calendar goes into a time warp. Everything speeds up. With voters finally starting to pay attention, a week is about the equivalent of a normal month in political time. In late October the intensity can be so great that creative campaigns sometimes accomplish in a single day what it might once have taken three months to imprint on the minds of the voters. We don't know yet if we'll see such inventiveness this...
  • Kerry in chaos as 'Curse of Shrum' strikes

    09/18/2004 5:34:59 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 87 replies · 2,715+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | September 19, 2004 | ALEX MASSIE
    DEMOCRAT challenger John Kerry’s election campaign is in turmoil. The presidential hopeful is in trouble and is running out of time, while President George W Bush presses ahead in the polls.In a desperate attempt to claw back the slide, Kerry decided to revamp his team by bringing in veteran Clinton operatives such as Joe Lockhart, John Sasso, Michael Whouley and Mike McCurry to oversee key parts of the campaign. But the move has caused more division and chaos in the campaign and the arrival of the Clinton team means Kerry’s original campaign strategist, Bob Shrum, has seen his influence diminished....
  • The Gospel According to John (Kerry), Cont’d. . . .

    09/17/2004 7:08:16 PM PDT · by kiporen · 2 replies · 147+ views
    http://www.baumanoren.blogspot.com ^ | September 17, 2004 | Kip Oren
    By: Kip Oren In a recent post, I generated my first world exclusive when I unearthed a copy of "The Kerry Gospels," the Bob Shrum-produced big screen adaptation of "The Gospel According to John (Kerry)." After recounting my discovery, limits of time and space prevented me from finishing my analysis of The Kerry Gospels. So far, my review has been largely negative. . . .That’s not to say that The Kerry Gospels is devoid of highlights . . .
  • The New Yorker on Shrum (Drudge Flash)

    09/12/2004 9:36:14 AM PDT · by NewMediaFan · 25 replies · 1,535+ views
    DrudgeReport ^ | Sun Sep 12 2004 12:13:35 ET | Drudge
    Robert Shrum, a senior adviser to John Kerry, tells Ken Auletta that despite the drop in his candidate's national standing after the airing of attack ads by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, "I believe the campaign responded in a timely fashion to the Swift Boat attacks. And I believe the public believes that Bush is behind the attacks and that they are not true." Shrum, who talks to Auletta extensively in "Kerry's Brain," in the September 20, 2004, issue of The New Yorker, also says , "I think we did see the negatives coming. I think we were fully...
  • At 0-7, Kerry advisor Bob Shrum is well-acquainted with the concession speech

    09/11/2004 7:32:18 PM PDT · by Thrusher · 11 replies · 728+ views
    Washington Post via MSNBC ^ | 9/10/04 | Mark Leibovich
    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,...
  • Advocacy Groups And Campaigns: An Uneasy Shuttle

    09/08/2004 6:08:28 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 469+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 8, 2004 | GLEN JUSTICE and JIM RUTENBERG
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 - Just last week, Stanley Greenberg was the polling mastermind guiding the way three liberal groups spent tens of millions of dollars attacking President Bush and registering voters. But he quit that position to be an unpaid adviser to the Kerry campaign as it presses to sharpen its message in the final 56 days before the election. Mr. Greenberg is just the latest in a procession of top strategists who have moved between the campaigns and advocacy groups called 527's - the very organizations that are not supposed to coordinate their activities under campaign finance rules. The...
  • In Kerry's Corner, A Media Consultant With Populist Bent

    07/06/2004 5:50:48 AM PDT · by OESY · 9 replies · 689+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 6, 2004 | JOHN HARWOOD
    ... Now Mr. Shrum is in the thick of another crucial campaign announcement: Mr. Kerry's selection of a running mate. ... Officially, Mr. Shrum's job is to produce Mr. Kerry's campaign commercials. But after three decades in presidential politics, where most stars burn out far more quickly, Mr. Shrum has an unusual amount of sway. "I've been doing this longer than anybody," Mr. Shrum says. Aside from Mr. Kerry himself, no one person will have more influence on the Democratic ticket's message between now and Election Day. ... But he also brings strong ideological convictions and a volatile temperament that...
  • To praise Kerry... or to bury him?

    01/27/2004 3:32:41 AM PST · by Mia T · 10 replies · 485+ views
    1.27.04 | Mia T
    To praise Kerry... or to bury him? by Mia T, 1.27.04 After spending the best part of a year listening to the Democrats' strolling minstrels strumming their way round the White Mountains, I'm staggered by how little any of them have to say. If you go to a Kerry rally &endash; something of an oxymoron, but let that pass &endash; the senator's stump speech is a karaoke tape of floppo populist boilerplate. If he'd downloaded it for free from the internet, that'd be one thing. Instead, he paid a small fortune to hotshot consultant Bob Shrum, who promptly faxed...
  • A Revealing Democracy Corps Poll

    10/21/2003 11:39:15 AM PDT · by bigsky · 7 replies · 155+ views
    Human Events ^ | October 21, 2003 | Chris Field
    The liberal Democracy Corps, founded in 1999 by Democrat operatives James Carville, Stanley Greenberg, and Bob Shrum, released a poll of Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina last week that is interesting, to say the least. The poll of approximately 500 likely Democratic voters in each of the three states revealed the typical Democratic views: Bill Clinton -- good; George Bush -- bad; Democrats like labor unions, the NAACP, and the United Nation; Democrats don't like the NRA, big corporations, or John Ashcroft. None of this comes as a big surprise, but a couple aspects of this poll...
  • Kerry's Abandoned Kids (Plus: Edwards wants Shrum back. Also: Dean woos Big Labor.)

    09/07/2003 11:57:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 223+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 9/8/2003 | The Prowler
    UNFASHIONABLY LATEWhile Sen. John Kerry will deny that he has little in common with former President Bill Clinton, there are a group of kids in Charleston, S.C., who would probably disagree. Clinton was famous for running sometimes more than an hour late for events and meetings, keeping guests and sometimes foreign dignitaries cooling their heels. In the case of Kerry and his coterie, it's the little people -- literally -- who came in for rude treatment. Several weeks ago, when the Kerry braintrust decided to shift the candidate's "official" announcement that he had been running for president for the past...
  • Clinton Assigns Blame [What did they know and when did they know it? Pre-GWB]

    05/27/2003 6:31:06 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 21 replies · 595+ views
    National Review ^ | Originally published: November 8, 2001 | Kevin M. Cherry
    Clinton Assigns BlameAnd, no, it’s not his fault.By Kevin M. Cherry, a writer living in Alexandria, Va..November 8, 2001 11:30 a.m.   n a speech at Georgetown University, President Bill Clinton blamed, in part, the United States for the terrorist attacks of September 11. Speaking to a group of about 1,000 students, the former president said that our nation is "paying a price" for slavery and for its treatment of the "significant number of native Americans" who "were dispossessed and killed."Osama bin Laden certainly has given no indication that he was concerned about the American sin of slavery —...