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  • Top Democrat Strategist: The ‘Dem Party is F****d’

    10/28/2013 8:49:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 128 replies
    tpnn.com ^ | 10/28/13 | Greg Campbell, TPNN Political Analyst
    Caution: Strong language ahead as the Democrat Party reviews their shaky footing as one scandal and embarrassment cascades onto another. On Monday, a reporter for the often-liberal National Journal reported that a top Democratic strategist with ties to the White House and Capitol Hill wrote an email with a subject line “Dem Party is F****d.” Ron Fournier, the National Journal reporter, noted that the email linked to an article in the Los Angeles Times that has joined the rest of the usually-lefty publications who have grown tired of defending he indefensible Obamacare healthcare overhaul.
  • Obama Campaign Strategist Axelrod Charges Republicans With 'Screwing Up' Economy to Hurt President

    12/19/2011 5:38:11 PM PST · by Son House · 66 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | December 19, 2011 | Ed Henry
    "If I have the choice between extending the tax cut for a year and energizing our economy and having an issue to run on, I'd rather energize the economy," Axelrod said in an exclusive interview with Fox News. "I think that it's better for the country, it's better for the president. Frankly it's better for the Congress even if they don't see it." In the next breath, however, Axelrod flatly charged the latest move by House Republicans to block a Senate compromise extending the tax cut for two months is an effort by the GOP to choke off any economic...
  • Longtime Democratic Strategist Kam Kuwata Found Dead

    04/11/2011 6:06:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies · 1+ views
    CBS) ^ | April 11, 2011 5:51 PM
    Longtime Democratic strategist Kam Kuwata, a mainstay of the California political scene for decades, was found dead today in his Venice condominium. He was 57. “I am greatly saddened by the passing of Kam Kuwata,” said Eric Bauman, Los Angeles County Democratic Party chairman. “Today, we lost a dear friend and a top Democratic political mind whose influential behind-the-scenes work had touched California and American politics alike. Kuwata’s work extends nearly 30 years in campaign strategic planning, communications and messaging. He served in many key roles for major and local Democratic campaigns including: U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Daniel Akaka and...
  • Blame game could 'boomerang' on Obama, strategist says

    07/04/2010 8:21:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    cnn ^ | July 2, 2010 | Kristi Keck,
    When signs of a severe economic downfall emerged more than two years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama was quick to point a finger at the man he hoped to replace. Seventeen months into his administration, the message is often the same, and Republicans say it's time for him to drop the Bush bashing and take ownership of the problem. "Nothing makes a president look weaker than pointing the finger at past administrations," said Republican strategist Ron Bonjean. "By blaming somebody, it looks like you are playing politics and people just want jobs. They don't care about whose fault it is. Playing...
  • Democratic consultant says he got a warning from White House after appearing on Fox News

    11/07/2009 2:48:52 PM PST · by lt.america · 159 replies · 7,979+ views
    LA Times ^ | November 6, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
    Reporting from Washington - At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration. Political consultants are a staple of cable television talk shows, analyzing current events based on their own experiences working on campaigns or in government. One Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox, he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be...
  • McCain strategist defends Palin as 2008 VP choice

    10/14/2009 10:30:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,172+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/09 | Andrew DeMillo - ap
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A top adviser from John McCain's presidential campaign who has criticized Sarah Palin's odds as a 2012 presidential candidate defended Wednesday the decision to pick her as McCain's 2008 running mate. Steve Schmidt, who was chief strategist for the Republican's campaign during the 2008 election, said choosing Palin — then a little-known Alaska governor — helped the GOP gain ground against the Democrats and Barack Obama. "I believe to this day that had she not been picked as a vice presidential candidate, we would have never been ahead, not for one second, not for one minute,...
  • McCain Strategist: Palin in 2012 Would be 'Catastrophic' for GOP

    10/02/2009 11:08:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 122 replies · 3,805+ views
    News weak ^ | 10/02/09 | Holly Bailey
    Looks like there’s at least one high-profile Republican who won’t be voting for Sarah Palin should she run in 2012. Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s top political strategist in 2008, told a forum in Washington today that nominating Palin as the party’s next presidential nominee would be “catastrophic” for Republicans. “I think that she has talents, but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate,” Schmidt said. “In fact, were she to be the nominee, we would have a catastrophic election result.”
  • Senator Tim Johnson hires top campaign strategist

    01/18/2007 8:57:18 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 62 replies · 1,456+ views
    AP and Kansas City Star ^ | 17 January 2007 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota is still recovering from a December brain hemorrhage, but his office appears to be beefing up his staff for a 2008 re-election campaign. Drey Samuelson, Johnson's chief of staff, said Wednesday that the office has hired Steve Jarding as deputy chief of staff. Jarding, who will work for the senator's congressional office in Rapid City, S.D., is a veteran political consultant who served as a top strategist for James Webb, the Virginia Democrat who upset Republican Sen. George Allen last November. Jarding is a native of South Dakota and worked for...
  • A Cagle strategist moves to the Thompson camp

    07/02/2007 5:54:03 AM PDT · by perfect_rovian_storm · 20 replies · 491+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 2, 2007 | Political Insider
    As a matter of efficiency, it’s not odd for a national political operation to digest whole campaign structures at the statewide level. Fred Thompson seems to be doing this in Georgia. We’ve gotten word that Joel McElhannon, the Republican political consultant who helped put Casey Cagle in the lieutenant governor’s office and Jim Whitehead into a run-off for the 10th District congressional race, is being gobbled up by the Thompson campaign as some sort of Southern coordinator. McElhannon confirmed the move, but referred all other questions to the campaign. Thompson has a fund-raiser here on Friday, one of his first...
  • Well Known Republican Strategist 1 Of 3 Found Dead In Home In Orlando.

    08/23/2007 4:06:03 PM PDT · by moonman · 99 replies · 5,384+ views
    WESH TV News
    Rafael Gonzales, a well known Republican strategist in the Central Florida area, was one of 3 men found dead in his home today. Police suspect murder-suicide or foul play in the deaths. Bodies were discovered after a North Carolina woman called police to check on an occupant at that address, after being unable to contact the person. Police believe that there is evidence of a fight or struggle inside the home and that the deaths occured several days ago. No other info at this time.
  • Newt Gingrich, the Once and Future "Architect"?

    11/10/2006 6:52:35 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 163 replies · 2,611+ views
    Friday, November 10, 2006 | Momaw Nadon
    IMHO, Newt Gingrich won't be elected President, but he is far and away the best choice for the post of top Republican strategist. Whether this is in the RNC or somewhere else, I don't know. He needs to call the shots in 2008 while maintaining a low public profile. He can be the true "architect" of conservative victory once more. He led us to victory in 1994. He can do so again in 2008. Gingrich should be to Romney what Rove is to Bush.
  • In Attempt to Oust Hillary Clinton, a Strategist's Comeback Bid

    04/09/2005 4:02:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1,234+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/10/05 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    In Attempt to Oust Clinton, a Strategist's Comeback Bid By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ Published: April 10, 2005 WASHINGTON, April 9 - Arthur J. Finkelstein, the political guru who helped engineer the defeat of one Democratic luminary, Mario M. Cuomo, has his sights set on another: Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Finkelstein, a longtime adviser to Gov. George E. Pataki of New York, is setting up a political action committee to mount a campaign offensive against Mrs. Clinton in 2006, when she is up for re-election, according to Republicans familiar with his plans. Mr. Finkelstein, who is known to be reclusive, would not...
  • Bush Strategist: Race will "swing wildly" in Kerry's favor within a month [15 pts lead]

    07/05/2004 2:02:13 PM PDT · by nwrep · 301 replies · 5,900+ views
    AP ^ | July 5, 2004 | LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer
    The Bush-Cheney campaign sought to lower expectations about the impact of Kerry's selection of a running mate and the effect on public polls. In an e-mail sent Monday, Matthew Dowd, Bush's chief strategist, predicted that the race will "swing wildly" in Kerry's favor within a month. Dowd's memo included a chart showing that the challenger typically has gained a 15-point bounce in polls when the running mate is announced and the spotlight of the convention shines on the nominee. These two developments "can have a dramatic (if often short-lived) effect on the head-to-head poll numbers," Dowd wrote. "In fact, historical...