In today's NY Times' top story, " 'Super PACs' Let Strategists Off the Leash," we peek into the dazzling brilliance and breathtaking originality of the GOP's best political minds. Here we learn from the consummate pros, the Brooks-Brothered Machiavellis, the too-late-for-Nixon crowd. In this story, we see what it takes to be in such specialized demand--why these boys are at the top of this strategic game, and why most of us mere amateurs could never succeed in this high-powered field of such sublime insights and cleverness.
You don’t have to go anywhere. You don’t have to get on a small prop plane to New Hampshire. You don’t have to stay at the Holiday Inn Express. You can stay home and manage everything during normal office hours.
--Fred Davis, "a prominent Republican advertising strategist," indeed, he of Ricketts-Wright ignominy
I think at the end of the day it has to do with money.
--Matt Mackowiak, "a Republican consultant who works with Let Freedom Ring, a group set to spend $20 million on political advertising this year"
You don’t have kitchen cabinets made up of well-intentioned friends and neighbors who don’t know what they’re doing but eat up a lot of your time.
--Bob Schuman, "who ran a super PAC called Americans for Rick Perry," and who obviously knows real genius when he sees it, you know, like Fred Davis and Matt Mackowiak
Diabolical. Absolutely diabolical, each and every one. And a bit chilling, they are--these minds that can so easily cut through the clutter and bullshit and see, for instance, and in a flash, that "it has to do with money."