"Palin’s handlers are being hypocritical: They want to focus on her family life and her identity as a hockey mom when doing so helps them and to push aside any story that mars this perfect picture. Conservatives are always against identity politics until they are for it.
Nonetheless, what matters is not Palin’s personal life but whether she is prepared to assume the presidency if called upon. The actions of McCain’s lieutenants suggest that they know the answer. And they are doing everything they can to keep the media from finding it." Dionne
Rick Davis likes to talk about the ’04 Bush Campaign as having been run in the "corporate" style and of himself as being the CEO of the McCain Campaign.
Am I surprised? No. As a rhetorical and pedagogic device I sometimes feign surprise, prior ignorance, etc. "Socratic Method?" If you like that formulation, fine.
Davis is what is known in the gadfly trade as a "K Street lobbyist." Perhaps he is a "former" lobbyist, having given up that life of shame for the prospect of marble pastures to come. In fact his firm’s offices are on Union Street a few blocks from here rather than in that den of ultimate iniquity, the true K Street in the District of Columbia. No matter. The Capitol Grille is never far away.
Davis is an honest, if indiscreet man. He has come to think of government as a business, nothing but a business, a business where "greed is good, and the spoils are "where its happening."
Our Commonwealth participants in this exercize in civic conscience (SST), will rub their hands together and lecture about the evils of America. They need to look in the mirror before they get too preachy. In any event, the scale of events here dwarfs whatever happens in Ottawa, Canberra or wherever. The best argument against the current size of the United States is an argument against gigantism itself and the mess it makes of representative government.
Back to Davis and company. It is not an accident that the media mediocrities (not all of you) are talking about the president of the US as CEO of the country and the "branding" of this or that. Parties, people, toothpaste – brand is the biggest buzzword of the day. MANAGEMENT- CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS – MARKETING – ADVERTISING. We used to talk about Montesquieu, Locke, Rousseau. Now we talk politics as business. Nothing more, especially on the Republic Party’s side (turnabout is fair play). The Democrats are still a disorganized mob. Obama sounds like he is interested in issues. Perhaps that is the ultimate ploy.
Your political Brand is fading in Market share? Mount an advertising campaign! Your candidate does not titillate the herd? Find something outrageous to do that will appeal to their more simple minded tendencies.
I am reminded of the Cary Grant character in the film, "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." Ah, Myrna Loy…. Who could forget her? In this epic, Mr. Blandings (CG) is a Madison Avenue advertising man who has to devise a slogan with which to sell "Wham" a kind of pork based canned meat. He suffers mightily with this until his cook inadvertantly suggests "Wham! The Ham What Am!" All is saved! The world devours mountains of these slaughter house scraps and Myrna gets the house of her dreams in Connecticutt. You should see it (the film).
The American peple are being sold a lot of "Wham." They seem to like it. pl