"He left the Reagan White House to work with longtime lobbyist Paul Manafort, in founding the lobbying firm Davis, Manafort. In their political work, Davis served as Manafort’s deputy in orchestrating the 1996 Republican National Convention; both would later join Dole’s presidential team. While working for Dole, Davis told a reporter that he was "blown away" by McCain’s unconventional politics, and joined McCain’s first election bid in 1999.
When McCain started the Reform Institute in 2001 to promote campaign finance reform, he turned to Davis. Davis would earn $395,000 in salary and consulting fees from the Institute, which he headed from 2003 to 2005.
In 2006, Davis helped plan McCain’s next White House run, envisioning a corporate-style campaign modeled after President Bush’s 2004 bid." Wiki
According to this Wiki, Rick Davis lives here in Alexandria. He looks vaguely familiar, but, I don’t believe I have had the pleasure…
I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to Davis until I saw his reaction to rather tame questioning from Joe Scarborough and Mika (Zbig’s daughter) in St. Paul. Wow! He told the two of them and all others present that the GOP has accepted the idea that the media are deeply unfair to their candidates and that the McCain campaign would make Palin available for interview when AND IF it chooses to do so. He was quite hostile in the way he said this, bristling and interrupting constantly, speaking louder and louder to drown out voices he did not want to acknowledge. It was quite a performance. It was basically a declaration of war against the 4th Estate in all its manifestations.
This morning I listened to him on Fox News Sunday. To my surprise he was just as hostile and aggressive with the host (Chris Wallace) as he had been with the poor schmucks from MSNBC. When a right wing party apparatchik like this man has become tries to shout down the host of a right wing Sunday network news show like FNS, then something interesting is happening. A great many citizens who will vote for McCain/Palin were watching this attack on Fox News. What must they have thought? Fox News is the source of "news" for McCain’s base. Wallace had just finished administering a thorough verbal "thrashing" to Axelrod, Davis’ opposite number in the Obama camp. In spite of this, Davis’ habitual scowl was the first thing one saw when Wallace began his interview. It went downhill from the scowl.
The Republicans are running against the press, including the Murdoch Press? If so, this something new to American politics.
Are they going to succeed in putting McCain in the White House as a kind of interim figure using this approach? pl