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- The Nationals, Yankees, Dodgers And Cubs Can’t Possibly Be This Mediocre … Right?
- Wide Gender Gap, Growing Educational Divide in Voters’ Party Identification
- Trump’s Dangerous Metaphor: A Podcast with George Lakoff
- The State of the Black Manager in Major League Baseball Would Disgust Jackie Robinson
- China Has Built a Road So Smart It Will Be Able to Charge Your Car
- Romney fails to win GOP nomination for senate, heads to primary in June
- Beyond Starbucks: How Racism Shapes Customer Service
- How Republics End
- Iconic Leadership
- Five takeaways from the Comey interview
- Future wars will be fought with physical and cyber robots: Get ready for the Internet of Battle Things
- How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete
- Trump announces launch of ‘precision strikes’ on Syria
- The ISIS Files: How the Islamic State stayed in power so long
- What We Know and Don’t Know About Election Hacking – plus What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know.
- The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in pay
- Bitcoin Out! Why Google Finally Banned Bitcoin Advertisements
- 9 Golden Rules for Crisis Management
- Bias against conservatives works like any other prejudice
- How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?
- Bots in the Twittersphere
- How Much Sugar Would It Take To Get A Rocket To The Moon?
- American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion
- The meek shall not inherit the earth
- Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?
- WhatsApp’s Founder Tells Users To Delete Facebook
- The ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Could Turn A Democratic Wave Into A Tsunami
- Cloak and Data: The Real Story Behind Cambridge Analytica’s Rise and Fall
- Baathism caused the chaos in Iraq and Syria
- The President Is The Nation: The Central Metaphor Trump Lives By
- Foreign Officials Sought Leverage Over Kushner
- Who Is Running the Mysterious PAC Supporting Roy Moore?
- The President, Time Magazine and Narcissistic personality disorder
- Podcast with Dr. George Lakoff: The Brain’s Politics: How Campaigns Are Framed and Why
- Emmanuel Macron is headed for victory. Then what?
- Brexit Part XIV: The State of the Nation?
- Are the political parties looking for clues from a 2005 special election in Ohio?
- Trouble understanding Trump? George Lakoff may help: Idea Framing, Metaphors and Your Brain
- When Will The World End? Artificial Intelligence Scientists Discuss Doomsday Plans In Arizona Desert
- Resource scarcity, Wars and AI
- Thomas Perez defeated Representative Keith Ellison in the battle to lead the Democratic Party in the age of Trump
- Black Women in White America: Women’s History Revisited
- The Five Stages of the Empire Model
- Trump’s Presidency: the German Perspective
- How Republics End
- Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say
- Here’s Proof Some Pollsters Are Putting A Thumb On The Scale
- Internet of Things gets its zombie apocalypse, and this is just the beginning
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Ken Feltman’s #PoliticalHumorMy Tweets
By Ken Feltman
One of the worst habits of political consultants is our tendency to criticize other consultants. This is especially true when the criticism involves a candidate’s behavior. Often, no matter what the consultant advises, the candidate does something else. If disaster results, media coverage zooms in on the candidate. But we consultants tend to rip into our consulting competitors.
Legendary political consultant Joseph Napolitan, co-founder of the International Association of Political Consultants, once remarked on the “vulture inside every consultant.” He and I sometimes did a “Frick and Frack” show in presidential election years. First, he discussed the Democratic candidates and appraised their chances and I examined the Republicans. Then, we switched and he took after the Republicans and their campaigns while I dissected the Democrats.
We noticed that both of us were more brutal in blaming our own party’s consultants for what may have been sins of the candidates. Initially, we concluded that this was a result of familiarity: We knew the consultants in our own party better than those of the other party and, therefore, could make more insightful judgments about practitioners from our own party. Soon, we concluded that we were wrong.
Within a few days, we gave very similar presentations to a group of young corporate CEOs in New York and then to our consulting peers at a meeting in Europe. The CEOs focused on issues and the candidates. In a dispassionate and analytical way, they probed what we knew about the budgets, fundraising, advertising and strategies of the candidates. The CEOs wanted to find out which candidates, because of their skills at building strong campaign staffs, had the inside track on victory.
The European meeting was different. Almost immediately, the consultants – from all across the world – delved into the personalities and past successes and failures of the consultants for the various campaigns. The consultants at the international meeting from parties on the left were much harsher on American Democratic consultants. Those from right-leaning parties were tough on Republican consultants. Whether from actual knowledge or just plain jealousy, the folks on both the left and the right bashed their ideological counterparts in the United States. Joe and I decided that competitive juices were at work. Joe commented that there is a vulture inside each of us. We cannot help ourselves. But each of us can be aware of our own frailties and our own human nature.
I was reminded of this a few days ago when I joined some GOP political consultants, media producers and pollsters gathered in a Washington watering hole with a couple of political reporters. Quickly, the discussion was directed by the reporters to what they called the troubles with Mitt Romney’s campaign. Like vultures, the Republican consultants descended on their prey.
Wait a minute! These Romney consultants did not just happen to fall off a turnip truck as Romney was driving by thinking that he needed to hire a few folks. They are seasoned, capable, respected men and women. Maybe Romney is making their job harder. We have all had our share of “difficult” candidates. Maybe Romney is a dream to work with. In the end, that does not matter. Only the winner from among all the candidates who had the nerve to put his or her name on the ballot will be sworn in next January. The consultants do not even hold the Bible or stand beaming close by as the oath is administered. At best, they are in the background and usually not even there.
Some of them will move on into the White House with their winner. All of them – whether with the winner or one of the many losers – will have learned a great deal during this cycle’s campaign. They will know things that cannot be taught in grad school. They will know people who you meet only on the campaign trail. They will get the phone calls in four years from wannabe candidates.
The Frick and Frank rule applies: Candidates win or lose but political consultants gain invaluable experience no matter what happens on election day.