Monday, May 15, 2006

Begala: Dean wasted DNC money

OK, if Paul Begala and Howard Dean were in a shootout using AK-47s on full auto, my chief concern would be to make sure they had plenty of ammunition.

Still, Begala's slam on what Howard Dean's been doing with the DNC treasury is classic. From CNN:
WOLF BLITZER: Very quickly, is Howard Dean in trouble?

BEGALA: ... Yes, he's in trouble, in that campaign managers, candidates, are really angry with him. He has raised $74 million and spent $64 million. He says it's a long-term strategy. But what he has spent it on, apparently, is just hiring a bunch of staff people to wander around Utah and Mississippi and pick their nose. That's not how you build a party. You win elections. That's how you build a party.
Sound familiar? It's a repeat of the big 527 swindle that Machinists union boss Tom Buffenbarger complained about after 2004:
Their lock-step troika of 527’s spent over $260 million in up to 20 states only to lose 16 of their targeted states.
Now along comes Andy Stern Dean-screaming that the sky is falling. And why? Because John Kerry lost Ohio by 119,000 votes! ...
We knew that the Democrats and their 527’s were wasting millions of dollars trying to persuade the undecided voters in the smallest states of the union.
I keep wondering when some of these unions and other big Democratic donors are going to demand an independent audit, because ever since the crowd got involved, this pattern's been pretty consistent:
  • Rich liberals and unions shell out huge money;
  • "Organizers" and "activists" make a lot of noise;
  • Democrats lose election.
Please notice that the Kossack in Chief doesn't care how much of the Democratic donors' money is being thrown away. Hmmm.

And at (you'll have to watch an ad to see the whole article), Walter Shapiro explains how campaign consultants get rich running losing campaigns. From familiarity with the inside dirt on a few GOP campaigns, I know Shapiro's right: The big money in politics attracts a lot of scam artists and hustlers.

The consultants and strategists get paid up front, whether their advice is good or bad. The top operatives collect a percentage on the campaign's ad placements. The top guys for a big name candidate in a big statewide race -- California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois — are going to cash some fat paychecks, win or lose. A losing candidate with a strong donor base can sometimes pay even bigger than a winner. To get a top spot in a presidential campaign, man, that's Fat City: Start looking at mansions out in Virginia horse country!

We just wrote a book about Democratic Party corruption. We've chronicled all manner of bribery, kickbacks, schemes and scams perpetrated by Democrats over the years. Maybe the rich liberals and unions who keep giving money to Democratic campaigns are sure that none of their money is being skimmed off or misappropriated. But if it's the same old losing story on Nov. 8, 2006, the folks giving that money need to remember this phrase: "independent audit"


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