“As hapless as the news media and the Washington establishment have at times appeared as they flail about in the political tempest wrought by Donald Trump, there is another group in the 2016 election cycle that has come off looking at least as bewildered: the campaign gurus of Trump’s Republican opponents”.
“Since Watergate, each new president has been ushered in by his own personal Rasputin.”
When Trump announced his candidacy the “consultants” were bug-eyed over the fact that he didn’t have a high-ticket Svengali “guiding” him. I remember them making fun of this guy Lewdowsky, who had accepted a straight salary from Trump for two or three years (generous) but without a media company open ended contract with bells and whistles and all of his buds sucking off the teat. An example of these “consultants” is Mike Murphy who got !Jeb to pay him 30 million for services that saw Jeb lose his butt, and some ass who turned Scott Walker into a begging machine to donors so said ass could pay himself and his cronies more. When Walkers wife complained he didn’t have time to campaign but only “beg” the consultant ass got up in her face. She of course talked Scott into quitting which meant no money for the ass who then went to WaPo to bitch that she was a dummy and didn’t understand politics. I would say she does understand maybe too well and knows a fraud when she sees one.
Most if not all of the consultants, talking heads, bloggers, writers, think tank chair jockeys, fund raisers, etc are in the tentacled networks of both parties who get PAID. Not only are they all married to each other, they get paid by billionaire donors for committees they sit on, appearances on tv, trash they write for magazine, vlogs, blogs, shitty little books, and climb over each other trying to get attention, stir shit up, and claw to get a few bucks. It beats working. They gossip, float trial balloons, lie, posture, exhibit opprobrium BECAUSE their paychecks are threatened. They are like fleas hopping around biting.
They are the middlemen. And Trump has eliminated any need of them except for the most trivial services. He doesn’t need or want them for scheduling interviews, writing talking points, paying themselves for ad buys from THEIR ad companies, hiring campaign bloggers, or running money begging outfits. Guys like Karl Rove, Rick Wilson, and Mike Murphy LIVE very well off this four year cycle of influence pedaling, blackmail of candidates, and monopoly of media access and agit-prop. They are furious. And soon to be broke. Tapeworms like Bill Kristol, the National Review hate circus bottom feeders trying to keep their (prestigious they claim but they sound like dumped ex-wives out of money bitching in a clatch in the Target parking lot) gig, even that old sack of shit Murdoch see the quadrennial gravy train drying up. Both sides complain about too much money in politics. Who the hell do people think is getting paid? The Donald is squeezing them, depriving them of their lifeblood which is money, and with it their influence. They are as necessary as a third leg growing out of the back of the body politic. Trump doesn’t need to buy ads because he provides “content” for which they sell ads so viewers cans see him blather and opine. Who else can do this? Besides consultant goods and services are inferior, vastly overrated, and everyone got used to them with their grubby hands out, their calculated faux-rage and no one will miss any of them. We may not need campaign finance reform if we just make them all obsolete. Obama was over the moon popular in DC because he paid them. With other peoples money just like in Chicago.