GET ON YOUR KNEES …
|| By FITSNEWS || Every four years, three states dominate our two-party process of selecting presidential nominees. And yes, for reasons surpassing understanding, one of those states is South Carolina.
This quadrennial exercise in pandering to the intellectually incurious puts a premium on political operatives in these three early-voting states, which leads to embarrassing episodes like the one described by Philip Elliott of Time magazine.
“A top aide in former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign-in-waiting dropped to one knee and asked a respected South Carolina operative to reconsider her decision to join rival Mike Huckabee’s run at the Republicans’ Presidential nomination,” Elliott reported this week. “Hope Walker, who most recently was the state director for the South Carolina GOP, told her suitor that she was sticking with Huckabee and there was no need for Bush to phone her. Bush communications maven Tim Miller shook his head, stood up and moved onto his next potential hire at the other end of the bar. Miller is still wooing that operative.”
Sheesh … how sad.
We’re not denying Walker – who we’re told “knows thousands of people in grassroots” – is a good get.
But is she – or anyone – worth dropping to one’s knees?
According to Elliott, such demeaning courtships are part of the “new normal” of early-state campaigning, in which operatives are lured to campaigns (or the political groups supporting them) with “promises of access to the candidate, special titles and bloated salaries.”
All in an effort to manipulate some of the poorest people in the country into thinking these candidates care about them … or will lift a finger to help them if elected.
Ah, democracy …