Steve Schmidt, Mike Murphy, and the political consultant-big government complex.
Ahhhhhhh the good life.
As lovingly recorded by the New York Times.
Here’s the Lord of His Manor….
“A baseball cap perched on his head, his eyes sheathed in sunglasses” as he “sipped a Diet Coke and gazed across Lake Tahoe to California… in this most calming of places — the glassine lake ringed by snow-dusted mountains, the late-morning quiet.… riding around the lake in his S.U.V., wandering a pristine beach, puttering around his office, and enjoying a long wine-soaked dinner as the sun set over the lake.”
And when this gentleman of leisure is at hard at work?
There he is walking the “red carpet” at Washington and New York movie openings. Buddying with a movie star at the glitzy black tie White House Correspondents Dinner. Giving this interview to 60 Minutes, analyzing that event for the Atlantic or commentating on something else for NBC’s Meet the Press or MSNBC. In the case of the latter, according to the Times, MSNBC “installed a remote camera in his sprawling rustic home” to make sure he can commentate right from his wilderness base.
Last, but most importantly not least, is his day job. A job that in elite circles carries the always impressive title of “Vice Chairman, Public Affairs” with responsibilities that include being a “senior strategic counselor” on a “global basis.”
Then there’s someone else.
Here we have a media guy beloved by the liberal media. He writes for Time and, like the man above, is periodically summoned to the set of NBC’s Meet the Press to analyze events of the day. In his day job he has advised a string of moderate GOP candidates with names like Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Bob Dole. As well as belonging to firms whose lobbying clients include everyone from National Public Radio (where, coincidentally, he does occasional commentary as well) to all manner of health insurance, pharmaceutical, agricultural, electronics and development companies. Not to mention that he is branching out as a fledgling Hollywood producer.
So what’s new? What’s the big deal here with these two guys, Schmidt and Murphy? (The latter of whom I met years ago and certainly liked).
The big deal is that when Steve Schmidt and Mike Murphy sit down on the sets of liberal television shows and bash Rush Limbaugh and what Schmidt calls “the conservative entertainment complex” — meaning talk radio and Fox News — they wind up sharply illustrating the GOP’s real problem.
To the point: Rush Limbaugh isn’t the problem with losing presidential campaigns. Au contraire. He is the Ronald Reagan of radio.
The real problem is people like Schmidt and Murphy. The real problem is the fact they and so many GOP others make their well-paid livings catering to exactly what the “conservative entertainment complex” spends all of its time fighting: the “political consultant-big government complex.”
Schmidt and Murphy are the political Quislings of conservatism.
Say what? Say who?
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