Andrew Malcolm’s piece is about Paul Ryan, I swear. It’s just that there was this fun digression, first:
According to veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, between now and that election day Obama and his skilled team of reputation removers are going to so systematically dismantle Paul Ryan piece by painful piece, such that even his own children will boo him.
And Shrum knows well how this works. After all, he’s led or worked on victorious Democrat White House campaigns for President Dick Gephardt, President Ted Kennedy, President Michael Dukakis, President Bob Kerrey, President Al Gore and, most recently, the winning come-from-ahead campaign of President John Kerry. Oh, wait.
I’m guessing that Shrum owes Malcolm money, or something. No, wait, he probably doesn’t; more likely, it’s because Bob is a shifty little political suckweasel who, as Andrew helpfully notes, has somehow managed to monetize failure for decades when it comes to Presidential elections. Which is… kind of impressive, at least when it’s not causing my side any particular trouble.