Here’s a pro-tip* for Bob Shrum: if you’re going to try to marginalize and mock a US Senator (to the point of calling him “buddy”), make sure that you have the right info first.
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.
It’d be awful if the Democrats were to take Bob Shrum’s advice about how to salvage the 2010 elections by having the President give “a major speech that redraws the dividing lines.” God help the Republican party if Obama ever decided to break with tradition and do one of those. We’d all be doomed.
PS: By the way, if you’re wondering how seriously you should be taking Bob Shrum, consider this: last year by his own admission Shrum was working under the assumption that the Republican party “would be punished in the midterms.” Meanwhile, last year I was talking about how getting back the House of Representatives was in fact a realistic goal for the GOP. But then, I’m of this country, while people like Shrum generally seem to act like they’re merely from it.
Crossposted to RedState.