Read this post by @TheRickWilson.

Because Rick’s a smart guy. And his analysis of the recent House leadership fight is spot-on:

I can say this until I’m blue in the face, but winning this type of inside-the-Beltway fights means running the right campaign, not the one in your head. It means having a plan, because (also, until I’m blue in the face) a plan beats no plan, every time. It means telling a story that influences your actual targets, not the people who already love you. Sure, talk radio, conservative Twitter, and the activist groups revved themselves up, ran at the brick wall, and slammed into it hard enough to cause a concussion in the last 48 hours, but — as usual when it comes to the DC establishment — conservatives played the game wrong.

But I’ll go further. It’s not enough to have a plan: you have to have a goal-based strategy.  Strategy is what you fall back on when your first plan goes pear-shaped, which it will. Plans always go pear-shaped. But if you know what you want to do – and, in this case, I mean something a bit more specific than the basic ‘get rid of John Boehner’ – then you can adapt and overcome, as the military folks like to say.

So. It is time for the gutter war in Florida-GOV.

It sounds like Rick Wilson is not… exactly looking forward to the Florida gubernatorial election. More like he’s serenely aware that destroying Charlie Crist’s political career is doing the Lord’s work:

Tonight as the sun sets in Pensacola, Charlie Crist will be the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida. Yes, there’s a kind of pro-forma primary going on between Charlie and the hapless State Senator Nan Rich, a grating South Florida liberal of the Bella Abzug stripe, but everyone knows it isn’t serious. Crist has been the de facto nominee for over a year, plodding along in his faux-shucks way.

In essence, it isn’t about Crist the candidate. It’s about the Democratic Party. It’s a window into the deep, desperate soul of a state party looking for a foothold back into power. They know Crist is lying to them, and they love it. They know he’s playing them for patsies, and they’re lined up around the block to kiss his manorexic backside.

You’ve never seen such abject fawning for a man they know is a pathological liar and weapons-grade weirdo.

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