Archive for December, 2006

YouTube: SNL: Gerald Ford eaten by wolves

Friday, December 29th, 2006

It’s okay — you have been given permission to laugh at this.


Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve — see you next year!

Clarification to today’s P-D blog piece

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Jo Mannies’ excellent piece on blogs in today’s P-D contained a phrase (”political consultant”) that should be clarified: As you know from the disclaimer you see daily on johncombest.com, I work for The Vandiver Group, Inc., which is a strategic communications firm. What I do can best be described as communications consulting.

A seemingly minor distinction, I know, but important considering you know how much I love to make fun of “political consultants”.

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Dempsey moves up, but who will take his place?

Friday, December 29th, 2006

The race to fill the safe Republican Senate seat vacated by Chuck Gross will likely feature state Rep. Tom Dempsey versus whomever the Dems can talk into taking the L. (Note: Today’s P-D piece mentions that state Rep. Carl Bearden may allow his name to be considered by the district’s committeepeople as well.)

The more pressing issue for Republicans is finding a suitable candidate to fill Dempsey’s House seat. Dempsey was expected to cruise to re-election by a wide margin in November, but then St. Charles City Councilman Joe Koester went all Ted Knight (RIP) and made it too close for comfort.

With the new campaign finance laws going into effect after the first of the year, look for both parties to experiment with new fundraising and spending schemes throughout the Senate and House races.

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Carnahan’s announcement vs. Blunt’s lack thereof

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Even if Robin Carnahan was never seriously considering taking on Jay Nixon, encouraging such speculation was a smart move. It brought her name back into the political chatter circles during this relatively boring time of year and, most importantly, allows every newspaper in the state to print a piece mentioning her battle with breast cancer, her recent engagement, and her choice to put her party before her own personal ambitions. Name a potential GOP Secretary of State candidate who can top that.

Speaking of candidates with famous last names demonstrating the courtesy of communicating gubernatorial intentions to their fellow statewide officeholders, did you see the quote from the Blunt campaign in the AP’s Carnahan piece?

“The governor is focused on the legislative session that’s coming up and continuing the work of the people. He’s not really thinking about an election that’s two years away.”

See that simple, concise answer? That’s exactly what wasn’t coming from the governor’s campaign — or the governor himself — just two weeks ago on December 12, 2006 B.C. (Before Chrismer).

Already, the ace of the staff is bringing his teammates up to his level.

Good stuff, Rich. Your next objective: Convincing the boss to announce his 2008 intentions sooner, rather than later, for the sake of our party’s statewide candidates. We’re not holding our breath, but we are waiting — and watching.

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