One of Lou’s close associates, who has been rewarded well for his loyalty to Lou, told me that the only thing that really matters in a campaign is money. Now, I hate to be cynical, but I’m wondering if he was not correct.
What can money buy? Billboards, flyers, people to write letters, people to canvas on the telephone and in person, probably much more. I think of this in the context of this comment from an earlier posting:
Lou has retained a Washington DC political group called Kennedy Associates. They are strictly Democrat spin masters – and they are adept at creating mud-slinging campaigns.
Money buys consultants to conduct market research, fashion a message, define a public persona (one that may have no basis in reality), and to portray the opposition as Satan’s surrogates. Lou may have retained a Democratic firm; the Republican firms or no better and, in the opinion of this Democrat, maybe worse.
But where does the ability to buy these image-makers and masters of public manipulation leave us voters? Are we so susceptible to fabrication and spin that all it takes to be elected is enough money to buy the services of an expert PR firm? What should we expect out of Lou’s spin-machine? Interesting how letters are appearing conferring various degrees of sainthood on old Lou. Are they genuine or signs of his paid PR experts warming up? If this high-powered firm has a game plan for him, what are we in store for? In the last election, Lou’s people rode in on Obama’s coattails with the help of some very ugly politics of personal destruction fomented by Lou. Somehow, I don’t believe this campaign is going to be any better. Hold on, we’re in for quite a ride.