If There Is Something Rancid Going On, You Can Bet This Guy Is There

My favorite portion of the Koch piece that DougJ linked to was the following:

The Kochs also took the Democratic attacks seriously, assembling a crisis communication team including consultants Michael Goldfarb – a former editor at the conservative Weekly Standard who worked on Arizona Sen. John McCain’s 2008 GOP presidential campaign and now works at firm where he represents McCain’s running mate Palin among other clients – and Ron Bonjean, a veteran GOP Capitol Hill press hand and occasional pundit who was a top adviser to Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Trent Lott of Mississippi and former House Speaker Denny Hastert of Illinois.

A new media consultant who worked on the McCain campaign, Soren Dayton, was hired last year to handle corporate issues, while Julie Soderlund, a veteran California GOP operative who worked for Schwarzenegger and the failed California GOP Senate campaign of Carly Fiorina, was retained last week to help with an anticipated barrage of media scrutiny of the conference and the protests, which never quite materialized.

Soren Dayton is a former Red State guy who was the only person that I am aware of to actually cross the line in the McCain campaign and get suspended who later started a blog with “new media consultant” Patrick Ruffini and Jon (“But I’m a libertarian!”) Henke at The Next Right. But the one whose presence cracked me up was Goldfarb, who is basically the political equivalent of metabolic syndrome. If there is something scummy and nasty and bad going on, just poke around and you’ll find him there.

The ubiquitous Nancy Pfotenhauer, also a McCain campaign shill, also gets a mention. Such a quality crew the Senator from Arizona put together.

16 replies
  1. 1
    aimai says:

    Just reading those names–especially Pfotenhauer and Goldfarb–is enough to make me start having uncontrollable flashbacks to the 2008 campaign. Next will be projectile vomiting–if I’m lucky.


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    yes, that team is a crisis, I’ll say. idiots the lot of them.

  3. 3
    Fwiffo says:

    In a way, it reminds me of the Clinton team, specifically, Lanny Davis.

  4. 4
    Alex S. says:

    I’m having serious trouble separating all these hacks in my mind.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    There is a hyphen spill on the previous thread; could someone please clean it up?

    ETA: It’s all better now.

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    But the one whose presence cracked me up was Goldfarb, who is basically the political equivalent of metabolic syndrome.

    Grifters’ gotta grift. What’s your point?

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    Warren Terra says:

    I seem to recall there were a bunch of Pfantastic jokes about Pfotenhauer, or at least about her Pfabulous name, but I’m too lazy to look.

    (My own real name is also easily mocked, so maybe I shouldn’t stow thrones here).

    But, yeah, the idea of going to Goldberg in particular because you think he’ll act as an emollient and really convince non-believers to sympathize with you? That shows a serious disconnect with reality. Or maybe they just don’t care, and are only interested in firing up a base of know-nothing partisans already inclined to support them.

    ETA How is it that these people haven’t hired Lanny Davis yet? Or maybe he was too busy with Laurent Gbagbo?

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    JenJen says:

    I’m personally not going to rest, or be satisfied, until these assholes hire Tucker Bounds.

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    dollared says:

    Careerism. Most powerful force available in an insecure world. This is wingnut welfare at its best.

    President Jeb Bush Jr. will be naming most of these people to the team raising funds for his presidential library.

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    trollhattan says:

    Those bastards, they were happy to have a pretend “crisis” to respond to get worked up over. Help’s prepare them for “Red Dawn–the Musliming”

    I hope the hippies follow them to the ends of the earth, spending copious bags of SorosBux in the process.

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    dr. bloor says:

    That’s like an all-star squad of political hacks. That is, if batting .220 with no power and bad hands makes you an all-star.

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    Winston Smith says:

    OK, so I wasn’t the only person who noticed that this was a list of people associated with losing, crazy candidates.

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    Tim F. says:

    “the political equivalent of metabolic syndrome”

    That snark scores a twelve out of ten.

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    Mac G says:

    I do not remember GOP think tanks during the Bush Administration ever being described like this by media outlets: “White House-allied ThinkProgress blog.”

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    Jebediah says:

    @Warren Terra:

    My own real name is also easily mocked

    Perhaps, but your nym simply rocks.

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    kindness says:

    I read yesterday somewhere, I don’t remember where, that at this year’s League of Extraordinary Galtians conference the Kochs were going to finance ‘henchmen’ to go out and ‘protect’ their interests by going after their political opponents. It seems they were going to do dark ops as well as overt pressure on those peoples employers, etc….essentially just what you would expect someone from Sauron’s dark forces to do.

    I would like to know more on it but it seems there haven’t been any real substantial leaks as of yet. Anyone here hear anything?

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