Remember Ron Fournier, former AP DC bureau chief, pom-pom waver for Karl Rove and tire-swinging purveyor of donuts with sprinkles? He left AP for Crain’s Detroit in 2016, but in a weekend column at The Post, Fournier claims to have been drawn back into politics thusly:
For years as a political reporter in Washington, I wrote about the public’s disgust with the U.S. political system and predicted the rise of a third party and outsider presidential candidates. I railed against the Republican-Democratic duopoly and chased the mythical “white knight” who would put country over party — and then put the two major parties out of business.
I was hunting a unicorn when I should have been herding reindeer…
Having left Washington for my hometown of Detroit two years ago, I have been drawn back into politics by the pragmatic elegance of Unite America’s mission. Rather than attempt to start a third party from scratch, the group is targeting states where a small number of elected independents can create disproportionately influential governing coalitions in narrowly divided legislatures.
In an amazing coincidence, Fournier left Crain’s earlier this year to join a Michigan PR firm as president, and that firm represents Unite America:
Ron Fournier, a former reporter, editor and publisher, is president of Truscott Rossman, a Michigan public relations firm. Unite America is a client.
The client must be thrilled that its flack was able to place an advertorial in The Post. Fournier also boasts helping Trump-supporting business clients carve out exceptions to ruinous Trump tariffs, etc.
That’s how the game is played in DC, and few people know that better than Fournier. But it’s a bit rich that Fournier is fronting an organization that declares:
We’re building a movement to elect common-sense, independent candidates to office who can represent We, the People – not the party bosses or special interests.
Sounds like a No Labels-style ratfucking scam to me, and if this campaign succeeds in siphoning off votes from righteously angry people in the midterms, the result will be further entrenchment of corrupt Republicans — and more carte blanche for Trump. That’s the “one weird trick” Republicans have left up their sleeves.