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The disillusionment of the Geeks over the Dean campaign’s sudden metamorphasis is going to start really kicking in. Remember when Time’s Joe Klein called Dean a “flagrantly political anti-politician”? Well, now you know how Klein keeps his day job.
First blow: Consumate insider Roy Neel. Now, talk on the ‘blogs about Joe Trippi taking – as is standard procedure for a campaign consultant – a 15 percent commission off the ad buys he made. Back in the Old Country (Washington, D.C., to you), where they don’t much like Dean, there’s been talk about this and the relationship that Trippi’s firm, Trippi McMahon & Squier had with Dean on ads. The firm’s involvement could mean Trippi was getting paid twice, inside and, if he rejoins his firm, on the outside. “This revolution will be televised,” thundered one long-time pol in an email back in December. He wasn’t kidding but, an experienced campaign money guy, he knew the rules. Trippi stood to make a lot of money on TV. And, it seems, he did just that.
Glenn Reynolds aka Instapundit has some links up to this discussion which, if I know Geeks, should explode by this time tomorrow. The blogosphere still has a lot to learn about the sheer mechanics of politics and the ignorance of this state of affairs – and Big Media’s bland accecptance of Trippi’s arrangement as business as usual – is yet another chasm to breach. Most political commentators on the web didn’t realize that Trippi was – legitimately – getting paid a lot of money for his service. They’re surprised. But this is the dirty little secret of modern politics. The consultants get paid off the ad buys. And they get paid NO MATTER WHAT, win or lose. That’s why they’re always so happy looking. That’s why TV is so important. If it weren’t for television ads, no one would be there. And I mean that in all senses of the word.
So it seems that Trippi picked up a few tricks besides a love of TCP/IP and its networking power while he was out here in Silicon Valley during the Internet Bubble. As they say down on Sand Hill Road: “No conflict. No interest.”
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