The complete lack of a sense of shame among the leaders of Unity08.com continues to astound me. Unity08 is, for those of you joining in the middle of my seven-month-long series of posts, a registered corporation with the plan to nominate its own candidates for president and vice president of the United States of America in one year’s time. Well, as I was saying, Unity08 shows no shame in its hammily hypocritical mode of communication. Today, I got me a little old letter in the e-mail inbox. It contained the following wee paragraph:
Unity08 has a simple and very different approach. Let’s take our country back from the bundlers, the handlers, the lobbyists, the consultants and the political “leaders” who empower them.
Bundlers. USA Today writes that “‘Bundling’ has long been used by partisans and special interests to undercut laws aimed at limiting the political clout of individual contributors…. All that’s required is for a few well-placed supporters to press co-workers, family members and friends to donate…”
Co-workers, family members and friends? Co-workers like Ben Goddard of TheHill.com, who not only wrote an embarrassingly fluffy piece drooling over Unity08 like it was a new kind of candy, but also contributed $1,000 to Unity08 himself, and acted as a founding member of political public relations firm Goddard Claussen along with Unity08 Rules Co-Chair Carolyn Tieger? Or family, like $5,000 donor Richard C. Bailey of 8787 Woodway Dr. Apt. 1203, Houston, TX 77063-2424, who is Unity08 Co-Founder and fellow donor Douglas L. Bailey’s brother? Or $5,000 donor Janice Christensen, who lives with fellow $5,000 donor and Unity08 Co-Founder Roger Craver at 3 Bens Way, Chilmark, MA 02535? How about $5,000 donor Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, who is both married to $5,000 donor and Unity08 member Rules Committee member Peter Ackerman, and a co-worker of his at Rockport Capital? How about friends, like Sam Waterston, who is an old friend of Unity08 Co-Founder Gerald Rafshoon and who agreed to star in a series of televised endorsements of Unity08?
There are just dozens of such examples in the records. And yes, I’ll be examining these in greater detail later.
Handlers. A handler is someone who tells someone what to say, when to say and how to say it, in order . Handlers can stand in official capacities, like Hamilton Jordan, who made his mark in politics as Jimmy Carter’s White House Chief of Staff. Handlers can serve also in advisory capacities, like political public relations professionals, such as Unity08 Chief Operating Officer Anya T. Harris, Unity08 Communications Director Shane Kinkennon, Rules Committee Co-Chair Carolyn Tieger, and Co-founder and shadow CEO of Unity08 Jim Jonas.
Lobbyists. You mean registered lobbyists like Unity08 Rules Committee Co-Chair and Chief Unity08 Lawyer Thomas C. Colllier, and Rules Commitee member Sayuri Yamada Matthews?
Consultants. There’s a great deal of overlap here with “Handlers,” but let’s just mention a few more names we didn’t include above. Consultants acting as Unity08 leaders include: Unity 08 Co-Founder Gerald Rafshoon, Rules Committee member Valerie Syme, Rules Committee member Michael Turk, Unity08 Co-Founder Douglas C. Bailey, Unity08 Co-Founder Roger Craver, and Unity08 Founders Council member Nicco Mele.
Political “leaders” who empower them. That would be the president and vice president whose election the above people plan to manage.
Not counting the assorted college kids who have been sprinkled into the Unity08 Rules Committee and Founders Council to make the organization look grassroots, a large majority of Unity08’s leaders are Bundlers, Handlers, Lobbyists and Consultants.
So what is Unity08 saying here? Two options:
Option A) Unity08 is a movement of bundlers, handlers, lobbyists and consultants dedicated to removing the power of bundlers, handlers, lobbyists and consultants in politics by engineering the election of its own presidential ticket.
Option B) Boy, you little people are such schmucks, we bet you’ll never notice. Snicker, snicker, M___ F____s!
Which option do you think is more plausible?