Robert Shrum on the Political and the Personal

Monday, June 04, 2007

In No Excuses, veteran Democratic consultant Robert Shrum reveals some of the personalities behind the politics. He tells stories from his days campaigning for Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, and John Kerry, and offers his advice to the 2008 Democratic candidates.

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michael from manhattan

Mister Shrum: I and a helluva lot of other Democrats hold you and Donna Brazile personally responsible for the election of george bush in 2000. you have proven your incompetence beyond any and all doubt. glad to see you've retired and written a book -- I'm sure not to buy it. Do us Dems a favor and disappear -- or sign onto the Giuliani campaign.


Wonder why Al Gore and John Kerry lost to an charismatic incompetent like George W.
Bush? They got this kind of advice from Bob Shrum, offered today to Hillary Clinton in advance of the Democratic debate:

She needs to have a script, that takes her a little off script, that makes here look a little spontaneous. That gives a little energy and life to her presentation. She could say something off-beat, for example…. It would make her look less programmed.

Scripted spontaneity! That’s the ticket.

Jesus. Is it any wonder Democrats come off like Robocrats?
-- Tim Dickinson

Jun. 04 2007 12:12 PM

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