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Mason Bails On Emmer: File This Under “Rat-&@#ers Leaving A Sinking Ship”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 13, 2010

This little bit of news is most interesting:

A top consultant who helped Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman win elections says he has left the campaign of GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.

That would be Tom Mason.

And who is Tom Mason? Let valued FDL commenter (and longtime DFLer) Sara explain:

By the way PW — did you notice that Tom Mason walked out on the Emmer Campaign? I always laugh at the mention of Tom Mason’s name, it reminds me of that fantastic 1990 Wellstone ad, where he taps the BMW in the Boschwitz staff parking area, and says “nice car” — that was Tom Mason’s car. Just the name makes me laugh. For those not into ancient DFL symbols and all — Tom Mason managed Rudy Boschwitz’s campaigns in 84 and 1990 and again when Boschwitz got a return match against Wellstone in 1996 — and he ran Coleman’s campaigns in 2002 and 2008. Mason is the author of the strategy of turning Paul’s Memorial Service against the DFL in 2002 in the wake of the plane crash. Nothing I like more than hearing on MPR that Mason, who was running Emmer’s campaign this year, has decided to sit this one out.

Ah, yes. In other words, Tom Mason is very likely the reason you’re reading this right now.

Let me explain: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Al Franken, blogs and blogging, blowback, GOP bullying, GOP/Media Complex, Minnesota, ratf*cking, rats deserting the sinking ship, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer | 5 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on August 13, 2010

All sunbeams belong to Alexander.

Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging | 6 Comments »

And In News That Surprises Me Not At All

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 13, 2010

Aryn Baker, the author of the Time magazine cover story exploiting a facially-disfigured teenage Afghan girl as a pretext for keeping US troops in Afghanistan, turns out to have massive conflicts of interest which she failed to disclose:

The piece lacked a crucial personal disclosure on Baker’s part: Her husband, Tamim Samee, an Afghan-American IT entrepreneur, is a board member of an Afghan government minister’s $100 million project advocating foreign investment in Afghanistan, and has run two companies, Digistan and Ora-Tech, that have solicited and won development contracts with the assistance of the international military, including private sector infrastructure projects favored by U.S.-backed leader Hamid Karzai.

In other words, the Time reporter who wrote a story bolstering the case for war appears to have benefited materially from the NATO invasion. Reached by The Observer, a Time spokesperson revealed that the magazine has just reassigned Baker to a new country as part of a normal rotation, though he declined to say where.

How convenient.

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