Here’s what I’ve been up to…
…My panel discussion at American University went well (aside from the fact that it took place at 9:45 on a Saturday morning).
Here are a few of the topics we discussed:
– "Bottom-feeder" political consultants who prey on weak candidates.
– How an "end justifies the means" mentality can lead young political operatives down a dangerous path.
– Whether or not the "lesser of two evils" theory is a good one (when determining which campaigns to work for).
– How "negative politics" has always been around. In fact, it can be argued that things are more "tame" than ever.
After the panel discussion…
…Yesterday, I read Army of Davids. Here’s my take: For someone who hasn’t read Toffler, Pink, or Florida, this book could be life-changing. But if you are familiar with the genre, it is still good, but less than "revolutionary."
…Last night, I went to see Thank You for Smoking (warning, this movie link has sound). I give it "2 thumbs up." Anyone who likes this blog ought to go see this movie.
Afterward, I had a drink in Georgetown at the Ritz. Once again, I have found that the atmosphere is a "10" and the service is a "2." Not sure if I will be going back.
In other news, here are a couple of instructive political tidbits I found this weekend:
…When it comes to press conferences, never forget how important the "stage" is. For the GOP, this bad visual (warning: link has sound) is the gift that keeps on giving.
…Should a front-runner agree to debate his opponent? The Akron Beacon Journal’s blog explains why it might not be a winning proposition.