Let's face it: Pretty much nobody knows what to do about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. To even begin to assess your options, you need very specialized knowledge that few people have, and even then it doesn't appear to be much help. This doesn't stop untrained political consultants and elected officials from criticizing President Obama. Take Rudy Guiliani:
[Obama] should have gone there, should have been there more than twice. He should have been leading the charge from the front. ... He should have brought in the best experts. He should have set up a team of independent advisers to be advising him directly.
The most glittering star in the Republican firmament, whose every Facebook update and Twitter missive sets journalists' laptops humming, who is currently embroiled in a feud with her next-door neighbor (now that the kid who knocked up her daughter has temporarily faded from view), who has one best-selling book and another on the way, not to mention the six-figure speaking fees and the gigs on two different cable networks, doesn't actually hold a job. In fact, neither do most of the other probable 2012 GOP contenders, the ex-governors and ex-congressmen, now politically famous for being famous.
Energy giant BP has hired a Washington-based, bipartisan political consulting firm to produce its new aggressive national advertising push, including a national TV spot released Thursday, CNN has learned.
Sources familiar with the arrangement say that Purple Strategies, headed up by veteran political consultants Steve McMahon, a Democrat, and Alex Castellanos, a Republican, produced new advertisements now running on both television and in newspapers.
A while back, the Obama administration tried to convince Joe Sestak not to run in the Democratic primary against Sen. Arlen Specter, suggesting that it might give him some sort of position on an unpaid commission. Republicans have been torn by the question of whether this rather mundane bit of political deal-making was just worse than Watergate, or might actually be one of history's greatest crimes. Jonathan Chaitmakes a good observation about this issue: