THE GOOD: First off, I got to meet Doc Sweitzer, the guy who got surprise candidate Michael Nutter elected mayor of Philadelphia. Now, one of the Queen's very best friend heads up the Philly govt entity responsible for the homeless. She had nothing but a stream of bitching about the last mayor -- including the fact that homeless people were actually freezing to death in the winter bc of his incompetence. Well, under Nutter she is moving thousands of homeless people into housing. This is EXACTLY why we do politics -- to get the good guys elected and to take care of those who can't take care of themselves. As Sweitzer said to me, "Yep, I got into this business before it was a business -- there are much easier ways to make a living." GO SWEITZER! Warrior Queen agrees completely.
THE BAD: It seems over half the folks here are from other countries. So ... we are clearly exporting political consulting and campaigning AS IT EXISTS NOW to other countries. Not necessarily elect-the-good-guy-from-behind-Michael-Nutter kind of consulting, but the get-rich-on-TV-advertising kind of consulting. Since this is a bi-partisan event, possibly the "do-we-count-the-hanging-chad" kind of a thing. YIKES!!
THE UGLY: Talk about get-rich-quick -- the giant scary industry of hangers-on here in the exhibit area (of which we are [GASP] one). Do ya need a database-opinion research-robocall-geeky sign-buncha buttons-strange new technology-campaign ad-campaign manager or [EEK] on- and off-line media consulting firm (that's us, dear reader) ?????
OKAY THEN -- where does that leave us? Well, as our wonderful C&E guy Tim said, all of these options give us better ways to reach people, engage them in the process, and get down into the fab rough and tumble of no-holds-barred democracy. (Well, maybe I paraphrase a bit.) After all, say what you will, there are the Nutters among the political class who -- get this -- SAVE LIVES by being elected.
WHAT DO YOU THINK, DEAR READER? Truth? C&E spin? Or just a great way for the Queen to placate her conscience about her high billings? Let us know.... Ciao ciao for now...