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Friday, August 10, 2007

Useless Insider Crap

Admittedly, since I worked with both of them in the last two months of the Green Campaign, this news couldn't help but make me wonder if words were exchanged on some level between Rick Wiley and Jill Latham about this.
Rudy Giuliani's camp is circulating a data-heavy memo seeking to heighten expectations for Romney at Ames on Saturday.

"Assuming Governor Romney’s Iowa operation is as good as it is said to be and based on expected turnout, internal data, and polling trends, it is likely that Gov. Romney will have at least 24,000 supporters at the Ames Straw Poll," they write, adding that Romney ought to win by an 8-1 margin over their nearest opponent.

A Romney adviser scoffs at the gambit, calling it "hysterical."

"This is the funniest thing I've ever seen," observes the Romney source, pointing out that 24,000 votes would be "nearly four times more voters than" then-Gov. Bush won at Ames in 1999.

Bush got 7,418 votes.
For the 2006 cycle, Rick Wiley was Executive Director of RPW. Jill Latham was his right-hand gal as the State Party's Political Director.

Now Wiley's "National Deputy Political Director" for Giuliani; Latham is Romney's Iowa Political Director; meaning she's one of the Four-Star Generals who have to run the Romney operation to ensure victory in the Ames Straw Poll.

Meaning in short: It's her ass on the line tomorrow.

If I was them, I would have probably come out with two facts if you want to play back and forth (not that you should this close to the event):

1) No GOP Presidential Candidate has ever won the nomination without at least taking part in the Ames Straw Poll. (Rudy, Fred, and McCain are all skipping it.)

2) Silence from the Peanut Gallery!