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New Media Republicans Shovel the (Elephant) S*** in “Commie Country”

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(UPDATE: Speaking of the McDonnell-Abramoff connection (also, remember this?) – promoted by lowkell)



My god, how did I manage to actually watch this steaming pile of well…this. Heh. But seriously, if you want to hear the crystallized essence of Republican self-congratulatory (masturbatory?), delusional, “we-did-it-all-by-the-sweat-of-our-bootstraps-and-no-thanks-to-the-evil-government” rhetoric, you definitely want to watch as New Republican Media Strategies welcomes Bob McDonnell to their headquarters in Arlington, or what they like to refer to as “Communist Country.” (By the way, I was there in 2008 a couple times for Democratic speakers – Jim Moran, Aneesh Chopra – but apparently they haven’t had any progressives, liberals or Democrats speaking in a couple years now; what’s up with that?)

First, we get Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO of the pro-Republican Northern Virginia Technology Council, and also a candidate for the 1993 Republican Lieutenant Governor nomination (she lost to total right-wingnut Mike Farris, who was in turn crushed by Democrat Don Beyer). Kilberg proceeds to push the bald-faced lie that Bob McDonnell “produced a $403 million surplus.” Kilberg also pushes the myth that the success of Northern Virginia’s economy is 100% the result of the private sector, specifically the technology industry. Of course, she glosses over the part about how the federal government accounts for almost all of that (as Alan Simpson might say, “sucking off the federal…uh, teet”). She takes a shot at the Obama administration for the budget deficit, which of course is a wild oversimplification as well. She praises the “exceptional pro-business climate” and “AAA bond rating” of Virginia, but manages to give no credit to Mark Warner or Tim Kaine, who were mostly responsible for pulling Virginia out of the ditch the last Republican governor, Jim Gilmore, left us in. In sum, what a bunch of, well…this crap.

Next, we get New Republican Media Strategies CEO Pete Snyder. For those of you who aren’t aware, Snyder is a big-time Republican (was senior political director for Frank Luntz, polled for Rudy Giuliani, “regularly appears as a conservative commentator and marketing expert on the Fox News Channel”), donor to Virginia Republicans, and “free market” (aka, corporate welfare, trading off political connections) proponent who I hear plans to run for Virginia Lieutenant Governor (or possibly state legislature) in 2013. Given all that, Snyder’s speech doesn’t disappoint, giving McDonnell credit for singlehandedly producing the (mythical) $400 million not-a-surplus. Following that howler, Snyder proceeds to give shoutouts to his “special people” – Secretary of Commerce, Delegate Dave Albo (R- Booze, Abuser Fees), Del. Barbara Comstock (R-Blinded by the Right), Del. Jim Lemunyon (R-Oakton), and believe it or not Fred “Jew Counter” Malek (also, what on earth are Del. Patrick Hope and Del. Mark Keam doing at this travesty?).

Snyder then proceeds to gloss over the fact that the federal government was largely responsible for creating and nurturing the internet and communications infrastructure that makes Snyder’s business possible. He even makes a lame, but apparently de rigeur, joke about the internet being created in “Al Gore’s basement.” Hahahahaha. Ha. Oh, and the whole reason why Snyder’s business has expanded is because of (his) “hard work”, as opposed to: a) the federal government creating and maintaining much of the technology and infrastructure he uses; b) clients like the warm-and-fuzzy “Clean Coal” crowd (note: I hear they moved their staff way to the right when they got that contract), not to mention the Jack Abramoff/Northern Marianas Islands slave labor/Roy Blunt/Tom DeLay connection). Ee gads. “Hard work” indeed. More like trading off of their ties to powerful, unscrupulous, Republican lawmakers.

Finally, Bob McDonnell gives his usual spiel about “free enterpise” (translation: corporate welfare), pursuing your dreams (translation: trading off your connection to powerful, albeit corrupt, politicians), the “private sector” (translation: federal government investment and corporate welfare); etc., etc. Frankly, I zoned out through most of this, except perhaps for McDonnell’s comment about “drinking Virginia champagne” – now that’s something I can drink to! As for the rest, you’d have to be drunk to actually take this elephant you-know-what seriously.

  • Dan Sullivan

    Why did I watch it all? Where are the messages of Democratic Assembly members countering the fables? Or are they afraid they might not get along if they don’t go along?

  • petesnyder

    Lowell – apologize for the drive by post here, but I must say I have no idea what you were drinking last night, hopefully, Virginia wine – but it seems you might have been hitting The Virginia Gentleman a little hard before you penned your post that was chocked full of more errors than the Nats infield.  You’ve been a guest in our home at NMS several times and have been a friend to many NMSers both past and present over the years, so I’m a little puzzled as to where this rant is coming from.  Did we fail to invite you to the event on Wednesday?  You have been invited to nearly every speaker series that we’ve had over the years. So if you didn’t receive an invite, my apologies – it was clearly an oversight on our part.  That said, if you had any questions about the event or in any remarks, why at a minimum didn’t you call or email me for clarification?

    A few things that I think you are missing in your earlier post or you simply may be unaware of (again, sorry in advance for a longer post that I’d usually do, it’s just that you have so many items that don’t mesh with the facts in yours): over the past three years, we’ve had six public officials come and speak to our team at NMS.  Five of those six have been Democrats.  Governor McDonnell was the first Republican elected official to address our company in its 11-year history.

    The event with the Governor on Wednesday was a non-partisan, official event.  We at NMS invited nearly every elected official in the area regardless of party. While we were disappointed that our own Congressman, Jim Moran (who has been very kind to NMS over the years), was unable to attend, we were thrilled that our State Senator, Mary Margaret Whipple, was able to join us.  I would have acknowledged her in my remarks, but she had to leave before the speaking part of the program began.  She was kind and gracious to come and is welcome at NMS any time she would like to return.

    As far as our clients, we are proud our work for Clean Coal technology.  It is one of the more than eighty industries that we are fortunate to work in (remember, we are a business and we think business is good).  While I understand your views on the issues, especially given your your work for the Natural Resources Defense Council, not everyone – let alone those in your own party, including Senator Mark Warner and Senator Jim Webb — see the issue your way.  Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigned strongly for clean coal technology in the 2008 primary and remain supportive today.  Most people believe that clean coal technology should be part of the mix as we all seek to push to alternative fuel technology and wean our country from its dependence on foreign oil.  

    Clean Coal technology or no Clean Coal technology, we are hiring in a major way at NMS these days (and I wish we would have had “help” landing that work from pols, but better yet, it was just hustle from our team).  Thus, Wednesday’s celebration of our new HQ and more than 40 jobs that were created at NMS so far in 2010.  While most companies in the area that engage in public affairs are reading the tea leaves for November and skewing their hiring to the right, we are looking for Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and just about anything in between.  So if you know talented folks who want a good paying job at a company that looks after their own, please send ’em our way.  If we hire them, we’ll send along a finders fee.  Even in this market, good talent is hard to find.  

    While I am a huge believer in free enterprise, Lowell – go back to the video – I go out of my way to sing the praises of DARPA – which everyone knows was a government program – in highlighting the rich history of the Internet in the Commonwealth.  The private sector creates the vast majority of jobs, Lowell, but any sane business person in the area knows that the government (both local and federal) is a key player in making our technology community so robust. Again, if you were interested in facts vs pushing attacks, you would know that I spoke – in glowing terms – of the fantastic and long-term “partnership” that we have had with the Commonwealth of Virginia over the years. And it’s only getting better.

    As for me, while I’m flattered that someone with your political acumen would be thinking of my future, I’m under contract right now and fully committed to my team at NMS and our parent company, Meredith, (I just signed back up and am really psyched about it) so you’ll have to wait a while if you want to get me into the arena.  

    Last but by no means least, your race-baiting smear (that I see you have since removed) was simply beneath you, Lowell.  Come on, I’ve followed you for quite some time and I think you know you crossed the line on that one.  New Media Strategies is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities constitute large portion of our workforce at New Media Strategies as African-Americans make up over 8% of our team.  In our 11 years of operations we have never had an issue with turnover (voluntary or involuntary) with minority employees.  Again, Lowell, not only did you have your facts wrong, but you stooped pretty low by inserting a race-baiting smear in your post. Kind of devalues your whole argument, which upon examination, doesn’t seem to be rooted in much fact or truth anyway.  Nevertheless, you made the right call to remove it.

    So where does that leave us?  An equal opportunity employer has the sitting Governor of Virginia, who is a Republican and becomes the first GOP elected official to address NMS at a non-partisan, government event with a bi-partisan guest list that included nearly every elected official in the area regardless of party affiliation to highlight a successful partnership between a small, but growing company and the Commonwealth that has resulted in jobs growth over the years.  If that’s “crap” as you say, this region and this country needs more of it.

    P.S. As far as your “Commie Country” title…I think 2009 election results suggest that this area is much more tolerant of diverse political views that your title suggests (or others may have suggested on the campaign trail – yes, I know its tongue-in-cheek…) and many people previously thought.  My guess is that holds true this November as well.

    Lowell, both the private sector and government (in this case, the McDonnell administration) are doing good things to turn this region around.  That was the point the Governor, Bobbie Kilberg and I made in our remarks.  That I believe is the point you are ALSO trying to make – that the private sector and government need to work together – and that was what Wednesday’s visit to NMS was all about.  Hope to talk with you soon.  Both you and diverse opinions are always welcome at New Media Strategies.

    Pete