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Apr 24, 2008

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Fec

Thanks. It's not a bad song. They really should dust off a retired general or two and some maimed veterans for the movie.

Tony Wilkins

Ed,
Smith has put $4M of his own money into his campaign. I don't understand the correlation between "fiscal conservative" and paying for Greenwood's assistance during his campaign. Would you have been okay if he paid...maybe...$50,000?

Tony Wilkins

Apparently Lee and Fred thought it was humorous when I asked if I could join Lee on stage:
http://www.busybeingbornblog.com/?p=73


Joe Guarino

I don't remember it being an object of derision when Greenwood sang the song in observances after 9/11.

But I do remember last week certain ABC news moderators being criticized for the so-called trivialities and petty matters on which they focused during the Obama-Clinton debate.

Ed Cone

I found GBTUSA just as mawkish and uninspiring in the wake of 9/11 as I have at other times, for whatever that's worth.

Fec

The song is a time machine back to a rare moment of righteous indignation. That all ended with the criminal act known as Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tony Wilkins

No answer to my question Ed?
Is there any dollar amount that you consider acceptable for a ""fiscal conservative" to have paid for a campaign theme song or are you saying you don't agree that he pay anything at all?
It's a legitimate question based on your statement above.

Signed for transparency,
Chairman, Media Committee
Member, Executive Committee
Precinct Chairman
Guilford County GOP

John Hood

Actually, Tony and Ed, your disagreement is unrelated to reality. Smith did not pay Greenwood $100,000 for a song. Most of what the latter was doing for the former was campaigning across the state in the 100-county tour. It's fair game to question whether the $100,000 would have been better spent buying gross-ratings points on the air, but at least it might be wise to debate what actually happened.

Ed Cone

Thanks for the clarification, John.

I don't have a firm figure in mind, Tony, but paying Greenwood any large sum for a theme song and services contract for a doomed campaign seems unwise to me, in terms of aesthetics, finances, and strategy.

Would Greenwood be willing to cross the state in support of another candidate who shelled out $101K?

Joe Guarino

My recollection is that Greenwood said Tuesday night he is contacted by numerous campaigns around the country (and will be working on behalf of McCain later this year). He said he chooses who he will "tour" with based on who he is compatible with personally and philosophically. But he is there to entertain.

Not quite the same as Obama's use of Oprah, but there are some similarities. Some of us are not big Oprah fans; and felt the Obama campaign's use of Oprah was a bit much.

Ed Cone

He said he chooses who he will "tour" with based on who he is compatible with personally and philosophically.

And financially, apparently.

Hence my question about touring for another candidate with $101K.

Tony Wilkins

Ed, when you say "doomed campaign" are you writing off the Fred Smith campaign at this point?

Tony Wilkins

Michael Buffer may be the highest paid campaign worker in the DEM'S camps this year.

Ed Cone

I'm saying I would be surprised if Smith wins the nomination, and slack-jawed with amazement if he wins the election.

Fec

Being a small impediment has been an honor.

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