Thursday, December 14, 2006

"Oh Will Pitt... they're talking about you..."

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This is TOO FUnnie!!! Normally when I view DUmmie threads in my DUFU auditioning process, I look upon them with a detached professional eye. In this case I uncharacteristically burst out laughing and pounding my computer desk. It has to do with the incredible CONFESSION of personal incompetence on Tuesday by our favorite DUFUable DUmmie, William Rivers Pitt. His confession has now made it into NewsBusters (and Google News). Therefore, a future prospective political campaign employer merely has to check Google News to see that Pitt has disqualified himself from any future employment in that arena due to his self-declared incompetence. And now the DUmmies have featured that same NewsBusters story in this THREAD, "Oh Will Pitt... they're talking about you..." As yet there is no reaction by Pied Piper Pitt to this story. However, I don't see how he can get angry over the revelation of his incompetence since the person making this accustion was William Rivers Pitt. Surprisingly, few DUmmies got outraged over this NewsBusters story. Instead many of them are using this story to also accuse the Dennis Kucinich campaign of incompetence. So let us now watch the DUmmies discuss Pied Piper Pitt's very PUBLIC incompetence in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, wondering who the author of that NewsBusters story is since he name sounds vaguely familiar, is in the [brackets]:

Oh Will Pitt... they're talking about you...

[And laughing AT you...]



"Dennis Kucinich Presidential Kickoff Buried Under Avalanche Of Media Obama Worship

Posted by P.J. Gladnick on December 13, 2006 - 17:18.

[P.J. Gladnick---That name sounds so familiar yet I still can't quite remember him.]

Talk about bad timing. Dennis Kucinich yesterday announced that he will be running for the Democrat presidential nomination in '08 and almost no one noticed. No wonder. It was impossible for Kucinich to get the least bit of attention focused on himself because most of the media was in the midst of an orgy of Obama worship even though the junior Senator from Illinois hasn't even officially announced that he is running for president. In case you think things couldn't get any worse for the Kucinich campaign, they do. The day before Kucinich made his announcement that almost no one noticed, his former press secretary made a startling confession of personal incompetence and declared that Kucinich might not be qualified to become president because he was clueless enough to hire a press secretary with absolutely no ability such as himself. In case you think this is a skit for a comedy show, it's not. You can read for yourself the confession of incompetence by William Rivers Pitt at the Democratic Underground:"

[In a way it IS a skit for a comedy show. The DUmmie FUnnies Comedy Show.]

Pitt is Kucinich's press secretary?

[WAS. Pitt WAS Kucinich's press secretary in 2004 until he was forced to leave after a couple of weeks under "mysterious circumstances."]

What happened?

[Will Pitt was so incompetent that he didn't realize that it is unethical for the press secretary of one campaign to feed inside info to a rival campaign.]

If you read the linked article, it quotes Pitt as to what happened.....

[Pitt confessed his own incompetence and now the WHOLE WORLD KNOWS.]


[And HERE.]

There was a high turnover rate of staff on that campaign.

[Pied Piper Pitt lasted a couple of weeks so he had more longevity than most.]

The entire staff of NewsBlusters... Should wish they were as incompetent as the good Mr. Pitt. After all, did he not write the single most prophetic book on the Iraq war, extant? Hmmm?

[After all, did he not accurately predict the indictment of Karl Rove last May 12? Hmmm?]

LOL Funny but Will has a point.

[That he's utterly incompetent.]

I missed that thread. Will Pitt was the third for fourth press secretary Kucinich had. More importantly, look at who he hires as campaign manager. He had two different ones in 2003/04. Neither of them were remotely qualified for the position. Additionally, he drove away or fired the few qualified campaign staff he did manage to hire. His second campaign manager had never worked on a political campaign of any kind at any level. Dennis needs to stop being paranoid and hire someone qualified to manage a campaign. If he can't do that, then his failure will be his own fault and he doesn't deserve the efforts of supporters who take his campaign more seriously than he does.

[Kookcinich '08!]

Can I ask how he chased the competent people away? What happened?

[Sh*t happens.]

I'd rather not get into the details of what happened. But those who watched his campaign closely or were part of it saw the few people he started out with who did have real-world campaign experience leave, one after the other. They were generally replaced by people as unqualified as the campaign manager. If Kucinich hires a qualified campaign manager this time, I might take him seriously. If he hires the same person, or another person who is equally unqualified, then I don't think he is taking his campaign seriously so neither will I.

[So if he hires Will Pitt again, I guess we can go ahead and write off his campaign?]

And if a guy isn't able to choose competent people to run his election campaign...I'm not sure I want him in the White House choosing ostensibly 'competent' people for much higher positions.

[I'm trying to envision Pied Piper Pitt as a White House spokesman and I am conjuring up a lot of laughter.]

He seemed to do a great job in '04 for a guy that was villified as an "elf, wooden and weird looking." I met him at a big rally and he can really turn on a crowd and he answers questions honestly and is neither as short or weird looking in person as he seems to come off on the Tee Vee Screen.

[On the Tee Vee Screen Kucinich comes off as a weird looking elf but in real life he appears as studly as the Terminator.]

I'm not sure that any of the old stories about his campaign managers are still online. I'm not finding any yet. But, there were several stories when he hired his second campaign manager and they all pointed out that the first had almost zero campaign experience and the second had absolutely zero campaign experience. Yes, he did have the option of choosing someone at least nominally qualified but he preferred people who he felt closer to personally.

[Ah but the third campaign manager had LESS than zero campaign experience.]

Since I'm posting anonymously, any claims I make about personal experience won't have credibility anyway. I would just strongly suggest to anyone supporting Kucinich that they watch who he hires as campaign manager. If he hires another person with no campaign experience as manager and in other top positions it will suggest that he didn't learn from his mistakes in 2004. It will also mean that his campaign will be the organizational disaster it was in 2004 and it will be his own fault when he loses. Personally, I'm not willing to invest time and money to support him like I did in 2003/04 if he isn't willing to take his campaign seriously enough to hire a decent manager and pick up the phone to raise money, which is another thing he didn't do last time.

[Maybe Will Pitt should apply to be the Kucinich campaign manager this time. Remember, Pitt only said that he was incompetent as a press secretary. He hasn't been given a chance to display his utter incompetence as a campaign manager. Give the guy a chance.]

hmmm...Freeper Trolls run off and do their dirty work. Trash Kucinich and yet one wonders if he's that insignificant why would they bother.

[You caught us. We so desperately fear a Kookcinich campaign that we are now trying to kill it in the cradle with mockery thanx to ample aid from one William Rivers Pitt.]

Look, as much as I agree with Kucinich on the issues, you simply can't win if... you don't even hire a competent staff. If your senior staff has a higher turnover rate than a McDonald's fast-food joint, something's wrong.

[William Rivers Pitt would be equally incompetent at flipping burgers at Mickey D's.]

Someone like Dennis has a hard enough time getting traction without him screwing it up himself with a horribly disorganized campaign. I met some very good people who worked on Kucinich's campaign staff. Most of them didn't work for him very long.

[Were they as incompetent as Will Pitt?]

P.J. Gladnick? I recognize that name from my Usenet days. Gladnick was a worthless schmuck with a bottomless amount of time to spend on right-wing trolling*. Mr. Pitt shouldn't take this seriously, and neither should anyone else.

[Mr. Pitt shouldn't take his own confession of incompetence seriously.]

Well, shooting the messenger doesn't address the message. Will Pitt's confessional is very real about working for Kucinich's staff. Pitt had no real experience at all with respect to PR work.

[And this DUmmie WINS a Kewpie Doll for having a brief moment of mental clarity!]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, PJ, you have done the political blog equivalent of hitting a Scrabble triple word score with "vortex!"


11:15 AM  
Blogger Icarus said...

Yo, P.J.:

Just in case you missed it, in that thread in which Skinner outlawed all the tinfoil conspiracy crap about Tim Johnson, there's a dork fighting with Slick Willy Pitt who SERIOUSLY deserves a Kewpie Doll for the comment re: Pitt:

"Well Will, I suppose I should be grateful that you were succinct for once

Instead of your usual 10,000 word stupifying essay beating a subject to death whilst heaping on the sacherine.

By the way, still trying to force Kerry down everyone's throat just because you were so star struck in the presence of big name like Al Franken and they like you they really really like you?! Or more likely they used you, they really really used you."


4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have any pictures of Pitt fully clothed? I'm sick of looking at that idiot's belly.

10:13 PM  
Blogger PJ-Comix said...

Hey! We used photoshop to give him a slight tan. A vast improviement over his normal fishbelly white skin with the unhealthy pallor.

5:40 PM  

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