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Charlie Black probably wishes he didn’t get out of bed yesterday morning. One of McCain closest aides fed a quote on the record to Forbes magazine saying that another 9/11 style attack would help McCain get elected.

This is a classic political moment. When ‘not for public consumption’ real political manouvreing emerges. Like that politicos’ favourite quote goes, noone likes to know how the sausage is made, they just like to eat it. Everyone with a bit of a political brain will know that Black is absolutely right. George Lakoff has said how the American electorate prefers Republicans when they prioritise security and Democrats when it comes to¬† personal welfare. There’s a reason why Bush focused the 2004 campaign on security issues, Republicans have an electoral edge there. However once it gets published it doesn’t look as good as it is smart.

Probably one of the most damaging quotes in modern politics was that of Labour’s Jo Moore who on the day of the World Trade Centre attacks sent an email around advising that it was a good day to bury bad news as the media would be focusing on the attacks. Now, this is again true, it’s not just Moore, everyone does it, it’s modern news management. The problem is that when her quote was published she lost her job and framed Labour as the party of nasty spin.

Another interesting case was that of Spanish conservative campaign manager, Gabriel Elorriaga. Elorriaga in an interview with the FT right before the May 9 election fed them a quote claiming that the party’s electoral strategy was to promote abstention because that hurt the Socialist Party. Again, great thinking, anything below 70% turnout would have hurt Zapatero, but once he said it out loud it had the opposite effect.

Mistakes like these of Black, Moore and Elorriaga can cost an election easily.


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The Spanish Conservative Party (PP) today started its party convention in Valencia.

After his crashing defeat in the May 9 general election Rajoy has been openly criticised by several high-profile party leaders within PP. The party leaders in Madrid and the Basque Country, Esperanza Aguirre and Maria San Gil, as well as MEPs’ leader Jaime Mayor Oreja have been his most vocal opponents. But they were unable to challenge him with an alternative leadership campaign. However in the last month it’s believed that the ultimate party boss, and former Spanish PM, Jose Maria Aznar was starting to plot against Rajoy after the latter moved Aznar’s speech to the convention to Saturday rather from the closing day, Sunday, to avoid Aznar stealing the limelight.

Well have a close loo at the video. Aznar arrives late to interrupt the convention. Like a rockstar he walks up to take his seat and effusively kisses Madrid President Esperanza Aguirre and shakes hands with everyone, however when he gets to Rajoy he shakes hand very quickly without even making eye contact (don’t even think of a hug to the party leader to show one’s support).

That’s gotta hurt! Rajoy needs to come out of the convention as a strong leader to take on the economic crisis and battle with Zapatero for four long years in Congress. Aznar today has just blown the first day, two more to go and Aznar’s speech is tomorrow!

Have a look at the video, notice Aznar in second 41 kissing Aguirre and then in second 51blowing Rajoy away with all the camera flashes on them. Ouch!

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