(Abridged version of a pair of posts on The Vermont Political Observer.)
Out in Kansas, the reddest of red states, the Republicans are uncharacteristically nervous. Their longtime U.S. Senator, Pat Roberts, might actually lose the election due to a combination of his own lackluster efforts and the emergence of a popular independent.
Sensing trouble, the national GOP has parachuted in a veteran operative to take the reins of Roberts’ troubled campaign.
Corry freakin’ Bliss.
Good God in Heaven.
Bliss, for those with short memories, is widely credited with bringing the Jim Douglas era to a crashing halt by piloting Brian Dubie’s gubernatorial campaign straight into the ground. He’s a prime example of a Republican campaign consultant who loses every time but somehow continues to get new gigs. And I mean every time: Bliss’ record is a stunning 0 wins, 7 losses.
His appalling career includes managing the re-election defeats of a pair of Virginia Republicans, helming the very expensive campaign of pro wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to a 12-point defeat, and managing the unsuccessful campaign of Karen Handel for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia earlier this year. But he’s best known around these parts for piloting the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Brian Dubie straight into the ground. Or, as one informed observer put it:
“Corry Bliss took a candidate that was up 20 points and turned him into a loser by election day,” said Bradford Broyles, a Republican activist from Mendon, a town in the central part of the state, near Killington. “We’re still repairing the damage to the Republican party.”
Bliss ended his Vermont tenure by writing a court-ordered letter of apology to settle a libel suit.
Everywhere he’s gone, he’s been known for his scorched-earth tactics. Often, in the process, tarnishing the image of a politician formerly known as a good guy. Sound familiar, Brian?
After the jump: Corry Bliss’ other new job.
But wait — that’s not all! Bliss has also signed onto Texas Governor Rick Perry’s new political action committee; he’s serving as assistant treasurer for RickPAC. I don’t know why Republicans keep hiring the Joe Bftsplk of modern politics, but his presence at RickPAC should keep America safe from the potential catastrophe of a Rick Perry presidency.