Open Secrets 7/27/16

Open Secrets is a great tool. Come for the lobbying disclosure reports. Stay to see the DNC selling seats on boards and commissions.

Leaks show DNC asked White House to reward donors with slots on boards and commissions

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  1. Frist!

    Scott Adams think the Democrats have been selling past the close:

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/148050318231/selling-past-the-close

    And guesses that’s not going to go down well with men who aren’t already effectively women.

    On the surface, the convention is going great. Michelle Obama made a speech for the ages. Bill Clinton was his masterful self. Bernie gave a full-throated endorsement of Clinton. The whole affair has been a festival of inclusiveness. The media is eating it like cake. All good, right?

    That’s how it looks on the surface. And if you’re already a Clinton supporter, it probably looks great all the way down.

    And that brings us to a concept called “Selling past the close.” That’s a persuasion mistake. Clinton has already sold the country on the idea that a woman can be president. Sales experts will tell you that once the sale is made, you need to stop selling, because you have no chance of making things better, but you might give the buyer a reason to change her mind.

    Obama understood how to avoid selling past the close. At some point during Obama’s first presidential election campaign the country mentally agreed that an African-American could be their next president. So Obama accepted the sale and talked about other stuff. If he had dwelled on race, and his place in history, he would have risked making things worse. So he stayed quiet on race (mostly) and won. Twice.

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  2. “Leaks show DNC asked White House to reward donors with slots on boards and commissions”

    Bah, ignore all that. What’s important here is Donald Trump wants Communists to rig the election.

    Is this the first time the Democrats have been openly terrified of Russia? Not defending Donald, but I’m amazed at the orgy of “omg Russia is about to invade, the Russian army is about to march and Americans are going to start being arrested based on Russian intel in Donald Trump’s America” going on (it’s 90% of the PlumLine comments presently). Holy mac and cheese.

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