LA Times finally lifts a thin cover to dig up the shallow advertising muscle behind the tea party insurgency. You can bet this paper is much polite. And this investigation much too light:
√ Sal Russo began in 1969 with Ronald Reagan.
√ Key promoter in conservative political circles.
√ Pivotal player in wingnut rising.
√ Started the Tea Party Express.
√ Large database mining.
√ Millions of dollars crafting caustic ads.
√ “He’s a talented political operative who has been doing this a long time.”
√ Cheap commercials at about $3,000 not $30,000.
√ The Alaska boost of Joe Miller. The Nevada boost of Sharon Angle.
√ Delaware backer. Long list of wacky candidate clients.
√ A bus with six or eight people and Sarah Palin, a fundraising machine.
√ Always raising money to run more ads.