It all started last week when I saw California Governor Gray
Davis on five talk shows in one day. He was unusually on
message. It sounded like he was on a campaign against Texas. He
used the same phrase about 100 times: "out of state energy
companies from Texas are gouging my state." I knew I
smelled a rat. I was wrong though.
That could only be the smell of two rats!
portrayal of real rats. Not the real thing.
It turns out that Governor Gray Davis just hired the self
proclaimed "Masters of Disaster," Chris Lehane and
Mark Fabiani of Clinton-Gore scandal and Gore 2000 fame. They
are to serve as his consultants on the energy crisis in
California for $30,000 a month.
The constant repetition of the blatant attacks on President
Bushís state and the evil power companies are definitely the
mark of these two out-of-state consultants. I guess the Governor
does need the help though. His poll numbers are horrid and his
reelection is right around the corner.
Chris Lehane and Mark Fabianni are good at what they do. They
know how to get their clients out of a jam by going on the
attack and changing the issue. During the Clinton years they
were responsible for digging up dirt on Senators, Congressmen
and Special Prosecutors who dared investigate the numerous
Clinton scandals including Whitewater and Vince Foster. They did
the same to those who were pursuing Goreís 1996 fundraising
scandals. And donít even get me started on the DUI leak from
Kennebunkport, Maine (Chris Lehaneís hometown).
Oh yeah, and letís not forget their statements during the
Florida recount. Lehane made some waves for saying that Florida
Secretary of State Katherine Harris "was acting in the
finest tradition of a Soviet commissar." Not to be outdone
by his partner in crime, Mark Fabiani called Harris "a
crony of the Bush brothers" who was "trying to steal
this election away."
I canít wait to see the uplifting and positive statements
and energy solutions these two out of state consultants will
bring to the public debate in California. They must also have
some great ideas on solar power and fuel cells to garner such a
hefty fee from the California taxpayer.
$30,000 a month. Thatís a lot of money. In fact, $30,000 is
enough to keep the lights on in an inner-city day care center
for 10 years. Because isnít it really about the children?
Also, $30,000 would really mean a lot to a battered women
shelter. Just think of how many abused women and their families
could be helped with $30,000.
Wow! Just imagine how many California Condors $30,000 could
save from extinction.
This $30,000 doesnít include the numerous polls and focus
groups, which the California taxpayers have the pleasure of also
paying for. You know- the polls and focus groups which are
designed to decipher which words Gray Davis should repeat 100
times on talk shows to convince the voters that itís not the
Democrats or the environmentalists fault that there havenít
been any new power plants in California for 12 years.
Now, Back to the two out-of-state consultants though. I sure
hope they arenít putting additional strain on the lack of
power in California. Iím sure they are conserving energy
during their visit. I bet the two out-of-state consultants use
the cheap gas and only fill the tank half full in their SUVís
when they commute to the California State Capitol for strategy
sessions to review the latest California taxpayer poll numbers.
Past articles about the Rat in question:
Hello! My Name Is Chris Lehane by Deb Weiss
July 31, 2000
Lame, Lame Chris
Lehane, a true
rimbamboo By Nathan Porter, BSNN
Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan
That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America
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