Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tompkins' Opening "Shot"

Write this date down - November 20, 2006.

That's the day Mitt Romney's newly-minted S.C. consulting team of Tompkins, Thompson and Sullivan started lobbing Campaign 2008's first grenades at U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Appropriately enough, "The Shot," a blog run by Tompkins' flunkie Mike Rentiers (formerly a Joe Wilson staffer and RINO campaign manager) published this post yesterday attacking McCain for a comment he made to ABC's George Stephanopolous on the subject of homosexuality.

We all knew this garbage was coming. Like the tides, the swallows returning to Capistrano or South Carolina choking in close football games, it might as well have been chiseled in stone long ago or told to Keanu Reeves' girlfriend in one of those Matrix movies.

After all, "attack sleaze" is the only thing Warren Tompkins and his stable of minimally adequate consultants (Heath Thompson, Terry Sullivan, Rentiers, Wes Donohue, Jason Puhlaski, etc.) are capable of producing. Oh, and the sleaze has to be targeted to a dwindling segment of the electorate that votes exclusively on social conservative issues, because if you're talking about anything else, these guys are as worthless as tits on a bull.

Of course, if the basis of your campaign is calling your opponent a fag-lovin', baby-killin', Jesus-hatin' liberal, then Tompkins is your man.

True, the "Tompkins Method" worked on McCain in 2000 when Panderer-in-Chief George W. Bush was running hard right to social conservatives, but three key factors make it highly unlikely that the "Method" will have the same effect this go-round.


In 2000, the "Straight Talk Express" was the "Little Engine that Couldn't" in South Carolina, an insurgent campaign taking on the anointed frontrunner George W., a candidate who had huge advantages in cash and in-state institutional support. Today, McCain is the candidate with the most money and the biggest in-state GOP network - including many former Bush supporters. In the immortal words of Rick James, "the tables have turned!"


Tompkins and his slime factory can light McCain up all campaign long on hot-button social issues like homosexuality and abortion, but the fact is their candidate has a history of flip-flopping on these very issues. That's poison not only to the same GOP fire and brimstoners they're courting, but also to moderates who don't appreciate hypocrisy. To put it another way, there's really only one candidate in this race who should fear getting busted open like a pinata in the eyes of social conservatives, and it's Mitt Romney.


We wrote a controversial blog called "The Impending Fall of J. Warren Tompkins" back in April prior to the primary elections, essentially making the argument that his predictible bullying tactics in support of exclusively social conservative issues were all used up on the South Carolina electorate. Tompkins then proved us right two months later when both of his well-funded statewide candidates failed to make it out of the GOP primary. One of them, State Sen. Greg Ryberg, spent $2 million on his campaign - a good chunk of it on anti-gambling commercials and mailings that targeted the GOP's social conservative base. Of course the fact that Ryberg, like Romney, had a bit of a consistency problem on the very social conservative issues he was advancing ultimately came back and bit him in the ass. Hard.

Seriously, Warren. Can you at least try something new? Just for a minute? Just the tip? Just to see how it feels?

Being so consistently and unambiguously right about you and your moron factory's burgeoning incompetence is getting boring.


Anonymous Mittrosexual said...

Top 10 RINOs - Republicans in Name Only - Mitt Romney is ranked #8

Ranked by the editors of Human Events 12/27/05


3:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tompkins is OK in a back room as lobbyist. There is NOTHING he want do to advance his clients interests. And so, with no one watching...he can do what is needed. But in the clear of day, he is an idiot...and not even in the top tier of consultants in SC.
I WAS a Romney man...but I jumped ship when Romney went with Tompkins

3:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can somebody please tell me what the criteria is for being a RINO? Is it based on social issues or economic issues?

3:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't Rentiers first foray into the world of deceptive, secretive wonketeering. Let us not forget the lies he and his fellow TTS flunkie Preson Grisham spread during the GOP Treasurer's Primary this past June. The Palmetto Voice lives on!

3:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need a drum roll by Neil Peart...with RUSH on backup for this thread...

5:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much did the McCain Exploratory Committee pay for this blog post?

Awful early for this kind of negative attack among the inside baseball sorts.

Romney must be considered a threat.

5:25 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...


Romney is indeed a threat - to citizens like us who'd rather our politicians not be a cross between game show hosts and televangelist hacks.

And the McCainiacs haven't coughed up a dime. Don't you Tompkins' kids know that Will Folks only accepts imaginary clients?

Enjoy your service,


7:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will NEVER vote for old "Jowls" McCain, and I know a lot of people who feel the same way. Despite all the hand-waving, that wannabe conservative doesn't have a snowball's chance in this state.


10:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very special link for all of mccain-iacs out there.


10:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heath Thompson minimally adequate? J.C. you're more insane than we thought.

11:54 PM

Anonymous bo said...

Viva El Presidente Romney!

9:51 AM

Anonymous HCB said...

"True, the 'Tompkins Method' worked on McCain in 2000 when Panderer-in-Chief George W. Bush was running hard right to social conservatives." Yeah, I guess if you believe the McCaniac/Democratic myth inspired by what some Spartanburg mom said her teenaged son told her....

And "Pander-in-Chief" on social issues? It's not called "pandering" if you're *actually* more conservative than the other guy. It's called "outflanking the son of a bitch and sending him back to Arizona to make up stories about why he lost in South Carolina."

10:50 AM


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