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New media, Rick Santorum, Iowa and tiny dinosaur brains

 You couldn't help but laugh when Republican political operative Mike Murphy offered this comment during Sunday's Meet the Press when he was asked what will happen if Rick Santorum does well in the Iowa caucuses.

 "The media works like Jurassic Park dinosaurs, 30 feet tall, huge teeth, with all due respect, not always the biggest brain, and it follows movement," said Murphy. "And when it sees movement, Rick Santorum, it stomps over there and tries to eat Rick Santorum. And that's what next week is going to be like."

 You gotta love Murphy. He can spin the hell out of you and be combative but Murphy is always fun to be around and he often knows what he is talking about.

Crowley Political Report first met Murphy in New Hampshire in 1996 when the then 34-year old was the mastermind behind the plaid-shirt wearing campaign of Lamar Alexander.  Poor Lamar failed in 1996 and again four years later but for Murphy it helped kick-off his career as a Republican media master.

Murphy helped Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and others become governors. He has had less luck with presidential campaigns. Still, politics has made Murphy a rich man and he remains a shrewd observer of the media.

His dinosaur comment was a brilliant observation - especially of the past year's coverage of the presidential campaign where the national media lurched from one candidate to the other often on the thinnest evidence of viability.

Michele Bachmann became a serious candidate because of the Ames, Iowa straw vote. Really? 

Was Herman Cain really a viable candidate or did the polls simple reflect the new direction of the thundering herd of dinosaurs stomping in his direction?

And now, of course, everyone is simply shocked that anyone in Iowa is paying attention to Rick Santorum?

And poor Newt Gingrich, will the thundering herd head his way again?

After the caucus results are in, we'll find out quickly which way the dinosaurs are heading.

Which brings me to New Media. Warning: if all you are doing is following the dinosaur herd, you are not really adding to the conversation, you're just making stomping noises.

 

 

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Steve Eldridge

Rick Santorum has a long history of being a major player in the inside the beltway Lobbyist game.

Did everyone forget?

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