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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What Oppo Looks Like

At Buzzfeed, Andrew Kaczynski reports:
A document found online by BuzzFeed appears to be John McCain's entire, 200-page opposition research file — or “book” — on Mitt Romney from 2008, the year they were bitter rivals. Segments of the book have been posted on, but this the first time the document has been shared for public consumption in its entirety.

Meanwhile, the Huffington Post reports:
But the book doesn't quite match the thoroughness of the 500-pager on Gov. Rick Perry obtained by The Huffington Post. The Texas-sized tome was furnished by the super PAC Texans for America's Future and created by Texas Democratic campaign consultant Jeff Rotkoff.
 Who knows? It might be useful again one day.
It was originally made by Link Strategies for Perry's 2010 gubernatorial opponent Bill White (D). The book amounts to a deep dive on the governor's tenure. Its authors were prescient in their focus, providing thorough forensics of his Perry's job creation record and his personal wealth accrued through shady land deals, both of which have become notable issues in the 2012 campaign.
Some of this is old news. HuffPost has covered the land deals, and the job-creation record. And before Perry started talking about "vulture capitalism," there were stories on HuffPost -- and elsewhere -- on the governor's crony capitalism. But the book is worth a read as the best, obviously-slanted, document of the governor's decade in office. 
Rick Perry Opposition Research Book