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Beebe’s Bargain

The AP’s Andrew Demillo joins The Great Pay Raise Debate of ’09 in this sharp analysis piece. Last week, lawmakers passed a 3.85 percent pay raise for state officials, which Gov. Mike Beebe duly signed into law before cleverly—and sanctimoniously—announcing that he would forego his raise. What a guy!

I said here and here that it was a politically savvy move, and argued that Republican lawmakers should have turned the issue to their advantage.

And hey, look at that, if you read down into Demillo’s piece a bit, you come across this:

And there’s little likelihood voters are going to grumble about Beebe’s action, said David Kinkade, who was communications director for Asa Hutchinson, Beebe’s Republican rival in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Kinkade said Beebe’s decision may have been a stunt and may have been empty, but it was still good politics.

“If you think about the way that people are going to process the information, what they’re going to see is a headline that the Legislature passed raises for state officers and the governor declined his,” Kinkade said. “That’s about as far as people are going to read.”

A headline that Kinkade wrote on his political blog, The Arkansas Project, sent a message that he said Republican legislators who backed the pay raises can take from the governor’s move: “Mike Beebe is One Million Times Smarter Than You.”

And that’s a bargain at any price.

A public official declining a pay raise is smart politics? Of course, that never would have occurred to anyone! Why, Kinkade, what a genius you are for explaining things that would be blindingly self-evident to an eight-year-old. You’ve done it yet again!

Anyway, that’s the best part of the article, naturally, but you should still read the whole thing.

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3 thoughts on “Beebe’s Bargain

  • Cameron Bluff

    Just when I begin to actually believe The Arkansas Project/David Kinkade is where I want to go to get my news and my “slant” on the news, Google pops up and says that TAP and DK are probably sources of malicious adware and malware and underware and all kinds of other ware and I should BE-ware and definitely A-ware of the type of site I am visiting. Of course, there are places out on the www now that say that it was all a mistake and a joke and not to be believed, but how can that be.

    David and TAP – what am I to think now…???

    I need to hear from APG – is David malicious?

  • Fourche River Rex

    Oh, Kinkade, stop tooting your own horn. If I remember my Catholic school lessons correctly, tooting your own horn will make you go blind. And, speaking of blind, only a blnd man couldn’t see that this was a top-notch political ploy. Thus, I can only assume that our Republican legislators are blind, because they sure didn’t see it. Ergo, they must be chronic horn tooters.
    Hooray for Dave in the news! Huzzah for the Arkansas Project! Pray for us, St. Mike, now and in the hour of our debt! Huzzah!

  • David Kinkade

    We still haven’t gotten to the bottom of it, but I have reason to believe that the worldwide Google shutout yesterday was actually an elaborate conspiracy to target this site and this site along. I’m pretty sure it was engineered by Phillip and Tina Sherman because I’m hot on the trail of those nude cell phone photos. Is there no end to their villainy?! Can they be stopped?!


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