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For Conant, the Spinning Starts Early

By Michael D. Shear
The pre-speech spinning began well before the sun came up, helped along by Republican National Committee press secretary Alex Conant.

From his home in the District's Adams Morgan neighborhood, Conant starting hitting "SEND" at 7:12 a.m., pushing out his daily dose of partisan spin to hundreds of political and media subscribers in a daily ritual that helps fill inboxes around town and provides subscribers with BlackBerry reading over coffee.

"Will it be different this year?" his first e-mail asked, noting that after last year's speech by President Bush, Obama said: "Each year, as we watch the State of the Union, we see half the chamber rise to applaud the President and half the chamber stay in their seats.... Imagine if next year was different."

The e-mail went on to document what Conant says are promises that Obama has broken about Iraq, lobbyists, earmarks and bipartisanship.

His next e-mail, at 8:08:07 a.m., was quickly followed by four more in rapid succession, each highlighting articles about President Obama with a decidedly negative spin.

"CT - Questions raised about Rahm Emanuel's housing arrangement in D.C." Conant passed along from the Chicago Tribune at 8:08 and 17 seconds. "ABC - Staffing Headaches Hindering Treasury at Crucial Time," popped up at 8:08 and 17 seconds.

"Politico - A high expectation, one year later," came in seven seconds later, followed by "McCLATCHY - Big stimulus bill sparks long-term fiscal fears" at 8:08 and 31 seconds and "AP - Obama's deficit goals count on rosy assumptions" at 38 seconds after.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 24, 2009; 11:12 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Republican Party  
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Alex Conant is pretty cool...although, I'm not sure if he's really "spinning" information if his emails contain forwarded articles from sources such as the AP and ABC News.

Posted by: pschafer01 | February 24, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Does the "R" party of traitors, back stabbers, and end of days kooks actually pay this moron a salary? No one cares what he thinks, writes or says because it's all hot air coming out of a the butt end of vacuum cleaner .... collects a lot of dirt and tries to turn it into news. It's almost like political alchemy.

Posted by: pookiecat | February 24, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Bush and Obama is that Bush was a president for 51% of the country, Obama is attempting to appeal to a much broader swathe. Obama has to be careful because he appealed to those of us who are appalled by the partisan politics that was so natural to his failed predecessor.

Content and not ideology is what will restore this country to greatness.

Posted by: Gator-ron | February 24, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anyone feel sorry for Alex Conant? He must be awfully badly bruised from bouncing off the walls every day.

Posted by: duGarbandier | February 24, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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