First, you need to have a bit of sympathy for John Feehery. He’s attacking Rush Limbaugh because he needs the money.
Feehery sold his soul to the MPAA and they fired him after the Democrats took over Congress. He needs to feed his family. For some people, political prostitution is no great leap — particularly when its a two client lobbyist who fancies himself a political strategist
But Feehery has a history of throwing his own under the bus to make a name for himself. He’s like Nicolle Wallace.
On October 25, 2008, he credited Bob Michel and Bob Dole with the Gingrich Revolution of 1994. I guess he is the only man in America who refers to 1994 as the Michel Revolution.
In the Washington Post he wrote:
Michel was a gracious leader, but to revolutionaries such as Gingrich and DeLay, he wasn’t ruthless enough to seize the majority.
History has proven Gingrich and DeLay absolutely right.
He also, in throwing Tom DeLay under the bus a while back, admitted to being a Republican apologist over Clinton’s impeachment.
Bill Clinton was impeached for three reasons: DeLay, Rudy and Scanlon. . . . My stomach wasn’t in this effort. I couldn’t match the energy of Rudy and Scanlon.
So what can we take from all of this? Well, he’s calling himself a “strategist” when in actuality he is a lobbyist — one with only two clients (NewsCorp and the Interactive Gaming Council).
Given all his handwringing about the icky Republicans and his current state of business affairs, we can more easily conclude he’s trying to build up his image as a bipartisan type of lobbyist to get business in Barack Obama’s post-partisan Washington than that he’s actually any sort of great strategic mind.
It’s just sad that one can get so low in their professional life that they must throw others in their party under the bus to get ahead. Attempting to speak for the GOP as a lobbyist with only two clients really is the height of hubris. It’s also a priceless reminder that the GOP establishment Bob Michel created — the one that embraces the permanent minority in exchange for scrap at the table — lives on.