August 3, 2005


DeVos selects former Bush strategist as senior adviser (The Associated Press, 8/03/05)

A former campaign strategist for President Bush has signed up to help Dick DeVos in his bid to become Michigan's next governor.

Matthew Dowd is the DeVos campaign's new senior adviser, the campaign announced Wednesday. DeVos, a Republican, wants to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm in the 2006 election.

Dowd was a strategist and pollster for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the 2004 election. He previously was senior adviser to the Republican National Committee and was director of polling and media planning for Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.

Dowd is a Michigan native and still has relatives in the southeast part of the state, the DeVos campaign said.

Michigan is a state that the GOP has to be thinking it can shift to the Red column, has two winnable statewide races in '06, and is a place where John McCain did well in '00, so you'd expect to see the national party and the Senator put significant effort into it this cycle.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2005 9:09 PM

Is this serious? I was shocked and amused to see with my own eyes, on my way to an interview with Ed Meese, that the Heritage Foundation has an Amway distributorship IN THE BUILDING, but I never thought the Republican Party would sink so low as to let pyramid schemers become their candidates.

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at August 4, 2005 12:00 AM

FDR won four times.

Posted by: oj at August 4, 2005 12:05 AM

Ron Brown was Secy. of Commerce.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 4, 2005 12:06 AM

Multi-level marketing is NOT the same as a pyramid scheme - although it's easy to disguise a pyramid scheme as MLM.

In the case of Quixtar/Amway, they are CLEARLY a legitimate MLM organization.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 4, 2005 2:29 AM


They make a profit and provide a service that consumers, if not East Village cognoscenti, might want, hence the Rick Perlsteins of the world see them as evil.

Posted by: bart at August 4, 2005 7:50 AM

How long has Amway been around? 20 plus years. Do illegal pyramid schemes last that long?

Posted by: Bob at August 4, 2005 9:36 AM


"illegal" is a cheat. :)

Posted by: oj at August 4, 2005 10:13 AM

I look forward to seeing how multi-level fundraising actually works.

Posted by: Ed Bush at August 4, 2005 10:17 AM

Amway has been around for at least 40 years.

guess the SS pyramid scheme is ok with our resident marxist.

Posted by: cjm at August 4, 2005 12:38 PM

Besides the folks at Amway don't sell soap, they sell hope.

Or so I've heard.

Posted by: jefferson park at August 4, 2005 1:22 PM

Yeah, it's the "selling hope" part that turns MLM into pyramid schemes.

Selling product, good, selling an opportunity to sell a product, bad.
The former has repeat customers, (hopefully), the latter runs out of suckers to turn into distributors - for a fee, of course.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 6, 2005 2:51 PM