Ever since the 2004 advent of YouTube and the 2006 "Macaca moment", in which former Virginia Senator George Allen's political career (and presidential prospects) were brought down by the opposing campaign's video "tracker" who followed his every move, the job of following an opposing campaign with a camera has become pretty prolific in sophisticated campaigns. But because this job's not-so-secret, the subjects of these videos have gotten better at controlling the kind of footage the trackers can capture.
Case in point: Yesterday, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Austin, Texas. When Gov. Rick Perry went to attend a fundraiser put on by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, whose chairman was involved in soliciting donations for Perry earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s team sent a videographer to capture his entrance.
Upon arrival, Perry must not have been so hot on the idea. One of his entourage jumped out and approached the cameraman, blocking the shot.
The campaigns must really be feeling the holiday spirit — as evidenced by this very professional (almost friendly, even) exchange between two staffers from opposing political camps. Here's a loose transcript of their exchange:
Hutchison Guy: How’s it goin’ man?
Perry Guy: What’s goin’ on, man? How ya doin’?
(PG obstructs camera)
PG: Good. I’m just gonna stand here for a second, so…
HG: That’s fine…
HG: …Do what you gotta do.
(They shake hands.)
PG: Yep. You gotta do what you gotta do. See ya, man.
Gotta hand it to these young Republicans for not letting a bitter battle between their bosses get in the way of polite pleasantries on the street.
TT writer Reeve Hamilton contributed to this post. Thanks Reevo.