In a more adult version of "I'm rubber, you're glue," politicians are raking in the campaign cash via "money blurts:"
An up-and-coming politician blurts out something incendiary, provocative or otherwise controversial. The remark bounces around the blogs and talk shows and becomes a sensation.
And in the midst of it all, the politician's fundraisers are manning the phones and raking in the donations.
Consider Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), the tea party favorite and newly minted presidential candidate, who has made a specialty of raising money in the wake of bold and well-placed remarks. Shortly after accusing President Obama of having "anti-American views" during one cable-news appearance, for example, Bachmann took in nearly $1 million.
Interesting choice of words, because whenever I "consider" candidates like Michele Bachmann, that's pretty much in line with the conclusion I ultimately draw:
"It's a great way to attract a very high volume of small donors and drive excitement," said Ron Bonjean, a GOP consultant and co-founder of Singer Bonjean Strategies. "If you're in the money game and you say something controversial, you'll have support from a very energetic core."
So there you have it, would-be politicians of America. As long as you're comfortable with yelling things that may or may not make any sense, the future is yours.