Grave-Diggers’ Pay

Hey, have ya heard all the Beltway buzz about “Boston” being a rolling ball of panic-stricken, back-stabbing madness? Not true, it seems: WaPo’s Dan Eggan reported last night that according to a FEC filing, the Romney campaign is so pleased with itself that it paid its top brass sizable performance bonuses just after the Republican National Convention.

Today Politico‘s Tarini Parti reports these bonuses were actually planned compensation for Romney’s earlier primary victory. You know: pay-for-performance, the Bain Way and all.

If, however, you buy my (and as noted this morning, Ron Brownstein’s) theory that the campaign’s strategic decisions during the nominating contest are precisely the source of Mitt’s problems in the general election, then maybe those bonuses are premature. Reckon there’s a “clawback” provision if everything goes south on November 6? After all, if these fine Republican political professionals are being rewarded for the often-dirty effort to bury Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, perhaps it’s worth a reconsideration if it turns out they were digging Mitt’s grave as well.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.