Yes, Rick Davis was still affiliated with Davis, Manafort

… and the campaign knew it, since Davis’s salary was paid directly to the firm, which was also collecting $15,000 a month from Freddie Mac for providing, as far as the record shows, no services whatever, in a deal (shakedown) arranged by Davis personally.

Two lessons here:

1. The McCain campaign is a collection of crooks and liars. But that’s sort of dog-bites-man news by now.

2. The wheels are starting to come off; different factions in the campaign are now using the press to settle scores with one another. In this the McCain effort in its death throes resembles the HRC effort in its death throes.

Again, I am stunned by Barack Obama’s phenomenal good fortune in finding one self-destructing opponent after another. But recall Napoleon’s maxim that the single surest indicator that an officer deserves promotion is a reputation for undeserved luck. Or, as Arnold Palmer* put it, “Golf is a game of pure luck. The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

Update Or Gary Player or Ben Hogan. Can anyone provide a source?

Second update A reader reports that Player is the correct source.

He cut an advertisement for some financial firm telling the story earlier this year. As I had heard the story, and he repeated in the ad, he was practicing bunker shots before a tournament in Texas and holed two in a row. Upon which a spectator said it was the luckiest thing he’d ever seen, whereupon Player said …

Apparently the folk process has shifted the set-up line from the spectator to the golfer.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: