Grapevine: Crash course in Obama campaign strategy

Campaign vets holding pricey sessions


Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Spreading the Wealth

Two architects of President Obama's campaigns are sharing their knowledge and experience for a price.

$3,500 will get you a crash course in campaign strategy and another $1,500 guarantees an unpaid Democratic campaign gig compliments of consulting firm 270 Strategies.

Volunteering for a campaign is common, but paying to do so has upset even some progressives. Former field staffer Mikey Franklin told BuzzFeed -- quote -- "It's shameful that 270 Strategies are throwing their progressive values out of the window...How will we win for the 99 percent if we only recruit the 1 percent?"

A Matter of Faith

Atheists are smarter than Christians according to an online quiz for a psychology class at Ohio State University.

The quiz -- provided to Campus Reform by one student asked -- quote -- "Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125. Which statement can you expect to be true?

The correct choice was -- "Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian."

The student said -- quote -- "I understand that colleges have a liberal spin on things so it didn't surprise me to see the question...But how can you measure which religion has a higher IQ?"

OSU said the questions for this quiz were generated by the textbook publisher and called that particular question misleading.

What Could Go Wrong?

And finally, a multi-million dollar project to cultivate soybeans in Afghanistan seemed like a good idea four years ago.

But an IG report obtained by the Center for Public Integrity shows the project may have been doomed to fail from the get-go.

After all, the climate in Afghanistan is incompatible with soy production, and, perhaps more importantly, many Afghans don't even like soy products.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the IG said the poor results -- quote -- "should have been expected."

Instead, American taxpayers are $34 million in the hole without having raised protein levels in Afghan diets.