A portion from a story in today's Detroit News:
The novice behind Snyder's big victory
New gov's inexperienced campaign manager used military background to plot course
Paul Egan / Detroit News Lansing Bureau
Lansing— When political novice Rick Snyder went looking for a campaign manager, he hired another political novice.
Jeff Barnes, the man behind Snyder's landslide victory in Tuesday's election for governor, had never managed a campaign.
He had, however, commanded tanks and other armored vehicles for the U.S. Army during two tours of duty in Iraq.
Now, just as military experts study the campaigns of Napoleon, Ulysses S. Grant and other great generals to learn from their triumphs, political strategists will likely want a look at Barnes' campaign playbook.
"Certainly, in a combat environment you grow used to pressure-filled situations," said Barnes, 35, whose unit of the 7th U.S. Cavalry was the first to go from Kuwait to Baghdad in 2003.
In military and political campaigns, "you have to run a disciplined yet fluid operation" that can respond quickly and smoothly to changed conditions on the ground and external attacks, said Barnes, adding he shares credit with Snyder's volunteers and paid campaign workers.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20101104/POLITICS02/11040372/1022/local/The-novice-behind-Snyder%E2%80%99s-big-victory#ixzz14KKmQzeO