The Republican: George W.'s Ambassador

Gregory Slayton, CEO of ClickAction Inc., is also running George W. Bush's Silicon Valley campaign, and he's convened a group of 30 well-scrubbed executives for a breakfast at Scott's Seafood Restaurant in Palo Alto. Slayton is decked out in a dark blue suit and a SILICON VALLEY BUSH 2000 baseball cap. When he laughs, he throws his head back and rolls his weight onto his heels. He greets guests by simultaneously shaking their hands, slapping their backs and bellowing, "Buddyhowareyagoodtoseeyouman!" Watching him, it's easy to forget that it is not yet 8 in the morning.

Republicans go to work early. This...

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