With all the brouhaha over the China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s $18.5 billion bid to purchase Unocal, the Times offers an interesting assessment of the players behind the scenes. Which law firm is heading up Cnooc’s lobbying strategy? A lawyer in the D.C. office of Dallas’ own Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld. And who is heading up the media strategy? Austin-based Public Strategies, with one of President Bush’s favorite media guru’s, Mark McKinnon, helping drive the train.