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Lee Atwater – Evil Man and His Boy, Karl Rove

How did we get here? Who is responsible for the Republican coup that lasted all of these years? The stretegist of our great national nightmare was Lee Atwater. He was a man without morals. He started out with Karl Rove and lost election. He ended his life fearing he was going to hell. If you don’t know about this monster, then you don’t understand how the Republicans have been running their campaigns and the country.

A new movie has been made on this evil man, “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story“.  The movie is reviewed on NPR by John Powers and discussed on Talk of the Nation. You can listen to these pieces here:

A “guitar-picking rascal from South Carolina,” in the words of documentary filmmaker Stefan Forbes, Atwater could seem like a conundrum: He could share a nightclub stage with legendary bluesman B.B. King on the one hand while masterminding “vile and racist” political dirty tricks on the other.

This man did terrible harm to our country. His legacy lived on in John McCain’s campaign.

November 10, 2008   No Comments

John “Tiny Tim” McCain – The Undecider?

Wesley Clark spoke the truth last week in an unfortunate way. He said that being shot down and held captive and tortured does not necessarily endow one with the skills to run a country. He was slammed for this and he should have foreseen how such a comment would have played in the press. McCain slips into his role as Dickens’ Tiny Tim whenever anyone criticizes him. He opens his closet, drags out his crutches and looks pitiful. It’s tiring and predictable.

Wesley Clark spoke the truth. McCain couldn’t run a lemonade stand. An article in the New York Times today about the relentlessly poor management of the McCain campaign supports Clark. From the New York Times:

Senator McCain’s campaigns have long been defined by internal squabbling and power plays, zigzagging lines of command and a penchant by the candidate for consulting with former advisers without alerting current ones, always a recipe for disquiet.

McCain is the boy who never grew up. He’s immature and that’s the irony of this campaign. The younger man, Obama, is the more mature candidate.

McCain’s staff is now dominated by the disciples of Karl Rove. That’s profoundly disturbing and it means that the campaign is going to be very nasty. Horrible things will be done and said by this staff and “Tiny Tim” McCain will hobble to the microphone on his crutches and say he doesn’t believe in that and won’t tolerate it and it will continue to happen. He’s done that for his whole career. He plays it one way in front the camera in his “Tiny Tim” character and then he does the opposite when the TV lights are turned off. Pardon me for saying this, but the only thing possibly worse than four more years of Bush is four years of McCain. Or, should I say, Karl Rove, part deux. From the Times article:

Mr. Rove is not directly involved in the McCain campaign, but his presence there can be seen in the number of his protégés who now hold central roles there. Mr. Schmidt tops that list; coming in a very close second is Nicolle Wallace, who was communications director for Mr. Bush in 2004 and in the White House.

All of this intrigue breeds discouragement among even those former McCain associates who do not dispute the notion that voters now might be getting an early glimpse of the messy, unstructured way in which a McCain White House might be managed. They are hard-pressed to explain why Mr. McCain tolerates this — or encourages this — or why he has trouble cutting ties with people who have not served him well over the years.

“I can’t answer the why,” said John Weaver, who was one of Mr. McCain’s closest advisers before being forced out in a shake-up last year. “It is just that way and for his own sake, he needs to finally, firmly decide where he wants to take this campaign.”

July 8, 2008   No Comments