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Wonder If This Person Was An “Operation Chaos” Mole?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 16, 2008

Ho-hum. Another day, another McCain racism scandal comes to light h/t TPM’s Election Central:

A key organizer of John McCain’s meeting Saturday with former supporters of Hillary Clinton is best known for her role in another bitter American fight: The effort by some white descendants of Thomas Jefferson to keep his possible African-American descendants out of family gatherings.


But Abeles first made the news in 2003, when she and her husband, then-Monticello Association President Nat Abeles, led the fight to keep members of the Hemings family — descendants of Jefferson slave and, some historians believe, mistress Sally Hemmings — out of a gathering of the Monticello Association, which is made up of lineal descendants of the third president.

Even better: Abeles assumed the online sock-puppet persona of a 67-year-old black woman, and frequented internet chat rooms in that persona, in an effort to keep Hemming’s descendants from appearing at the Monticello gathering. Paging Mary Rosh!

4 Responses to “Wonder If This Person Was An “Operation Chaos” Mole?”

  1. MEC said

    I have been unable to find any evidence that Paula Abeles was in any way involved in Clinton’s campaign. It wouldn’t surprise me if she’s claiming to be a “former Clinton supporter” just to do a little ratfucking, to create dissension between Obama’s campaign and actual Clinton supporters: “Oh, look, Clinton had racists working on her campaign.” Uh, no.

  2. Exactly. Hence the header. Her connection to the Clinton campaign seems of decidedly recent vintage, and I don’t think it goes back before Rush Limbaugh’s famous call for his fellow cons to sow chaos amongst the Democrats.

  3. PopeRatzo said

    Wait, MEC. You don’t think there were any racists involved in Clinton’s campaign? Did you follow any of the coverage of the primaries at all? Maybe you didn’t get any of the thousands of organized emails that were sent to people who were on Senator Clinton’s mailing list that tried to foster fear of a black man as president? Or maybe you didn’t hear Mrs. Clinton say that Barack “says he’s not a Muslim”.

    You’ve got to be kidding. If any Republican had used any of that race stuff against Barack, they’d have been run out of town. But, thanks to Senator Clinton, they don’t have to worry about any backlash for the most ugly possible racist smears.

  4. MEC said

    You don’t think there were any racists involved in Clinton’s campaign?

    I never said that. I said I couldn’t find any evidence of this particular high-profile racist being involved with Clinton’s campaign. And yet, her role in McCain’s campaign as Leader Of Former Clinton Supporters stirs up all sorts of controversy that will make it harder to reconcile the Clinton and Obama camps. It’s just one of those things that make me say “Hmmm.”

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