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Dirty Tricks, Nixon And Romney Editions

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 16, 2012

From Watergate – The Untold Story:

The Senate investigation later provided more detail about the effectiveness of the covert efforts against Muskie, who in 1971 and early 1972 was considered by the White House to be the Democrat most capable of beating Nixon. The President’s campaign had paid Muskie’s chauffeur, a campaign volunteer named Elmer Wyatt, $1,000 a month to photograph internal memos, position papers, schedules and strategy documents, and deliver copies to Mitchell and Nixon’s campaign staff.

Other sabotage directed at Muskie included bogus news releases and allegations of sexual improprieties against other Democratic candidates – produced on counterfeit Muskie stationery. A favoured dirty trick that caused havoc at campaign stops involved sweeping up the shoes that Muskie aides left in hotel hallways to be polished and then depositing them in a dumpster.

From Buzzfeed, June 14, 2012:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s guerrilla tactics continued Thursday, as the campaign bus circled the venue where President Barack Obama will be speaking this afternoon.

As it passed the assembled throngs of supporters awaiting entry to the event at Cuyahoga Community College, the bus honked its horn dozens of times, before circling around to do it again. Obama supporters jeered and booed each time the bus passed the line outside of the security screening area.

The Romney campaign has routinely deployed aides to infiltrate events featuring Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who wait online like regular supporters, but once inside spin the media live.

The story goes on to show Tweets from Romney campaign functionaries — including Romney’s own press secretary, Zeke Miller — approving of these actions.

4 Responses to “Dirty Tricks, Nixon And Romney Editions”

  1. List of X said

    Thankfully, Mitt’s tactics is just child’s play compared to Nixon. And that was, literally, child’s play.

    • Charles II said

      The tactics of Mitt’s backers, however, are not child’s play.

      They control the media, and they use it as a very powerful propaganda tool. What they did to Clinton over Lewinsky and to Al Gore over the pseudoscandals (“Buddhist Temple”, “invented the internet”) was exactly what the CIA does in foreign countries to disrupt elections or bring down a government.

      I’d put Obama’s odds of re-election at the lowest of any incumbent president since Poppy Bush, which is astonishing considering he has actually reduced the number or wars, increased employment, and lowered taxes. Without the media, he’d have a lock.

      • No kidding.

        For instance: Even Woodward and Bernstein depict Nixon’s ordering the Cuban Plumbers to blow the safe at Brookings as Nixon’s wanting to get at a file LBJ kept that that described why LBJ handled the Vietnam War the way he did, when in fact what the file really held was the information President Johnson had found on how Nixon sent Kissinger and Anna Chan Chennault to sabotage the 1968 Paris Peace Talks — information that, if Nixon was a Democrat, could and likely would have been used to hang him on charges of high treason.

      • List of X said

        Oh yeah, I can agree that Mitt’s backers have a death grip on media (often disguised as “objectivity”). And I agree that Obama chances are undeservedly low in part because of that. It’s just that Romney’s tactics so far consist of lying and childish pranks, but not yet physically breaking into White House to sabotage Obama. Of course, with GOP sabotaging everything from Senate and House, they don’t even need to break in.

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