Friday, January 4, 2008

Now that's funny

Remember old Ed Rollins, the Republican campaign manager that swung ex-Gov. Christine Todd Whitman's surprise election in 1993 by using $500,000 of campaign money to bribe Democratic GOTV workers and black pastors to persuade their congregations to say home from the polls?

Now off the bus -- again -- from managing the 2006 Senate bid of wackjob Katherine Harris of stop-counting-Florida-votes fame, Rollins is managing presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the great theology pretender.

Old Ed is one leopard who doesn't change his spots. He has been plotting dirty tricks to KO fellow GOP contender Mitt Romney, the magic pants Morman. It just doesn't get much funnier than this. Rollins told the Washington Post that he relishes the underbelly of politics.

"To me, hitting somebody, knocking somebody down, is a great feeling," he said. "Firing out a negative ad just feels amazing."

Speaking on Fox Thursday night, just after networks declared Huckabee had won Iowa, Rollins said he was "happy to confirm" another piece of his overheard conversation -- that Rudy Giuliani's campaign was "done" and that the former New York mayor was "hurt terribly by those police cruises with his girlfriends," referring to reports that Giuliani's third wife received NYPD security details before their affair even became public.
So that's how the word probably got out to media about how generous New York City taxpayers were in entertaining Giuliani's then-mistress, even before he surprised his wife and kids by bringing the secret lover home for Christmas. After all, Encyclopedia Mittanica hangs out a different basket of Giuliani's dirty laundry.

Update:Ewastud rightly points out I buried the original link that's the basis for this post. It's this post Thursday by Town Hall's Amanda Carpenter. Then, Fox News interviewed Rollins about it, and, boy, is Rollins steamed!


ewastud said...

I have yet to hear of Democrats' dirty political tricks, disinformation, and smears being exposed. Are there any? The disinformation campaign against Obama about his alleged education in an Indonesian madrassa as a child was blamed on Clinton by Faux News and right-wing media pundits but more likely was a product of the dedicated GOP smear machine, and intended to hurt them both instead.

It seems that GOP political operatives are Ground Zero for illegal and unethical political campaign tactics, much of it inspired from operatives of the Nixon and Reagan campaigns: Donald Sigretti and Lee Atwater. These were the evil "masters" from whom people like Karl Rove, Rod Shealy, and others learned their "craft."

On the PBS program, NOW, tonight was an excellent presentation and discussion of the history of political dirty tricks, disinformation, and smears.

If dirty trickster Ed Rollins is working on the Huckabee campaign, it appears that he will run into stiff trickster competition from another veteran Atwater student involved in the Mitt Romney campaign (whose name I forgot but is mentioned by Will Folks in his interview with David Brancaccio of NOW. Folks blames this same GOP political operative for the smear against McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary campaign).

I highly recommend tonight's segment of NOW.

ewastud said...

I just found this link from Buzzflash about a conversation reportedly overheard in an Iowa restaurant of Ed Rollins speaking of Romney and other GOP candidates. I don't know how reliable this is coming as it is from