March 6, 2005

Political skullduggery

The recent bizarre and completely off-the-wall attempt to blackmail Joe Moreno with a relatively innocuous and dated photo has got The Dope thinking of political dirty tricks. It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that some will go to get elected, gain power, retain power, or even more viciously, get revenge.

Underhanded or even illegal campaign tactics are as old as politics itself, and it's been elevated to a fine art by some. We've all heard tales or rumors of such things as taking down opponent's campaign signs, and other fairly benign attempts to screw the opponent. But some of these efforts are truly monumental.

Originating during Nixon's golden reign, the right even coined a word for such things. Screwing your opponent by nasty means was referred to as "rat f***ing" them.

As recently as 1999, bald shyster Ben Ginsberg, lawyer to Bush and the Swift Boat Liars, described the effort to create safe, white districts in New York to ensure Republican victories "Project Rat F***", and bragged about it.

I know some of you boys and girls out there have heard of some, shall we say, "creative" tactics that have been employed during campaigns in the area.

So out of pure purient interest, I'd like to hear about them. Of course, you don't have to name names, candidates, or races, but it would be very interesting to hear some tales of the underhanded shenanigans that have actually happened, or are rumored to have happened, even if they occured far in the past.

Whether they're appalling or amusing, share your more memorable.


At 3/06/2005 9:40 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

I think the incident that soars (or sinks) below all others is the Swift Boat issue. Senator John Kerry served our country in Vietnam and was legitimately decorated with stars and purple hearts for valor in service during combat in the Vietnam War.

Yet a group of Kerry-haters, upset over his position in the war after returning from Vietnam, ran TV spots and hit the talk radio and cable TV circuit actually claiming that Kerry didn't actually earn the Purple Heart and Bronze Stars, etc.

I ran into this group in Chicago, and they were just a hateful and belligerent group.

I have never seen a group take a candidate's war-medals and war-record and so aggressively try to claim that it wasn't so.

Amazing campaign sludge from the Kerry haters. Amazing and it broke all barriers of negative campaigning.

At 3/07/2005 10:08 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

On a historical note, recall that Lucy "The Bat" Goldberg, the lovely woman who "advised" Linda Tripp in how to screw over Clinton, got her start working for Nixon as a mole inside the McGovern campaign where she posed as a reporter on the campaign plane and elsewhere. And she was only one of many.

At 3/07/2005 10:15 AM, Anonymous Billy Mountain said...

And what about when they found one or two anti-Evans union guys and put them up in ads years ago. That was a hoot.

At 3/07/2005 10:22 AM, Anonymous knowing67 said...

remeber when that politician created an online diary undercover, denied who they were and then used it to pave the road for election? that was great .. oh wait

At 3/07/2005 10:25 AM, Blogger Dissenter said...

I resent the implication that I am posting my blogs as an "online diary" to "pave the road for election."

At 3/07/2005 11:10 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dream on, knowing67. You may want to read the minty fresh "The Inside Dope F.A.Q." Click the link in the sidebar.

And if anyone thinks putting up a blog (not an "online diary", you must have read that common inaccurate definition somewhere)would "pave the way" for anything, except a lot of headaches, they're delusional.

And it occurs to me, though apparently it didn't to you, that if a politician was trying to use a blog to promote themselves, wouldn't it kind of be, well, nuts to do it anonymously?

Roll that around in your head and see how it feels.

At 3/07/2005 3:54 PM, Anonymous seeingtruth said...

no rolling necessary interesting justification for hiding though

At 3/07/2005 11:02 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Glad you think so.
What's your reason, by the way?
Just sayin'. Apparently commenters desire for privacy trumps the person's that provides the place to comment?

At 3/08/2005 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Moreno needs to quit crying that he lost the election... The voters have chosen... Get over it....

At 3/08/2005 12:46 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Assuming that the above commenter is a Dem (though I have no idea), I can't help but wonder how they felt when the right-wing continually jeered "Get over it!" after they'd stolen the 2000 election. As for The Dope, it made me spitting mad. I assume this sort of carping doesn't exactly make anyone on the Moreno side of things feel like being high-minded.

The handful of votes between the totals is well within the slim margin which state law says allows a recount.

Surely Thodos and his supporters should have nothing to fear from a thoroughly monitored recount.

Everyone wants a fair election, right?


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