Frameshop | Nixon All Over Again

From the diaries--Chris

[Cross posted from Frameshop --JF]

Quick question:  What would Americans do if they learned that a close adviser to President Bush--the guy at the center of the Leakgate scandal--also worked in the 1972 "Watergate" campaign to re-elect President Nixon? 

What would happen, for example, if a paper like USA Today ran a headline, tomorrow that said:


I bet Americans would be pretty upset if they read that.  They would buy lots of copies of USA Today and they would be very, very upset to learn that the person at the center of the White House Leakgate scandal was also involved  in the Watergate scandal.

But it is true. 

Here is a quote from a 2003 essay by Robert Reich (the entire article is here):

It's no accident that Karl Rove was one of Richard Nixon's moles. Using techniques developed by his first mentor, dirty-tricks strategist Donald Segretti, Rove infiltrated Democratic organizations on behalf of Nixon's infamous 1972 campaign. Rove's formidable talents came to the attention of George Bush Senior, then incoming Republican National Committee chairman, and the rest is history.

What?  A man involved in the dirty campaign to re-elect Richard Nixon is now President Bush's right-hand man and was responsible  for electing and re-electing him over and over again?  Now that would be a great cover story for Time or Newsweek.    I'd buy a copy, that's for sure.

But the story gets better.  Here's a 2001 article from the Texas Observer written by Louis Dubose (the whole article can be read here):

Rove's first foray into politics involved gaining entry to the office of Alan Dixon-a candidate for state treasurer in Illinois in 1970-stealing some campaign stationery and printing and distributing a fake invitation to Dixon's campaign headquarters, promising "free beer, free food, girls, and a good time." "I was nineteen and I got involved in a political prank," Rove told the Dallas Morning News in 1999.

Breaking into a campaign office is the kind of "prank" that most Americans call a felony.  But no matter, this particular crime did not make this guy more of a liability to the Republican Party.  It was a crime that got him a new job!  And the story gets worse after that:

When, in the wake of the Watergate break-in, Rove was accused of teaching dirty tricks to college Republicans, he attributed the accusations to rumors started by Dolan. After the FBI interviewed Rove, the Republican National Committee-then chaired by Bush the Elder-looked into the charges, decided they were baseless, and offered Rove work.

There it is again!  This guy commits a crime and gets offered a job!!  What a great system they have over there in the Nixon branch of the GOP. 

Check out that Texas Observer article because it's a real eye opener.  And I'm sure if the New York Times or the San Francisco Chronicle wanted to quote from it, that Louis Dubose would oblige.

Imagine if someone in the newly-bold White House Press corp asked this question, "Why did the President hire a man to run his campaign who was involved in Richard Nixon's infamous Watergate re-election scandal?"

I bet that question would make the nightly news on MSNBC or even FOX.

And I bet that if Americans knew that President Bush's closest adviser was famous for his involvement in the Watergate scandal--I bet Americans would be outraged.   "Is it really Nixon all over again?"

They wouldn't care much about the name of this guy who works for President Bush.  They would just want to know why the President is more concerned about getting himself elected than he is about protecting the nation.

© 2005 Jeffrey Feldman

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Wow great work.
I think that mr. © here is onto something folks.  follow the oil companies.. mr. feldman...
follow the oil...
by turnerbroadcasting 2005-07-14 10:25AM | 0 recs
Woo Hoo!
Great stuff.  I sure hope someone with a byline picks this up and runs with it.
by Mooncat 2005-07-14 10:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Woo Hoo!
me too. I read it twice. sad to say
but older members of my family were
good friends with the callaways

good writing, really.

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-07-14 10:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Woo Hoo!
Hey read this guy .. Kevin .. forgot his
last name .. anyone remember? He wrote a
book.. Dynasty something..

whoa. what a clean reference.

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-07-14 10:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Woo Hoo!
Kevin Phillips, American Dynasty.
by Jeffrey Feldman 2005-07-14 10:51AM | 0 recs
I posted this first though in response to Flaherty
Colleen Flahertys blog entry said Rove
was not guilty of a crime and I posted
about how Rove was a freaking criminal
from day one.. I hope I helped somehow.
I have no troubles with good writers
picking things up and running with them.

This guy, frameshop, he's got
a wicked pencil.

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-07-14 10:50AM | 0 recs
donald segretti
That's who gave Rove his first job.
by SocialNetworker 2005-07-14 10:51AM | 0 recs
wikipedia on Rove

In 1970, at the age of nineteen and while a protege of Donald Segretti (later convicted as a Watergate conspirator), Rove snuck into the campaign office of Illinois Democrat Alan Dixon and stole some letterhead, which he used to print fake campaign rally fliers promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing," and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters. Admitting to the incident much later, Rove said, "I was nineteen and I got involved in a political prank." (The Nation).

Rove dropped out of the University of Utah in 1971 to become the Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee and held this position until 1972 when he became their National Chairman (1973-1974). As Chairman, Rove had access to many powerful politicians and government officials of the Republican party, and formed ties with George H. W. Bush, then Chairman of the Republican National Committee (1973-1974).

by SocialNetworker 2005-07-14 10:54AM | 0 recs
Follow the Tactics
A recent NY Times article by Frank Rich (
hI69Xx&emc=ep) makes connections between the current and Nixon Admins, focusing more on the tactics of propaganda and suppression.  It'd be nice to solidly link these two criminal enterprises.  But sadly, most people in this country don't know a damn thing about Watergate or Nixon, nor do they care.
by Village Jenius 2005-07-14 10:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Follow the Tactics
Thanks for the link.

About the people who don't  know about Watergate: Those are the folks we're trying to bring into politics.  Most people who already vote will know about Watergate. It's the symbol of Presidential corruption in our time.    

by Jeffrey Feldman 2005-07-14 11:02AM | 0 recs
Re: Follow the Tactics
True, it's a very hard, uphill climb to engage the disengaged.

I did my best when I used to show "All the President's Men" to middle and high schoolers.  There are a couple dozen kids out there who hadn't even see the original Star Wars just a few years back, but now they can tell you what Watergate was all about if you ask them.  

My roommate also has trouble just getting her American history class to the 1950's before time runs out on the school year.  

by Village Jenius 2005-07-14 12:38PM | 0 recs
University of Utah Alumni for Truth!
OK, time to start the University of Utah Alumni for Truth.  
So Rove just "dropped out" of the University of Utah in 1971?  Perhaps a check with his fellow students and professors is in order to see if, really, he was booted out for cheating.  Now of course, I am not making ANY accusations whatsoever, just that someone really should discuss this on a few talk shows, now that this serious question has been raised.
And why, once he left university, was he not drafted and sent to Vietnam?  Did Nixon personally issue a special deferrment?  Or did Rove tell the draft board that he was gay?  And was this the truth, or did he just lie to get out of serving in the military? Once again, of course, I am not making ANY accusations whatsoever, just asking.  But of course, now that these serious questions have been raised, well, once again they must all be discussed in detail on the talk shows.  We demand definitive and documented answers to these serious questions!  We demand that Rove release all his medical and university and selective service records so that we can see for ourselves what the truth really is!  
by CathiefromCanada 2005-07-14 11:18AM | 0 recs
Haha, that's great
by Geotpf 2005-07-14 12:33PM | 0 recs
Rove fired by Bush 41
I heard that Rove was fired by George HW Bush's 1992 campaign for leaking to Novak, but I only got that from one program.  Open Source Radio.  They've got a pretty nifty chart of the Plame/Miller scandal.
by Abby 2005-07-14 12:31PM | 0 recs
by Geotpf 2005-07-14 01:04PM | 0 recs
Democrates need to start beating the drums
Charges against Bush AND Cheney

1- Lying to the American Public about Iraq.  It is clear now that he in fact did lie.  Resulting in the deaths of 1,800 soldiers and hundreds of thousands of muslims; Thereby creating more angry and venom towards the United States.

2- Using the power of the presidency for political attacks at the expense of safety of US citizens.

3- Protecting a criminal.

4- Lack of integrity.  Doing the same thing that he accused of Clinton doing...parsing words.

by Chavez100 2005-07-14 01:24PM | 0 recs


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