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steven johnson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 07:30 AM
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Smear, queer and fear -- the essence of 'Ratfucking,' the GOP modus operandi since Nixon
I spoke in an earlier post about the corporate roots of Lincoln Republicanism.

But the roots of Nixonian Republicanism are somewhat more obscure. The USC Mafia of Ziegler, Chapin and Segetti brought a group of dirty tricks they had used in campus politics to the Nixon campaign. Nixon had used smear and fear in his congressional campaigns but these people were the intellectual progenitors of the atwater and rove. Ratfucking is an American slang term for political sabotage or dirty tricks. It was first brought to public attention during the Watergate scandal investigation that during the 1972 presidential campaign the Nixon campaign committee maintained a "dirty tricks" unit focused on discrediting Nixon's strongest challengers.

Ratfucking tactics involved canceling meeting-hall reservations just prior to rallies, putting out false press releases or "leaked documents" in the name of political opponents, spying on rival campaigns, putting plants into rival campaigns, purloining speeches and information, vote contracting, jamming phone lines, ordering vast quantities of food for delivery in the name of rival campaigns, hiring "rioters" and "activists, conducting deceptive or offensive get out the vote phone canvasses, push polls, and similar activities.

It turns out that dirty politics is the cheapest and most effective way to power. The GOP has used it for the past 60 years with devestating effect. And the country has suffered the idiots that it allowed to come to power.

Democrats still have not taken this issue head on. So Democrats will continue to ply retail politics while the GOP does their political leverage on the cheap, wholesale, if you will.

Ratfucking - A GOP Tradition

Her friend had known Segetti, Chapin and Tim Elbourne since collage. He referred to the "USC Mafia" in the White House and said Segetti and Elbourne had been called by their schoolmates Dwight Chapin and Ron Ziegler to help in the Nixon reelection business.

All belonged to a campus political party called "Trojans for Representative Government". The Trojans called their brand of electioneering "ratfucking". Ballot boxes were stuffed, spies were planted in the opposition camp, and bogus campaign literature abounded. Ziegler and Chapin had hooked onto Richard Nixon's 1962 campaign for governor of California-managed by Bob Haldeman. After graduation, Ziegler, Chapin and Elbourne had joined the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in Los Angeles, where Haldeman was vice president. Segetti had been summoned to Washington and trained to work in a presidential election, according to Karlyn Barker's friend.

Bernstein called the Justice Department official who had originally told him Segetti was part of the Watergate investigation. "Yes, political sabotage is associated with Segetti. I've heard the term for it, 'ratfucking', the official said. There is some very powerful information, especially if it comes out before November 7," the day of the election.
Did Segetti have anything to do with "Canuck Letter?"

Bernstein had been reading the clippings on the primaries for any examples of malicious tricks. Finally he hit with one call. Ratfucking?" The word struck a raw nerve with a Justice Department attorney. "You can go right to the top with that one. I was shocked when I learned about it. I couldn't believe it. These are public servants? God. It's nauseating. You're talking about fellows who come from the best schools in the country. Men who run the government!"

From 'All the President's Men'

The USC Ratfucking Techniques
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orpupilofnature57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 07:37 AM
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1. What a Legacy!
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BlueMTexpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 07:59 AM
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2. And what heirs!
From Segretti to Rove ... it just gets worse.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 08:10 AM
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3. And they rarely get caught ~ the beat goes on for them nt
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 10:11 AM
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4. Rove trained a new generation
they're out there prepping for the next election.
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burning rain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 11:29 AM
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5. Actually, Republicans do a lot of retail politicking...
Edited on Wed Sep-09-09 11:39 AM by burning rain
and grassroots organizing. To name only two groups, anti-choicers and anti-evolutionists, as much as I dislike them, have a high degree of authenticity. They tend to be sincere (though deranged) lower to middle income people, and have little media support, and the big GOP money people have little fondness for them. Meanwhile, on our side, grassroots organizing has been compromised by the lessening of differences between the Democratic Party and GOP due to the efforts of DLC and other economically conservative Democrats. We end up being overly dependent on the GOP fucking up royally with warmongering, Katrina, and obnoxious Schiavo antics, so that we can win elections, because the Democratic Party's become too conservative on economics to have a perennial appeal there.
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windoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 03:06 PM
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6. Cointerpro
which was exposed but never went away, were the ones throwing blood on statues during demonstrations, ratcheting up the craziness to make movements appear insane in the 60s. Good to stay ever vigilant for the inevitability that any movement against the status quo to be infiltrated with people, memes and ideas meant to destroy the movement.

It happens here, with all the divisiveness and distraction, petty stories driving real stories off the front page. Yet I am continually impressed by people on this site that keep us on track. They are to be commended.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-09-09 03:21 PM
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7. They do this in foreign policy too--including 9/11
Why do we think the same black bag operators & plumbers who worked on things like the October Surprise, Iran-Contra,and faking the evidence for the war in Iraq, wouldn't stoop to killing Americans or greasing the path for their foreign allies, the Saudis, to kill Americans?

The Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 and the FBI documented Saudi government support for the attacks.

FBI FOIA Doc shows Saudi agent picking up two hijackers at LAX, setting them up in apt. in his building, and funneling them money from the Saudi ambassador until the attack.

The Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 finding on Saudis suppressed by Bush:

If Democrats don't don't pull the bandage off that festering wound, we will be vulnerable to being hit again when it serves the same handful of business interests.
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