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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 08:44 PM
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"How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative"
Edited on Tue Dec-18-07 08:45 PM by WilliamPitt
From TPM: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/061356.php

Phone-jammistas Behold!

Longtime readers of this site know that the history of TPM is rather intertwined with the history of the 2002 New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal. In case you don't remember, that's the case where the state Republican party (almost certainly with the knowledge and probably with the cooperation of the national party) hired a phone bank to jam the phones of the Dems' and the local firefighters' GOTV phone banks.

The guy close to the center of the whole scam was the media operative/consultant hired to run the operation, Allen Raymond. And he's written a new tell-all book, How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative.

Now, as you probably know, most tell-all books are more like tell-little or tell-nothing books. We've still got one reader still sulking because he was hounding us for days about why we weren't giving more attention to the Scott McClellan memoir non-bombshell. But I got word yesterday that Raymond's offering is the real deal. Our copy arrived at the office today. And upon a limited initial perusal the normally low-key and laconic Paul Kiel concludes that it is "awesome." So that's saying a lot.

As it happens, this is not surprising from what we've seen thus far of Raymond. Of all the phone-jam scammers, he was the only one who not only took his criminal justice lumps but seemed genuinely to want to wash his hands of the whole rotten business. The rest, as you'd expect, are back on the GOP payroll in most cases after a short pitstop in the can.

Raymond on his sojourn in the slammer: "After 10 full years inside the GOP, 90 days among honest criminals wasn't really any great ordeal."

Anyway, check out the book and we're working on getting Mr. Raymond over here to TPM to discuss the book and perhaps answer your questions.

--Josh Marshall

The book: http://www.amazon.com/How-Rig-Election-Confessions-Repu...

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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 08:45 PM
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1. Perfect Christmas Present
Edited on Tue Dec-18-07 08:45 PM by proud patriot
:evilgrin: Hi Will , hope your holiday is great
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 08:50 PM
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2. Thanks for the head's up!
Haven't seen you around in awhile... Hope you're hale & hearty!
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 08:58 PM
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3. Hi Will...............
:hi:

I'm glad to see you stopped in to post. Hope you have a warm and cozy Holiday.
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 08:59 PM
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4. sounds juicy...
Thanks!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:03 PM
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5. Do we have to give him a warm reception?
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:05 PM
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6. Absolutely!
He has earned it.

By the way, may I ask you to be nice tonight?
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:07 PM
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7. Ugh no and no as I wasn't talking to you.
OH! :evilgrin:
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:10 PM
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8. No.
We choose to. You can choose differently. On a different thread. In other words, piss off.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:12 PM
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9. Bite me! I wasn't talking to you either! My post is clearly directed to Will Pitt, owner of Hairy
Bastid, so buzz the fuck off!
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:16 PM
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11. Here, go back under the bridge with the rest of your pals.
Edited on Tue Dec-18-07 09:20 PM by liberalnurse



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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:24 PM
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14. Right Sista Cratchet.
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:33 PM
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15. Thank you..........
Nurse Ratchett is my mentor. O8)
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:50 AM
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33. Lol
Yeah, as one nurse to another, I think we can agree she's a hero to us all! :7
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:40 PM
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17. Yeah, well that makes perfect sense.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:17 PM
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13. No it wasn't.
I quote:

"Do we have to give him a warm reception?"

Let's deconstruct that, shall we? First, "we", is either the royal we, or the peanut gallery of DUers. You aren't royal and I'm one of the peanut gallery. Therefore, you were addressing me. Second, you should have used "you" instead of "him" in the second part of your sentence if you really were addressing Will. You were actually using a sideways snipe and I called you on it. We wouldn't be having this little conversation otherwise.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:34 PM
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16. The question was directed to Pitt. The use of we, you are correct, was intended to mean subject
Edited on Tue Dec-18-07 09:36 PM by lonestarnot
DUers and in that event, you've probably never been on a snipe hunt, and I am not having this conversation, you are having it with yourself, as I NEVER snipe sideways! Always fucking head-on, so why don't you head-on, APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD. And by the way, I am royal as is indicated in my screen name STAR, LONESTARNOT (and, yes, that would be a DUer reference, dee dee fucking dee)
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 10:06 PM
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18. I have no fucking idea what you just said
Oh, and your comment was quite sideways. Ta ta.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 08:58 AM
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37. Good as I told you, you are were having a conversation with yourself.
Edited on Wed Dec-19-07 09:04 AM by lonestarnot
And you claim to be a fucking nurse who is required to read doctors' orders? OMG scarey.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:14 PM
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10. luv yr sig line, btw!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 09:17 PM
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12. woot! me too.
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 10:14 PM
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19. you who has no friends I have a question
Edited on Tue Dec-18-07 10:20 PM by NewHampster
Why are you being an ass?

Will has told us some interesting news about this book that exposes the rethugs.

Will has more good Democratic genes in his pinkie than you have in your entire spineless body.

The only reasons I can think for you to troll will's thread is that you are A) A brainless nincompoop or B) a rethug troll.

Either way you are an ass. And I have better things to do than get into your playful games so I will move on.

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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 10:22 PM
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20. Well said!
:applause: :applause: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :applause: :applause:

You read my mind, spoken from the heart. :loveya:
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 10:49 PM
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21. What the hell is going on?
So confused...
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walldude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 10:53 PM
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22. Kinda wondering that myself...
Although I do love this line: "After 10 full years inside the GOP, 90 days among honest criminals wasn't really any great ordeal." :rofl: :rofl:
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NewHampster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 11:06 PM
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23. that jerk lonestarnot was stalking my bud Liberalnurse
Edited on Tue Dec-18-07 11:06 PM by NewHampster
Edit: How the heck are you Will?
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:52 AM
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34. Hardly. I think your "pal" misunderstood and attacked first. n/t
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 09:03 AM
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40. Thanks for watching my back HWNN!
I had to leave. :hug:
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 09:04 AM
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41. Anytime my friend
You know I don't mind going to the mat. :D
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 11:09 PM
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24. Let me help you out here Will
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:00 AM
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26. I love that one!
I use it liberally. I also use a quote I picked up from Will. Unfortunately, I forgot to use it on Lonestarnot. That being "get over your bad self!"
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-18-07 11:58 PM
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25. Oh, come on Will, you know there are people who stalk your threads
just to poop on you. I just decided to play with one. Sorry I hijacked your OP, but at least it continued to get bumped so more people could see it.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:09 AM
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27. I didn't know if it was something else.
:shrug:
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:14 AM
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28. I think several misinterpreted what lone said
thought she was talking about being nice to you, when, I took it as she was asking if we had to be nice to the republican guy.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:16 AM
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29. Gotcha.
Thanks.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:46 AM
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31. Yikes
Looking back, I can see that I may well have misinterpreted. Too bad, cause I was having great fun sharpening my claws on him. They are like, razor sharp now. I'll go back and ask him.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 09:01 AM
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38. Learn how to fucking read claw.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:49 AM
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32. Did you mean giving Will Pitt a warm reception,
or the Republic guy? Mea Culpa if you meant the latter. I thought you were dissing Will Pitt. I get terribly tired of the circular firing squad, but if your fire was directed toward the Thug, fire on dude!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 09:02 AM
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39. Take your mea culpa and your stupid ass to hell.
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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:06 PM
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43. This is quite possibly the strangest sub-thread I've ever read on DU.
IBTL, FWIW.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-20-07 04:01 AM
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44. It's art.
:crazy:
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 12:27 AM
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30. Let's just hope for an audience besides
the choir. :hi: Welcome back Mr Pitt.
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blondie58 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 05:17 AM
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35. this looks like a good one
Edited on Wed Dec-19-07 05:18 AM by blondie58
and I love the picture on the cover! Thanks for the heads up, Will!
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 05:46 AM
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36. This sounds wonderful. Have been hoping some of them would finally break with the group
and start letting the public know what they've been doing against the country. This looks like a perfect beginning. Hope to see others, as well. Ohio and Florida voting would be EXCELLENT subjects for "disenchanted" operatives to illuminate.

Here's his photo:



Allen Raymond
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-19-07 09:18 AM
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42. Thanks for the heads up.
Might make a great present for the holidays.
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