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Hart2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 09:55 AM
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Qui Bono? The Clinton camp sabotaged Gary Hart's campaign after Bill flunked an interview to be V.P.
See Partners in Power by Roger Morris (pg.433-434).
(Morris is a highly respected public servant, who worked for Dean Acheson, Lyndon Johnson, and Walter Mondale, before resigning from the National Security Council (He had been appointed by LBJ) over Nixon's invasion of Cambodia. Morris also called for other civil servants in to resign to protest the Bush administration's policies.)

Hart's problem was
1) He had previously hired, and then laid off, a guy named James Carville, and
2) He hired a media consultant named Ray Strother (also from Louisiana) who made the mistake of working for two men who both wanted to be President.

Ray Strother did Hart's media ads in his '84 campaign. After Hart's success in '84, Clinton hired Strother and his protege, Carville. Strother didn't see a conflict of interest in working for two men who wanted to be President. With Hart riding high in the polls, Clinton pushed Strother to get him a meeting with Hart about being named Hart's V.P. As Strother wrote in his book "Falling Up", after the interview Hart told him that Clinton had no political "core" values, and "doesn't believe in anything". Hart's words made it back to Clinton likely through hack James Carville, who was a protege of Strother. (Carville would later use an almost verbatim quote about Clinton, but attribute it to Ken Starr.)

After hearing that news, the Clinton's set out to sabotage his campaign, and cut their own deal with Dukakis. Remember Clinton's filibuster of a keynote speech at the 1988 convention? Gary Hart needed a press pass to get in to that convention and was escorted around by security guards.

James Carville is the former Hart adviser who told Newsweek that Hart had a problem "keeping his pants on". (Twenty four years later, not a single woman has come forward by name to claim she had a sexual affair with Hart.) Carville is now married to Bush and Cheney confident Mary Matalin.

In short, the Clinton camp preferred for the party to lose the election rather than to see someone else win the general election in 1988.

As previously stated above here at post 10, Hart did not challenge anyone to follow him around. He had already been followed by an agent of a political rival from within the party in 1986 while giving the national Democratic response at a radio station. He was then harassed by whispering campaign originating from James Carville. As a matter of fact, Gary Hart and Donna Rice were not acquainted before she was brought to the yacht at the dock and introduced as the friend of Eagles singer Don Henley, who was a Hart supporter. The trip was intended to be campaign related. Ray Strother was originally scheduled to be on board as well for that trip, but he was called away at the last minute for work for another Dem client.

Again, after all of his years in the public light, there has never been a woman who has come forward by name to claim any kind of sexual impropriety from Gary Hart. Both Gary Hart and Donna Rice have denied since 1987 that their relationship was sexual. The Miami herald had stalked Donna Rice, then lost her before resorting to hiding in the bushes and peeking in the windows at Hart's Washington, D.C., townhouse, where his wife had never made her home. The Miami Herald never followed Gary Hart anywhere, nor were their actions done in response to any challenge.

That story is and was pure propaganda.
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-01-11 10:23 AM
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1. Verry eenteresting
as Arte Johnson used to say on Laugh-In. That explains a few things now, doesn't it.

Hart may have been the best President this country never had, after RFK.
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Hart2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 01:53 PM
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2. Oh, it explains many things, indeed.
Remember that Gary Hart as the campaign manager for McGovern's '72 campaign gave Bill Clinton his start in national elections. Hart named Clinton in charge of the campaign in Arkansas and Texas. Yet, Clinton makes no mention of Hart in his book other than to talk about sex scandals. That is quite laughable, because compared to Clinton, Hart is a choir boy. With Clinton, the "bimbo eruptions" were constant, while with Hart, he had people hiding in his bushes and threatening to "out" a former girlfriend. So who was really the reckless womanizer?

Hart had urged Clinton to create the U.S. Commission on National Security 21. Clinton did but originally snubbed Hart by naming another Dem to head the commission. Hart only got the job after that person withdrew due to other commitments and Defense Secretary Cohen, a Republican, insisted on Hart.

The fact is that MSM had changed the rules on Hart in '87, then they perpetuated this myth that he had "challenged" them to "catch" him in the act. (I have demonstrated that this perception is false. Even the "Tail me." quote from Dionne's otherwise very favorable article about Hart has never been reviewed for accuracy or checked for the actual context in which it was made.) What Hart was angry about was that he wanted the media to expose those people in the party who were spreading the rumors around. That was the way that this kind of behavior had been handled in the past, before the rules changed. As it was, Dukakis's campaign got caught circulating an attack video of Biden, but the people who were smearing Hart got off scot-free. It was not a secret that Carville was the guy spreading those rumors. (Chris Matthews acknowledges that this man was known in his 1988 book. When he called to apologize, Lee Hart is quoted as refusing to take the call and replying, "Tell him to save his dime.") Hart wrote about the unwritten rules of party loyalty, and the Clintons' disdain for them during the last campaign:

Gary Hart, Breaking The Final Rule,

Hart was under a near media blackout in the U.S. from 1988 until after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was on a trip to Russia in 1999 and it was the first time I had read an article from Hart in a newspaper since '88. He was very close to running for president in 2004, but decided not to because of the obscene amount of money required to launch a credible campaign. When the word got out that he was considering another run, the Miami Herald republished its incorrect '87 story about Hart and Rice, not once but twice! The MSM were still afraid of him 17 years later!

RFK and Thomas Jefferson are Gary Hart's political heroes. I always thought he had one more run left in him. Will imitate RFK this year?

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