Sunday, March 18, 2007

Rove vs. McCain in SC During 2000

I do not believe Rove here for a minute. Push polling was done to spread this rumor. Now perhaps this push polling was done under the guise of a 527 organization, but you cannot tell me that someone that runs as tight a campaign as Karl Rove, did not endorse the push polling.

Here is the article in The Swamp


Leo said...

I honestly have no idea but y'all think that the Bob Jones Professor was hired or in someway encouraged by Rove or another member of the campaign to pass the "scurrilous" rumor? Remember that Bob Jones University needed little encouragement to resort to the race card in the past. Racists and the such tend to act for their own purposes. Just a thought, I may be all wet. Of course it could that I am all wet because I am holding a potty training kid who just got up from a nap.

Andrew said...

It was not the professor that did the damage to McCain as I understand it. I did not even know of the professor until today. It was the push polling that got the message out. I don't think the professor was invloved in that. I think that was a campaign and it is signature Rove. I can give you other examples of his campaign tactics. They are not nice or honorable.

Leo said...

I am sure that there are plenty. I can search on the web, but if you have a particular site that you recommend to start with then let me know.

Andrew said...





5. (very good article)

A typical instance occurred in the hard-fought 1996 race for a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court between Rove's client, Harold See, then a University of Alabama law professor, and the Democratic incumbent, Kenneth Ingram. According to someone who worked for him, Rove, dissatisfied with the campaign's progress, had flyers printed up—absent any trace of who was behind them—viciously attacking See and his family. "We were trying to craft a message to reach some of the blue-collar, lower-middle-class people," the staffer says. "You'd roll it up, put a rubber band around it, and paperboy it at houses late at night. I was told, 'Do not hand it to anybody, do not tell anybody who you're with, and if you can, borrow a car that doesn't have your tags.' So I borrowed a buddy's car [and drove] down the middle of the street … I had Hefty bags stuffed full of these rolled-up pamphlets, and I'd cruise the designated neighborhoods, throwing these things out with both hands and literally driving with my knees." The ploy left Rove's opponent at a loss. Ingram's staff realized that it would be fruitless to try to persuade the public that the See campaign was attacking its own candidate in order "to create a backlash against the Democrat," as Joe Perkins, who worked for Ingram, put it to me. Presumably the public would believe that Democrats were spreading terrible rumors about See and his family. "They just beat you down to your knees," Ingram said of being on the receiving end of Rove's attacks. See won the race.