Was Don Segretti From the High Levels of the Nixon Campaign?
It’s been interesting to see how much Trumpsters-from Carter Page to Rush Limbaugh-are leaning on Glenn Greenwald:
“Now, Glenn Greenwald is way, way out there on the left. He’s left-wing, liberal to the hilt. But he’s not one of the conspiratorial loons…”
Uh, the fact that everyone from Rush to Carter Page to Roger Stone loves him makes you question just how much he’s ‘left-wing.’
“Here’s what Greenwald says, and I’m gonna give you some excerpts from the piece. “From MSNBC politics shows to town hall meetings across the country, the overarching issue for the Democratic Party’s base since Trump’s victory has been Russia, often suffocating attention for other issues. This fixation has persisted even though it has no chance to sink the Trump presidency unless it is proven that high levels of the Trump campaign actively colluded with the Kremlin to manipulate the outcome of the U.S. election — a claim for which absolutely no evidence has thus far been presented.”
Notice, how Greenwald is basically using the goalpost the Trumpsters want? There’s nothing here unless someone on the ‘high levels of the Trump campaign actively colluded with Russia to manipulate the election.’
If this is true, then all the Trump team needs to do is somehow dismiss everyone involved as not from the high levels. And now we’re hearing that Manafort was some marginal figure and that Trump ‘doesn’t know Carter Page’ and that Michael Flynn was just an unpaid volunteer.
John Dean talked about how the Nixon WH played from this same playbook, post Watergate. Nixon scarcely knew who G. Gordon Liddy, Howard E. Hunt, and John Dean were. He claimed to have spoken to Dean maybe once-it was 50 times.
Then there is Don Segretti. Was Segretti a high ranking member of the Nixon campaign? Certainly not formally and officially. Yet, arguably, his dirty tricks more to swing the election than anyone else. He was the writer of the Canucks letter that lead to the implosion of Edward Muskie’s campaign.
“It would eventually be established with certainty that the man who’d written the “Canucks” letter, the man who’d hired the black protesters in front of Muskie’s hotel room, was Donald Segretti, who handled a secret, separate black ops campaign team for CREEP. The man who’d actually sent the letter to McCloskey, who’d hired the Sedan Chair II mole, was a nineteen year old operative named Roger Stone. It was because of this that he makes a brief appearance in the Watergate testimony.”
I’ve argued that we know this is Watergate 2.0 because:
1. It centers around another break in to the DNC.
2. Roger Stone is up to his neck in it
I heard David Frum ask ‘did anyone in the Trump campaign other than Stone a kind of flaky guy coordinate with Russia? That’s the question.’
No. This is the problem with the ‘But did anyone truly senior participate.’ That’s now how these dirty tricks work. Why would you choose someone who is publicly known to be senior? You want plausible deniability.
So we here that Stone was fired in August, 2015. And it’s true formally speaking. He didn’t get along with Corey Lewandowski-who has his own Russia problems.
But what Stone does for campaigns has never been about having a formal, visible role. It’s what he does behind the scenes. Understand him as a sort of political spook. All spooks do their best work behind the scenes.
If you buy into the idea that ‘No one coordinated but Roger Stone but he’s not senior’ you’ve been sold a bill of goods. Stone is a very rich man for what he’s done for Republican candidates for 45 years. What he’s done has nothing to do with having any kind of formal role as with Don Segretti.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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