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Monday, May 10, 2021

An infamous Republican political operative's unpublished memoir shows how the Party came to embrace lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost.



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Atwater died before he could finish his memoir. What remains of it are hunks of yellowing typewritten pages, held together by rusting staples and paper clips. But the seven surviving chapters suggest that, far from dying along with him, the nihilism, cynicism, and scurrilous tactics that Atwater brought into national politics live on. In many ways, his memoir suggests that Atwater's tactics were a bridge between the old Republican Party of the Nixon era, when dirty tricks were considered a scandal, and the new Republican Party of Donald Trump, in which lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost have become normalized. Chapter 5 of Atwater's memoir in particular serves as a Trumpian precursor. In it, Atwater, who worked in the Office of Political Affairs in the Reagan White House, and managed George H. W. Bush's 1988 Presidential campaign before becoming the Republican Party's chairman at the age of thirty-seven, admits outright that he only cared about winning, not governing. "I've always thought running for office is a bunch of --------. Being in a office is even more --------. It really is --------," he wrote. "I'm proud of the fact that I understand how much BS it is."

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-05-07 07:55 PM | Reply

Atwater seemed to know he was sick but didn't want to stop.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2021-05-07 08:06 PM | Reply

Were they Top or Zig-Zag? I've heard rice papers are the best. I used to buy Drum loose cigarette tobacco just for the rice papers that accompanied it.

#3 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-05-07 08:07 PM | Reply

A brain tumor was too good for that POS.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2021-05-10 11:32 AM | Reply

Damn, Republicans still utilizing the same playbook as Atwater?

Why do you Righties support this ----?


#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2021-05-11 06:24 PM | Reply

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