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With the new revelations that George W. Bush gave the orders to "out" CIA agent Valerie Plame in order to "punish" political enemies, one needs to ask the question, " Is the President of the United States the head ratfucker?" To determine the answer to that, one needs to look back at some of the history of the Republican Party.

Karlyn Barker, a former UPI reporter who had joined the city staff on the same day a Woodward, said a friend of hers had gone to USC with the White House boys and had stayed in close touch with them. Within a few hours, Barker had given Bernstein a memo headed "Notes on the USC Crowd"

Her friend had known Segetti, Chapin and Tim Elbourne since collage. He referred to the "USC Mafia" in the White House and said Segetti and Elbourne had been called by their schoolmates Dwight Chapin and Ron Ziegler to help in the Nixon reelection business.

All belonged to a campus political party called "Trojans for Representative Government". The Trojans called their brand of electioneering "ratfucking". Ballot boxes were stuffed, spies were planted in the opposition camp, and bogus campaign literature abounded. Ziegler and Chapin had hooked onto Richard Nixon's 1962 campaign for governor of California-managed by Bob Haldeman. After graduation, Ziegler, Chapin and Elbourne had joined the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in Los Angeles, where Haldeman was vice president. Segetti had been summoned to Washington and trained to work in a presidential election, according to Karlyn Barker's friend.

Bernstein called the Justice Department official who had originally told him Segetti was part of the Watergate investigation. "Yes, political sabotage is associated with Segetti. I've heard the term for it, 'ratfucking', the official said. There is some very powerful information, especially if it comes out before November 7," the day of the election.
Did Segetti have anything to do with "Canuck Letter?"

The so called Canuck Letter had been the beginning and the end of the Muskie campaign, as far as some of the Senator's aids were concerned. On Feburary 24, two days before Muskie was scheduled to campaign in Manchester, New Hampshire, William Leob's right-wing newspaper , the Manchester Union Leader, had published an anti- Muskie editoial on it's front page. Titled " Senator Muskie Insults Franco-Americans". It acussed Muskie of hypocracy for supporting Blacks while condoning the term "Canucks", -a deragatory name for Americans of French-Canadian ancestry, tens of thousands which lived in New Hampshire.

The "evidence" was a semi-literate letter ostensibly mailed to Leob from Deerfield Beach, Florida, and published in the Union Leader the same day as the editorial. The signer claimed that a Muskie campaign aide at a Fort Lauderdale meeting had said that "we don't have Blacks but we have Cannocks" (sic), and the Senator reportedly concurred laughingly, saying, "Come to New England and see". The Muskie campaign had contended that the letter was fake, and had undertaken an investigation but failed to find the author.

On February 25, Loeb had reprinted a two-month-old Newsweek item about the Senator's wife. Titled "Big Daddy's Jane," it reported she sneak-smoked, drank and used off color language on the press plane.

The next morning, standing in a near-blizzard on the back of a flatbed truck, Muskie had abandoned his prepared text and attacked Loeb as a "gutless coward." Then, while defending his wife, he broke down and cried. There is no dispute among Muskie's backers, his opponents and the press that the incident had a disastrous effect on his campaign. It shattered the calm, cool, reasoned image that was basic to Muskie's voter appeal, and focussed the last-minute attention of New Hampshire voters on the alleged slur against the French-Canadians who would be a formidable minority or voters in the Democratic primary.

Bernstein groped through the paper effluvia on his desk and retrieved a manila file marked "Phones." In June he had begun jotting down phone numbers of persons contacted on the story, logging them on a sheet of paper. He started going through the pages, looking for people who might know about Donald Segretti, "ratfucking," Dwight Chapin, the USC Mafia, the Canuck Letter.

Bernstein had been reading the clippings on the primaries for any examples of malicious tricks. Finally he hit with one call. Ratfucking?" The word struck a raw nerve with a Justice Department attorney. "You can go right to the top with that one. I was shocked when I learned about it. I couldn't believe it. These are public servants? God. It's nauseating. You're talking about fellows who come from the best schools in the country. Men who run the government!"

Bernstein wondered what "right to the top" meant.

"It's absolutely despicable. I was so shocked. I didn't understand it. All these people, unbelievable. Look at Hunt. I don't think he's involved in the ratfucking, but he's capable of anything. The press hasn't brought this home. You're dealing with people who act like this was Dodge City, not the capital of the United States.

Bernstein was impressed. He had never known the man to be so angry. The secret fund-had it financed the ratfucking? And John Mitchell?

"Mitchell? He can't say he didn't know about it, because it was strategy-basic strategy that goes all the way to the top. Higher than him even."

Higher than Mitchell? Dwight Chapin was a functionary, an advance man and glorified valet, servant to Richard Nixon and H R Haldeman. At most there were three persons who went higher than John Mitchell: John Ehrlichman (maybe), Haldeman and Richard M. Nixon.

Basic strategy that goes all the way to the top. The phrase unnevered Bernstein. For the first time, he considered the possibility that the President of the United States was the head ratfucker.

From the book All the Presidents Men

I would say the answer must be yes.

Originally posted to William Domingo on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 07:05 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  That would be Segretti. (0+ / 0-)

    Is that book in the public domain?

    Mother Nature bats last.

    by pigpaste on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 07:18:13 PM PDT

  •  Ratfucker Supreme. (0+ / 0-)

    Nixon taught me about Repukelicant morality.  It hasn't changed a bit.

    If the majority can vote away my rights today, then they can vote away yours tomorrow.

    by grada3784 on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 07:27:17 PM PDT

  •  I prefer RatBastard (0+ / 0-)

    But even so, my answer is yes.

    Welcome Michael Moore Bulletin Board refugees,

    by Luminous Animal on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 07:27:55 PM PDT

  •  I deeply resent (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ari Mistral, rjo, Bouwerie Boy

    your comment on rat fuckers. Some of my best friends are ratfuckers and I can assure you
    none of them are even close to being as scummy as George Bush and his pals. Some poor rat fuckers just have the same problem as bug fuckers, just a tad bit more extreme: a tiny teenie weenie. On second thought maybe they are a bit like GWB after all.

  •  Ratfucker droppings (0+ / 0-)

    And who was Segretti's protege at the time?  Young Karl Rove.

    "What everyone wants is a job and some hope."--RFK

    by For Dean in Dixie on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 07:33:33 PM PDT

  •  Ratfucker Rove (2+ / 0-)
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    William Domingo, subtropolis

    The Rove/Segretti connection:Dirty Tricks

    "What everyone wants is a job and some hope."--RFK

    by For Dean in Dixie on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 07:39:23 PM PDT

    •  Good link (0+ / 0-)

      It goes a long way towards showing why everything going on in the White House today seems so much like it did during Watergate.

      All you have to do is to tell the people they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

      by William Domingo on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 08:51:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  At last, Bush's lies explained... (0+ / 0-)

    ...all you have to do is look to the heavens.

    New on EWM "Ptolemy Told Me."

  •  Not only is he the ratfucker in chief (8+ / 0-)

    Not only is he the head ratfucker, I believe this is the only part of the job that he truly understands.  All this governing stuff is way above him and it bores him.  I think he is most engaged and actively calling the shots when it comes to political dirty tricks.

    •  I could buy that. (0+ / 0-)

      He seems to fundamentally misunderstand his role in American-style democracy, he's not interested in foreign or domestic policy discussions, and he's short tempered with his staff.  

      I don't think he really even cares about results, I think he just likes being adored and "taking care of business"(ie, telling people to "Take care of this").  He's built this reputation of the big-businessman Kingpin without really ever having to work his way up through anything.  

      "Send lawyers, guns, and money."

      by scottman on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 07:55:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  huh? (0+ / 0-)

    With the new revelations that George W. Bush gave the orders to "out" CIA agent Valerie Plame...

    That's not true. The revelation from Scooter's testimony was that Bush OK'd the the release of portions (the bogus portions) of the NIE that countered Joe Wilson's findings in Niger.

    George W. Bush entered the oval office with no experience in foriegn diplomacy. He will leave the same way.

    by SheriffBart on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 08:04:03 PM PDT

  •  I was thinking of the above quote (0+ / 0-)

    just this evening, while watching the Benjamin Ginsberg interview on "Hardball." I don't know why I think "ratfucker" when I see him, but part of me thinks he was ID'd as one of Segretti's agents in 1972. Rove was. Lucianne Goldberg was the spy on the McGovern plane. Grover was really too young to have been a ratfucker, but you can be he was a rat masturbator in '72. (Sorry; could't resist). Quite a few people in 2000 and 2004 did things that would have been called ratfucking in 1973.

    If anything, it's worse today.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 08:31:00 PM PDT

  •  Well, Duuuuuuuhhhhhhh.... (0+ / 0-)

    If you want to get the whole story on the Bush crime family, go here  The book, George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, is a free download and well documented. And a fascinating insight into how the current Republican party came to be and how it's values got so skewed and twisted. Very interesting book. I found the link in another diary a while back, and read it with great interest.

    What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

    by Demfem on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 08:59:02 PM PDT

  •  Did the President already know? (0+ / 0-)

    Bob Schieffer wanted to know why Bush never demanded to know who the leakers were. I think we have the answer today.

    "I see that Bob Schieffer takes the president to task for not just hauling in his top aides two years ago and telling them he wanted to know who talked to the press. This is a good question and one which I think the press should be asking every day. But then, Bush has always been a little cagey on this, hasn't he? Why you'd almost think he already knew all about it."

    All you have to do is to tell the people they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

    by William Domingo on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:17:47 PM PDT

  •  Rattus Rattus (1+ / 0-)
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    Coffee Geek

    Incredibly, Bush incarnates the worst qualities of every Republican president of my lifetime:

    • The evil of Nixon
    • The klutziness of Ford
    • The brainlessness of Reagan
    • He's a Bush

    No wonder Republicans love him as much as all of those ratfuckers combined.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:21:50 PM PDT

  •  Bush: a ratfucker and CREEP his whole adult life (2+ / 0-)
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    TracieLynn, Ari Mistral

    It's what 1st Lt Gomer Bush was doing on a campaign before his missing AWOL period from the Champagne Corps. (Charming stuff like planting racist-based material smearing his candidate's opponent with being too tolerant towards so threatening a group as black kids who might ruin white schools.)
    He was also involved in repulsive tactics on Poppy's campaign against Dukakis that disgusted his own father. (He wanted to make it an issue that Kitty Dukakis had mental illness issues and was drug fiend for taking painkillers -- though his own mother had a battle with depression.)
    One ugly moment was to smear Bentzen by saying he'd used his influence to get his son an undeserved spot in the same Champagne Corps that Lt. Gomer Bush puked his way through likely had his ultimate designation of "unfit to serve" scrubbed for his runs for higher office. The punchline? Bentzen Junior was acqually qualified to do what he was there for and didn't desert during wartime.
    It's little wonder the First Creep is paranoid about testifying to anything under oath and allowing the slightest transparency or oversight on what he's doing.
    He operates in dirty trick mode by DEFAULT and every time the door on his dealings opens even a crack, the belch of filth that comes out is usually unprecedented in how disgusting it is.
    Gawd help us survive the coming together of the First Creep and Rove, another lifelong ratfucker and sociopath.

    napoli: To brutalize, rape, sodomize a young, religious virgin

    by Peanut on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:27:05 PM PDT

  •  Of course... (0+ / 0-)

    Cheney's enormous cock would never fit in a rat's ass. Bush is the only one with that capability... maybe Rove. But even if Bush were Secretary of State (ha ha ha ha ha), he'd still be the head rat fucker.

    He's the only one with the properly deficient equipment.

    Lucky me! Not everyone can afford to be poor.

    by killdiebold on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:35:46 PM PDT

  •  Ratfucking is subverting the Electoral process. (0+ / 0-)

    Ratfucking is a black art that is focused on the subversion of elections.  It requires the ability to think strategically and act covertly, so ratfuckers need a great deal of intelligence.

    Bush is definitely the beneficiary of Ratfucking on a collosal scale, but he doesn't have the brains for it. He's just another puppet like Reagan....but a less amiable and more arrogant puppet who will often slip the leash and do something unexpected like nominate Harriet Myers for SCOTUS.

    Rove and Cheney are the King Ratfuckers of the Bush Administration.  But, what they did to Wilson/Plame is not Ratfucking, because it was not part of an overall election subversion strategy.

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