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An interesting e-mail exchange between Karl Rove and George Friedman, CEO of Stratfor, is among the document dump.

Looks like the two are bosom buddies, probably to no one's surprise.

Much of the exchange is fairly innocuous, and there's even some gratuitous 1%any goodness about hanging out on presumably-heated decks when the weather is chilly.

But there is one curious segment that, apparently, Karl Rove would prefer not go public...

The subject of the e-mails is Stratfor CEO and Rove-supplicant Friedman contacting Turd Blossom to set up a meeting between Dubya and the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States.

The request is made at the behest of a certain Kerry N. Cammack, of Cammack & Strong, P.C., to wit:

George, please contact Karl to coordinate the request you are
honoring from the Indonesian ambassador to the US for a courtesy
call and visit with President Bush. Karl believes the President
would favorably respond to the request but of course that is
contingent on timing and other scheduling commitments. Karl, the
ambassador is a friend of Georgei? 1/2s who has reached out to
him for assistance in arranging this meeting. Thanks for helping
my friend George respond to this request. Best, Kerry
Friedman is happy to oblige, writing Rove that the request comes from Kerry Cammack and that he would be his super bestie if a meeting could be arranged. To which Rove replies:

On 09/04/11 19:30 , Karl Rove wrote:

will do -- he has a call into me as well
I will tell him you inquired and then make it happen
both of us need to worry about what the public knowledge that we know
Cammack could do to our respective reputations
On Sep 4, 2011, at 7:38 PM, George Friedman wrote:

Thanks. I'm already doing damage control on teh Cammack matter.

Sounds serious, don't it?

Somebody help me out here. Now that this is public knowledge, why is it damaging to Rove's reputation, which I thought was already pretty throughly shit-stained?

There's a link to Cammack's web site above. Internet sleuths, have at it!

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

    by tomjones on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 09:13:31 AM PST

  •  For what it's worth (5+ / 0-)

    The Atlantic

    The group's [Stratfor] reputation among foreign policy writers, analysts, and practitioners is poor; they are considered a punchline more often than a source of valuable information or insight. As a former recipient of their "INTEL REPORTS" (I assume someone at Stratfor signed me up for a trial subscription, which appeared in my inbox unsolicited), what I found was typically some combination of publicly available information and bland "analysis" that had already appeared in the previous day's New York Times. A friend who works in intelligence once joked that Stratfor is just The Economist a week later and several hundred times more expensive. As of 2001, a Stratfor subscription could cost up to $40,000 per year.

    Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

    by jsfox on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 09:19:46 AM PST

  •  from google (4+ / 0-)
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    AmeriGroup & UnitedHealth Texas Lobby Contracts, 1997-2007
     Company No. of
    Lobby Contracts Min. Value of
    Lobby Contracts Max. Value of
    Lobby Contracts
     AMERIGROUP Corp. 68 $1,190,000 $2,560,000
     UnitedHealth Group* 112 $905,000 $2,665,000
    TOTALS: 180 $2,095,000 $5,225,000
    *Includes subsidiaries AmeriChoice, Evercare and Ovations.

    UnitedHealth’s top lobbyist outside TLG is Kerry Cammack, spouse of Texas Supreme Court Justice Harriett O’Neill. Cammack has done lobby subcontracting for indicted TRMPAC aide Jim Ellis. UnitedHealth lobbyist Leah Rummel directed the Texas Department of Insurance’s HMO unit in the mid 1990s before becoming head of an HMO trade group: the Texas Association of Health Plans. A.W. “Woody” Pogue is a former Texas Insurance Commissioner who became an insurance lobbyist at the Gardere firm.

    Ellis - isn't that a Bush relative?
  •  It looks like an inside joke. (0+ / 0-)

    Everybody's cc'ing everybody else, so Cammack's in the loop.

    "I had seen the universe as it begins for all things. It was, in reality, a child's universe, a tiny and laughing universe." Loren Eiseley

    by cadejo4 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 09:45:24 AM PST

  •  A couple of things (3+ / 0-)
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    1) The Cammack reputation jibe sounds like the sort of joke my friends make about each other, just good old boys poking fun at each other.

    2) Stratfor sounds like a slush fund. If their analysis is really as prosaic as its being made out to seem, and the cost is as high as it is, sounds like one of those deals where you subscribe to the "service" as a means of giving money to somebody without it appearing that you are simply giving them money.

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