— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) August 24, 2015
Is he willing to say that under oath? https://t.co/o7MfnCU8ZU
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) August 24, 2015
…. of course he is, and that’s why Politico is hot to report how “State GOP leaders plot to tie Donald Trump’s hands” (just in Virginia and North Carolina — so far).
And speaking of sad nasty jobs, here’s a summer sweetener from the Daily Beast — “Undercover Republican Goes Hillary-Hunting in Clinton Library“:
… The RNC staffer has a vague list of the materials contained in the boxes and, to the untrained eye, they look pretty mundane. Press clippings, photos, memos, and “stuff to be signed by the by the first lady”—but to the opposition researcher, something previously overlooked in the pages could become newly relevant under the right political circumstances.
There are roughly 751 Hillary Clinton-related boxes in the library. They represent a tiny sliver of the 78 million pages of documents, 20 million emails, 2 million photos, and 12,500 videotapes the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum houses, according to the library’s website.
Since just 1 percent of the total collection has been digitized, being on location is key. The RNC staffer has personally gone through about 200 boxes, averaging about two a day or 20 a week…
The idea for the deep research dive came from defeat. In 2012, American Bridge 21st Century, the Democratic-aligned super PAC, spent months assembling an oppo file on Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Long before he became the Republican standard bearer, the group had an arsenal at its disposal.
When the general election campaign began, American Bridge was able to hit hard, respond quickly, and try to wound Romney on every aspect of his record.
After the election, Shah and like-minded colleagues founded America Rising, an outside group focused on opposition research in support of Republican candidates…
Which says a lot about the Repub mindset — even today. When Rommey was their standard-bearer, his opponents found a metric ton of vile stuff he’d done and said that could be aired in contradiction to the new, improved Mitt Mk. 2. Ergo, now that HRClinton’s due (probably) to pick up the Democratic flag, there must be a ton of nastiness buried in the Clinton archives… if only some lowly drone were to peruse every page, one by one. The facts that Hillary (a) is not Willard Romney and (b) has pretty much lived under the hostile glare of Repub oppo-researchers for the last twenty years just don’t matter; they know there’s a pony in that manure pile somewhere!
Apart from watching the RNC apply the Green Lantern principle to their own principals, what’s on the agenda for the day?