You’ll recall, the DNC earlier this month announced that it had obtained through Republican bumbling a computer disk that contained a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Karl Rove, the White House and the RNC, and outlining their evaluation of the fall campaign. It was mildly embarrassing, if only because the presentation took a more cautious approach to certain elections: it didn’t predict a sweep of open Senate seats for Republicans, it portrayed negatively GOP hopes to win gubernatorial elections around the country, and it was cautious about House elections.
McAuliffe claimed a Senate Democratic staffer came upon a computer disk somewhere between the White House and the Hay-Adams Hotel. Once the staffer realized what it was, he handed it over to the DNC, which released it to the media with much fanfare.
But, in fact, Republicans now believe there was no disk. They believe after a White House political staffer made the presentation at the Hay-Adams to a group of California Republicans, a Democratic Party sympathizer at the hotel copied the presentation off of the temporary file that was created in the hotel’s overhead projection system.
“The presentation was made using a White House laptop and the Hay-Adams projection system. There was no disk, because you can’t easily store a full PowerPoint presentation on a disk like that. It’s easier just to store it on a hard drive and use the computer,” says a White House source. “We know the computer wasn’t stolen, so it had to come from somewhere else.”
Some in the White House even checked into whether the presentation could have been videotaped by a DNC operative, then re-created by Democrats. “Anyone could redo the PowerPoint presentation, there was nothing special about it,” says the source. “The DNC has the same capabilities we do. It would take them a day to do it.”
Either option portrays McAuliffe and his DNC elves as more devious and industrious than Republicans might prefer. “But we know we didn’t bumble this,” says an RNC senior adviser. “The Democrats didn’t get this because we were careless. If McAuliffe is so concerned about his party’s standing that he felt he had to sneak into one of our meetings for a campaign update, then he can crow about it all he wants. It just makes them look desperate.”p> HOMELAND LEAKOLOGY br> According to White House sources, no one was impressed with
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