Mark Stevens to Heritage: “This is war.” — AND — A Darrell Issa investigation of left wing bullies?
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Ellsberg, recall, was the onetime Defense Department employee discovered in 1971 to be the leaker of the top secret Pentagon Papers, an act that understandably infuriated Nixon. With the obvious distinction that Fusion GPS went after public information, while the Plumbers were after private information on Ellsberg and committed burglary to try and achieve their objective, the driving motivation appears to be identical.
Frank VanderSloot is today’s Daniel Ellsberg.
The intent in both instances was exactly the same: troll for dirt (to use Strassel’s term) to discredit Ellsberg and VanderSloot with presumably embarrassing personal records. Thus intimidating the respective opponents of Richard Nixon and Barack Obama, while at the same time casting the opposition to the president involved as either a nutcase (Nixon’s critic Ellsberg) or a slimy homophobe (Obama’s critic, the Romney supporter VanderSloot). Making sure each critic was not only effectively silenced, but personally ruined in the bargain.
And, in fact, while the liberal media of the day made Ellsberg a hero, as VanderSloot tells Fox’s Neil Cavuto, he has in fact lost a “couple hundred customers” as a result of being falsely labeled — or is that libeled? — by an official Obama web site (laughably titled “Keeping the GOP Honest”) as “a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”
So the questions:
Follow the money: Who was the Obama supporter who supplied the bucks to pay Fusion GPS to burrow into files in the presumed bowels of an Idaho Falls county clerk’s office? With the goal of wrecking the reputation and business of a Romney contributor named Frank VanderSloot?
And why isn’t there a demand to the Obama campaign for an internal investigation and the necessary five minutes to supply this name? After all, this whole incident originated with that official Obama site “Keeping the GOP Honest,” on which VanderSloot’s name was published along with several other Romney SuperPAC donors.
What did Obama campaign officials David Axelrod and Jim Messina know — and when did they know it? The Watergate scandal not only famously brought Nixon’s resignation and the imprisonment of his senior White House staff, it also sent to jail or indicted officials of Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign, including his campaign manager — Nixon’s version of Axelrod and Messina — former Attorney General John Mitchell. Mitchell was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury. At one point, as memorably recorded by Watergate’s reporter-heroes Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Mitchell threatened the Washington Post’s publisher by saying, “Katie Graham’s gonna get her t** caught in a big fat wringer if that’s published.”
The left howled in fury at the idea of threatening the Washington Post. But liberals have no problem with threatening Rush Limbaugh.
Does any of this VanderSloot business sound familiar? Yes, it does.
Before Frank VanderSloot, the target was Rush Limbaugh advertiser Mark Stevens.
Before Mr. Stevens the target was Rush Limbaugh.
Before that it was Pat Buchanan.
Before that it was Glenn Beck.
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