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Release of Wallace shooter rekindles conspiracy talk [Nixon did it]
Capital Times ^ | 8/31/2007 | Joel McNally

Posted on 09/03/2007 5:36:49 PM PDT by SJackson

In these days of 24-hour news cycles churning out forgettable headlines about interchangeable celebrities of no importance, it's nostalgic to be reminded of a time when sensational news spawned complicated conspiracy theories that could be followed for years.

Arthur Bremer, an emotionally troubled young busboy from Milwaukee convicted 35 years ago of attempting to assassinate segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace, will be released from prison this year.

Today's reporters probably only dimly remember Bremer or the serious speculation that he could have been a patsy at the center of a criminal conspiracy masterminded by former CIA operatives working for the president of the United States.

Before you dismiss the idea as preposterous, remember that the president of the United States in 1972 was Richard Nixon. We now know the Nixon White House was a criminal headquarters employing former CIA operatives to carry out burglaries and plot kidnappings.

When Bremer was arrested as the lone gunman in the shooting of Wallace and three others at a Laurel, Md., shopping center, Wallace was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Nixon's re-election.

That was the election Nixon and his top aides were so paranoid about losing they commissioned the Watergate crimes that eventually drove Nixon from office.

Before the final election against Sen. George McGovern, there was another serious threat to Nixon's re-election strategy. It was Gov. George Wallace.

Wallace was a threat to Nixon's Southern strategy, a cynical appeal to racism that continues to poison Republican politics to this day.

During the years when racist Southern Democratic senators filibustered against civil rights legislation, Republicans, the party of Lincoln, supported civil rights.

The Republican Party actually had a healthy liberal wing led by New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, whose family fortune helped support historically black colleges in the South and the civil rights activities of the Rev. Martin Luther King.

That all changed after Texas Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who aspired to the presidency, engineered his party's conversion in support of civil rights.

Nixon saw the alienation of racist Southern whites from the Democratic Party as an opportunity. Turning his back on his own party's proud history, Nixon openly courted the opponents of civil rights.

Wallace was a direct threat to Nixon's Southern strategy. If Wallace, a segregationist Democrat, got on the national ticket or even attracted enough votes to soften Democratic support for civil rights, it could stop Southern whites from turning to the Republicans.

The political threat to Nixon ended when the assassination attempt cut short Wallace's campaign and put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

But was Bremer a troubled loner who just happened to serve Nixon's interest, or -- as conspiracy theorists suspected of Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray in the '60s -- was he a convenient fall guy set up as part of a wider plot?

Some curious evidence in Milwaukee helped fuel such speculation.

As soon as Bremer was ide.jpgied as the shooter, local reporters went to his apartment. They were amazed that, in the case of a man accused of shooting a presidential candidate and three others including a Secret Service agent, they were able to walk right in.

One reporter later said he had never been in a crime-related scene where evidence appeared to be so carefully laid out for the press.

Almost immediately, reporters found a diary, supposedly written by Bremer, in which he described stalking not only Wallace, but also Nixon himself.

Later the diary was published. One particular part caught my attention because I was covering City Hall at the time. That was a section in which Bremer purportedly said he'd originally considered assassinating the mayor of Milwaukee.

In the diary, he said he decided the mayor wasn't important enough. But that's not exactly how he put it. In the diary, Bremer said he concluded the mayor was "just a fat, little noise."

I covered Milwaukee Mayor Henry Maier at the time. He was a man of average height and not noticeably overweight. It seemed like an odd description to be used by anyone from Milwaukee who was familiar with its mayor.

I thought about that later when all those wild Watergate stories started coming out. One of the shadowy figures behind the Watergate burglary was a former CIA agent named E. Howard Hunt. Hunt made money on the side by writing pulp fiction spy thrillers.

Hunt seemed like the perfect guy to write a fictional assassin's diary. During Watergate, it was revealed that Nixon used Hunt and others to forge Kennedy administration memos to discredit the man Nixon hated most, John F. Kennedy, who had defeated him in 1960.

Oh, yeah. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists also claim witnesses saw Hunt in the vicinity of the grassy knoll on Nov. 22, 1963.

It's a good thing nobody believes any of those crazy conspiracy theories.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: arthurbremer; blamenixon; cheeseandwhine; conspiracytheory; dnctalkingpoints; georgewallace

1 posted on 09/03/2007 5:36:50 PM PDT by SJackson
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A great conspiracy theory Progressives should be proud of.

How old was GWB then and just what was he doing?

2 posted on 09/03/2007 5:37:36 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: SJackson
In these days of 24-hour news cycles churning out forgettable headlines about interchangeable celebrities of no importance, it's nostalgic to be reminded of a time when sensational news spawned complicated conspiracy theories that could be followed for years.

Like........................9-11?  Iraq?  The "Stolen" 2000 and 2004 elections?

What an incredibly stupid sentence to begin an article with.

3 posted on 09/03/2007 5:40:04 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: SJackson
I was waiting for the punchline. A good conspiracy theory should at least have some evidence behind it.

Is there some writing of E. Howard Hunt in which he used the phrase "fat, little noise"? That's where this article seemed headed. But it never got there. How disappointing :)

4 posted on 09/03/2007 5:41:18 PM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: SJackson

I think I’ll go out on a limb and say that Joel McNally is an idiot.


5 posted on 09/03/2007 5:41:37 PM PDT by puroresu
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To: SJackson

“...there was another serious threat to Nixon’s re-election strategy. It was Gov. George Wallace.”

Hahahahaha... you must be kidding me...


6 posted on 09/03/2007 5:42:24 PM PDT by gate2wire
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To: SJackson
...to discredit the man Nixon hated most, John F. Kennedy, who had defeated him in 1960.

Those Chicago election "results" will ALWAYS stink to high heaven in the political world that rehashes the results of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

7 posted on 09/03/2007 5:42:57 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: puroresu

Maybe he’s just a red diaper doper baby.


8 posted on 09/03/2007 5:43:41 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: SJackson

yankees did it...!!!!


9 posted on 09/03/2007 5:44:52 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (When the Last Two Prophets are taken, there will be no Tommorrow!)
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To: SJackson
"We now know the Nixon White House was a criminal headquarters employing former CIA operatives to carry out burglaries and plot kidnappings."

Yup, no bias there. Last time I checked, buggings started with FDR, but the public isn't supposed to know that little fact. As Nixon himself implied, they just changed the rules in the middle of the game.

10 posted on 09/03/2007 5:47:39 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: SJackson

Actually Jeb Magruder and some other operatives did consider a pamphlet drop of McGovern literature in Bremer’s Milwaukee apartment right after the events in Laurel.

Which is priceless, when you really get right down to it.


11 posted on 09/03/2007 5:48:00 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: SJackson
He neglects to include George Wallace's most famous quote in this screed out of Left field...

"Segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever!" - Gov. George Wallace (D) 1963.

So Nixon was a bigot and he wanted to protect the party of the bigots but Wallace was going to receive the support of black voters even though he was a staunch segregationist. Right.

12 posted on 09/03/2007 5:49:19 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: SJackson

“Oh, yeah. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists also claim witnesses saw Hunt in the vicinity of the grassy knoll on Nov. 22, 1963.’

I love this kind of crap. If Hunt was such a devious character, WWII Vet, trained by the CIA, determined to assassinate the Pres., would he have allowed himself to be seen at the grassy knoll, where the “other shooter” fired from?


13 posted on 09/03/2007 5:50:45 PM PDT by gate2wire
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To: weegee

LOL! I’m really thankful that President Reagan survived the assassination attempt on him. First and foremost, I loved the man and think he was the greatest president of the twentieth century. But second, if he had died, the likes of Oliver Stone and Michael Moore (and Joel McNally) would by now have devised a conspiracy theory about the murder. We’d be told that Reagan, upon taking office, realized that we needed to appease the Soviet Union, and had privately told members of the “military-industrial complex” that he was cancelling his planned military buildup. In response, the “right-wing cabal” had him murdered, using a brainwashed psycho with a fixation on Jodie Foster as cover.


14 posted on 09/03/2007 5:50:55 PM PDT by puroresu
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To: gate2wire
“...there was another serious threat to Nixon’s re-election strategy. It was Gov. George Wallace.”

Wallace was an unusual candidate. As a third party candidate in 1968 he won ten million votes and carried five states. In 1972 he was running for the 'rat nomination against a set of antiwar dickheads. He was a threat, definitely, and had to be taken seriously. That said, the conspiracy theory about Bremer was never taken seriously even by the media Nixon haters at the time.

15 posted on 09/03/2007 5:58:38 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SJackson

WHO CARES,,, maim your own,


16 posted on 09/03/2007 6:02:11 PM PDT by silentreignofheroes (When the Last Two Prophets are taken, there will be no Tommorrow!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

No disrespect intended but, bull$hit. Wallace was never going to be the Democrat nominee. He might have carried some states after Johnson bailed, but do you honestly believe the Rats would have voted for him? Please...


17 posted on 09/03/2007 6:04:56 PM PDT by gate2wire
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To: SJackson

Bremer is a leftist goober. Who really believes he would work for Nixon, or anyone associated with Nixon. This is just another example of the Left lying about historic events, something they do all the time.


18 posted on 09/03/2007 6:05:49 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: puroresu

As I recall Hinkley’s parents were having dinner with Neil Bush while he was stalking Reagan.


19 posted on 09/03/2007 6:06:03 PM PDT by nvcdl
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To: popdonnelly
I read recently that Bremer had considered trying to shoot Nixon instead, but decided that the security around him would be too strong for him to succeed.

The man who tried to shoot FDR in Feb. 1933 (a couple of weeks before he was due to be inaugurated) ended up killing a mayor instead--Anton Cermak of Chicago.

20 posted on 09/03/2007 6:24:30 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SJackson
Wallace was a threat to Nixon's Southern strategy, a cynical appeal to racism that continues to poison Republican politics to this day.

What a crock. The rat party is the racist party.

21 posted on 09/03/2007 6:38:19 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Verginius Rufus
I read recently that Bremer had considered trying to shoot Nixon instead, but decided that the security around him would be too strong for him to succeed. The man who tried to shoot FDR in Feb. 1933 (a couple of weeks before he was due to be inaugurated) ended up killing a mayor instead--Anton Cermak of Chicago.

You are probably correct in your assumption that Bremer was the typical loser who just wanted to shoot someone famous to give his own pathetic life a sense of importance.

However, you are probably incorrect that Cermak was a second choice in place of FDR. Cermak was shot while near FDR. The assumption has always been that the shooter aimed for FDR, but missed. Other thories suggest that Cermak was the intended target because he was tough on Chicago mobsters. In any, case, Cermak could not have been chosen because he was an easier target than FDR when he was shot while shaking hands with FDR.

22 posted on 09/03/2007 6:55:55 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: SJackson
Wow, a conspiracy so deep no sane person ever even heard of it.
23 posted on 09/03/2007 7:10:37 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: SJackson

“Before you dismiss the idea as preposterous, remember that the president of the United States in 1972 was Richard Nixon.”

I still remember the day I learned Wallace had been shot. My first thought was “Why?” Who would want to kill a candidate who was polling only 3%? I thought the guy who told me was pulling my leg.


24 posted on 09/03/2007 7:24:27 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: puroresu
I think I’ll go out on a limb and say that Joel McNally is an idiot.

ditto's!

25 posted on 09/03/2007 7:26:12 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: hinckley buzzard
“...there was another serious threat to Nixon’s re-election strategy. It was Gov. George Wallace.”

The biggest threat to Nixon was Senator Henry M. Jackson who was on his infamous "enemies list." Instead of Jackson the public got the choice of George McGovern vs. Nixon which is exactly what Nixon needed to win every state but Massachusetts. The DemocRAT party has been nutzoid ever since that fateful year...

26 posted on 09/03/2007 7:30:53 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: SJackson
As with most conspiracy theories, the primary "evidence" of the conspiracy is the apparent benefit to the conspirators. It's pure circular logic, but most of the people who believe in this nonsense wouldn't know what that was anyway.

It's like people who insist on a conspiracy in the Florida election results in 2000. You ask, "Well, how do you know?" and they invariably come back with "Look, the governor was his brother." And they say it as if this logically proved their argument.

27 posted on 09/03/2007 7:34:01 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: weegee
I know I remember this right. John Kennedy and Richard Nixon were friends! I heard Cris Mathews discussing it one night.

He went on to tell why Nixon didn't demand a recount. He didn't feel Kennedy had anything to do with the voting in Chicago or the mix up in Texas.

Chris even said that Nixon didn,t want the country to go through the trouble that would result. — It is what Gore did and Nixon wouldn't do!!!

28 posted on 09/03/2007 7:37:34 PM PDT by frannie (Be not afraid of tomorrow - God is already there!)
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To: weegee
I know I remember this right. John Kennedy and Richard Nixon were friends! I heard Cris Mathews discussing it one night.

He went on to tell why Nixon didn't demand a recount. He didn't feel Kennedy had anything to do with the voting in Chicago or the mix up in Texas.

Chris even said that Nixon didn,t want the country to go through the trouble that would result. — It is what Gore did and Nixon wouldn't do!!!

29 posted on 09/03/2007 7:37:36 PM PDT by frannie (Be not afraid of tomorrow - God is already there!)
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To: SJackson

Look for every right wing conspiracy theory ever conceived to be paraded around before next Friday. The Rats want as much dust in the air as possible when Hillary goes on the stand.


30 posted on 09/03/2007 7:51:26 PM PDT by Old Flat Toad (Pima County, Home of the single car accident with 40 victims)
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To: frannie
According to Seymour Hersh (The Dark Side of Camelot) Kennedy had intended to ask Stuart Symington to be his running mate but was blackmailed into taking LBJ instead (thanks to the intervention of J. Edgar Hoover with his FBI file). If Symington instead of Johnson had been on the ticket, JFK probably wouldn't have carried Texas (he barely did so with LBJ) so he might have lost to Nixon.

JFK won 303 electoral votes, 35 more than needed (268), so Texas by itself (24 electoral votes) or Illinois by itself (27 EV) wouldn't have made the difference. I guess it's impossible to say what the impact of LBJ not being on the ticket would have been in the states that were very close in 1960, such as South Carolina and Hawaii. Without Texas, SC, and Hawaii, JFK would have had the bare minimum needed to win...but because there were some votes cast for Harry F. Byrd, that would have thrown the decision into the House of Representatives. If Nixon had carried both Texas and Illinois, he would have had enough EVs to win.

31 posted on 09/03/2007 8:38:42 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: frannie
"He went on to tell why Nixon didn't demand a recount. He didn't feel Kennedy had anything to do with the voting in Chicago or the mix up in Texas. Chris even said that Nixon didn,t want the country to go through the trouble that would result. — It is what Gore did and Nixon wouldn't do!!!"

I remember telling my friend this in 2000. I told her, if Gore was a class act and accepted defeat graciously he could run again in the future and win the Presidency just like Nixon did 8 years after his defeat. But because Gore was such a sore loser infant, he completely blew THAT chance.

32 posted on 09/03/2007 9:53:32 PM PDT by boop (Trunk Monkey. Is there anything he can't do?)
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To: Dr. Frank fan
Is there some writing of E. Howard Hunt in which he used the phrase "fat, little noise"? That's where this article seemed headed. But it never got there. How disappointing :)

That's exactly what I was waiting for; and in the absence of such a morsel I am forced to give this article an F-minus.

33 posted on 09/03/2007 10:00:14 PM PDT by Junior_G
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