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A half-century of political dirty tricks
WaPo ^ | January, 14, 2010 | Mark Feldstein

Posted on 01/14/2011 3:35:22 PM PST by Al B.

Fifty years ago next week, Richard Nixon stood uncomfortably on the Capitol's inaugural platform and watched his rival John F. Kennedy being sworn in as president. "We won" the election, Nixon fumed, "but they stole it from us."

Indeed, the dirty tricks that helped defeat Nixon were more devious than merely the ballot-stuffing of political lore. In one of the least-known chapters of 20th-century political history, Kennedy operatives secretly paid off an informant and set in motion a Watergate-like burglary that sabotaged Nixon's campaign on the eve of the election.

It began in the fall of 1960, when the Kennedy campaign spread word that Vice President Nixon had secretly pocketed money from billionaire Howard Hughes,.....


A half-century afterward, Washington still lives with the residue of the Kennedys' little-known dirty trick, which helped unleash our modern scandal culture and continues to influence politics and media today.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kennedy; nixon
Fascinating look at the origin of the culture of scandal in Washington.

Mark Levin just read a chunk of this article on his radio show.

1 posted on 01/14/2011 3:35:27 PM PST by Al B.
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To: Al B.

What about Nixon’s dirty tricks? He pretended he wasn’t a liberal.

2 posted on 01/14/2011 3:40:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Al B.

Caroline Kennedy And Maria Shriver Block Star-Studded Miniseries On The Kennedys

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3 posted on 01/14/2011 3:41:26 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori">)
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To: Brices Crossroads

You may enjoy this.

4 posted on 01/14/2011 3:42:32 PM PST by Al B. (Sarah Palin: "Buck up or stay in the truck.")
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To: Al B.

The takeaway from this? Never, ever, EVER trust a dhimicrat.

5 posted on 01/14/2011 3:44:37 PM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: Al B.

Yes I could believe ol Joe’s machine would do something like this...

Joe Kennedy wanted to be president but saet his heart on his oldest son, Joseph Jr to be the first Catholic president...

however Joseph was killed in a mysterious plane crash during WWII

Next up the next son, JFK who was a hero from WWII...

Senator from MASS John F Kennedy became POTUS by the even though the Republican Nixon got the popular vote...

Dirty Politics ???

No doubt...

6 posted on 01/14/2011 3:47:41 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

Yes. When he was busy making his fortune smuggling whiskey from Canada, Joseph Kennedy had connections with the Chicago Mafia.

Mayor Daley stole Illinois for JFK, and LBJ stole Texas, in return for the V.P. job.

Nixon actually won.

And although he seems to have endeared himself to some conservatives, JFK was actually a lousy, incompetent President.

Bay of Pigs, badly handled Vietnam War, assassination of Diem, and the list goes on.

7 posted on 01/14/2011 3:59:43 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Think about it. Just what did Joe end up with? Not only had he lost his oldest son in the war, his next two sons were murdered as a result of old Joe’s push to put a Kennedy in the White House. Then his youngest son becomes a drunkard and causes the death of a young woman. Joe himself ended up having a massive stroke around the time that JFK was elected. He spent the rest of his life in a wheel chair.

The moral of the story is that The Lord acts in mysterious ways. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but suffers the loss of his immortal soul?

8 posted on 01/14/2011 4:04:54 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: Al B.


9 posted on 01/14/2011 4:20:54 PM PST by kitkat ( Obama: Hype and Chains.)
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To: Cicero

Kennedy and co. also pulled real dirty tricks against Humphrey in the primaries by spreading anti Catholic literature and then blaming Humphrey’s campaign. This way they picked up a sympathy vote. Pretty low.

10 posted on 01/14/2011 4:29:27 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Al B.
Yes, the Kennedys played fast and loose with the law and politics. But the WaPo isn't all that clean itself. Look at Watergate. Ben Bradlee was an old friend of the Kennedys and probably relished a chance to hit Nixon again, this time for good; although he is portrayed as being fair and even-handed in the Watergate book by the people who worked for him (gee, I wonder why? . . . . ).

Comments from readers at the story defend Kennedy and castigate Nixon while admitting that both side committed "dirty tricks" (surprise, surprise - WaPo). Some of the defenders even make up, or believe, certain lies about Nixon, but always defend pretty-boy Kennedy.

11 posted on 01/14/2011 4:48:08 PM PST by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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Yes. It’s ironic that so many Catholics voted for Kennedy, because he would be the first Catholic President, a groundbreaking precedent after many years of anti-Catholic discrimination.

And then Kennedy turned around in office and never did a thing that could have been said to have been motivated by his Catholic upbringing or by orthodox Catholic values.

Kind of like his brother Teddy. Catholic in Name Only.

12 posted on 01/14/2011 5:16:28 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: CdMGuy

well said.

13 posted on 01/14/2011 7:16:27 PM PST by bobby.223
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