From Where The Ugliness Will Come
Thank you to our reader, Epiphany, for the heads-up, and to TPM, for exposing the incipient dirty tricks that will be part of this presidential campaign. Seems that the RNC is hiring Tim Griffin to do oppo research on Barack Obama.
Griffin was going to be rewarded the position of US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, replacing Bud Cummins, when seven U.S. attorneys were controversially fired on December 7, 2006. As a protoge of Karl Rove, it was suspected that Griffin, among others, was to receive an interim appointment as a reward for his Republican loyalty. A little-known March, 2006 revision to the Patriot Act made it so that interim appointees could serve indefinitely, thus avoiding the Senate confirmation process. When Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty testified that Cummins was dismissed to make room for Griffin, Griffin decided not to pursue the job.
Griffin did oppo research on John Kerry last time around, and in a 2000 BBC documentary called Digging the Dirt, Griffin, is seen during the first Bush-Gore debate standing next to a sign reading “ON MY COMMAND-UNLEASH HELL (ON AL)”, and then describes his role by saying, “We think of ourselves as the creators of the ammunition in a war,” he says. “We make the bullets.”
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