WASHINGTON, July 13 — The year was 1973, and Karl Rove was looking for help — from the Nixon White House. Tucked away inside 78,000 pages of documents from the Nixon administration, released by the National Archives earlier this week, is a little gem: a strategy memorandum from the man who would go on to become the architect of President Bush’s rise to political power.
“Mr. Rove, then a 22-year-old aide on Capitol Hill, was planning a run to become chairman of the College Republicans, a position he would ultimately win twice…In his memorandum, Mr. Rove offered suggestions, from having college Republican clubs show “nonpolitical films for fund-raising (e.g. John Wayne flicks, ‘Reefer Madness’)” to developing a “Student Guide to Lobbying” with a “forward by Bush/Nixon.” That, of course, would be the elder George Bush, then chairman of the Republican National Committee, through whom Mr. Rove first met the current occupant of the White House.
“Mr. Rove suggested [he] could meet in Washington for “extensive briefings” with top administration officials like John D. Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman.
“That didn’t work out,” Mr. Rove said in a brief telephone interview Friday. (Mr. Haldeman and Mr. Ehrlichman resigned in April 1973 amid the Watergate scandal.)
[snicker] Also tucked in those 78,000 pages of Nixon documents released earlier in this week, John Kerry’s name came up:
“The collection at the library and online also includes such historical gems as a letter from a Nixon political adviser suggesting in 1973 that John Kerry, then an opponent of the Vietnam, would be a prize recruit for the Republican Party.”
Just goes to show you, whether 1973 or 2007, Republicans have always been delusional and out of touch with reality.
Cross posted from AoF