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I think it was Mark Ames, who told a story about an earlier Reagan election. There were some rumors about his opponent making their rounds, maybe he was gay or something along those lines, but since it was only hearsay no respectable paper published them. So the Reagan people planted a reporter to ask him about the allegations which he answered with a quip.
The exchange was now news so everyone now had license to discuss the "scandal."
Impressive waste of time, apparently.
by generic on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 07:49:10 AM EST
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There's a very long history of "smear" campaigns (defamation) produced by opposition "research" UP and DOWN uniparty tickets. With the exception of Henry Wallace, my impression is that the longevity of formulaic illegitimate sex + illegitimate issue (miscegenation) trials have normally have complemented the popular imagination of Americana.

Not only are salacious buds nipped from the bush before they fully bloom, but America's electorate relies on The Press to arouse its civic duty with those insinuations of moral turpitude hiding in a candidate that best, or most accurately, ahh "give voice to" the healthy vanity of A Solid Middle-Class otherwise repressed by mundane pragmatism of equal or greater illicit "value".

Alleged novelty or cunning or unexpected results of Reagan's campaign to uproot deviance (eg. homosexuality) --especially following the relatively recent passing of The Edmund Muskie "scandal" wound up with Viet Nam-- underwhelms the ahh contextual sensitivity of consumers to yella sheet remediation. That particular device in the cycle was exhausted by the so-called Reagan era. FFS. His own son sabotaged that drama. For ever more, pretty much.

Fortunately, boomers have prepared their progeny to vanquish "white slavery", if red baiting proves ineffectual.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 7th, 2019 at 04:28:24 PM EST
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