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Monday, March 12, 2018

Presidents Downed by Office Seekers

For John, BLUFFrom Mark Twain, “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.  It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.”.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This evening I drove my friend, Rick, to the Monday Night Dinner Group (MNDG) location, at the Raddison, over in Chelmsford (his eyes were dilated for ophthalmic procedures).  On the way back we were talking about how, in my view, the Democrats are shifting from the "Trump colluded with Russia" meme to one of general corruption.  My friend Rick was trying to make the point that the "Stormy Daniels" Affair was harmful to President Trump.

Somehow we got over on Watergate and I made the point that like the Assassination of President James A Garfield, President Richard M Nixon was brought down by a disgruntled office seeker, in this case a member of the FBI Hierarchy who wanted to be the Director.  At the time I couldn't remember this person's name, so I had to look it up.

President Richard M Nixon was brought down in the Watergate Scandal by someone known to us for some time as "Deep Throat".  It later turns out that "Deep Throat" was a failed office seeker, Mr Mark Felt.

President James A Garfield was shot on 2 July 1881 by Mr Charles J. Guiteau, a disgruntled office seeker.  President Garfield was killed by his attending physicians, but Mr Guiteau got the credit at the trial

I hope history does not repeat itself.

But, my exit question is, do we think the pittance Russia spent on our 2016 election was more than rust on the scales when compared to the amounts spend by the Republicans ($646.8M) and Democrats ($1,191M) on the same election?

Regards  —  Cliff

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