9 years ago: Oppo remorse

July 8, 2004, on this blog: Oppo remorse

All that work — weeks of literally sifting through garbage, of wining and dining old political or business rivals — all for nothing.

He was well paid, of course, the campaign has money to burn and they took care of him. And some of the dubious material he had dredged up might be useful to the state party. Yet he still feels disappointed and more hollow than usual.

Similar scenes are playing out elsewhere across the country. In St. Louis, a man who lists his occupation as “security consultant” holds in his grubby fingers the arrest record of a man who was once a social work client of Chrissy Gephardt. A disgraced former reporter sits in a Jacksonville, Fla., Motel 6, wondering what he’s supposed to do now with six boxes of selectively hilighted photocopies of Bob Graham’s daily diaries. A private investigator in Santa Fe is replaying a secretly recorded cassette of the governor of New Mexico singing along with the jukebox of a biker bar. The P.I. is actually feeling relieved — the worst things he had managed to dig up about Richardson were stories the governor himself bragged about.

The actual details are, of course, probably different. But rest assured, these guys are out there.

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  • Cathy W

    In retrospect, maybe the senator from North Carolina wasn’t the best choice… and thinking about the 2004 campaign reminds me that I heard this morning that Teresa Heinz Kerry is hospitalized, in critical condition, although the family was not releasing other information.

  • TheBrett

    The trials and tribulations of opposition research.

    I figure anyone who has been in state- and national-level politics for years has probably had to deal with some slimy people in their career. It’s just an unfortunate fact of life – what really matters is how entangled they were. Was it an arms length relationship, or something closer?

  • Ygorbla

    Hilarious in hindsight.

    I wonder what the poor shmucks hired to do oppo research on Edwards are up to nowadays? Great job they did. In retrospect, they probably would have been better off if they were one of the ones whose work was never used at all…