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Harry Reid’s “Lyndon Larouche Moment”


In a conference call with reporters a few moments ago, Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman described Senator Harry Reid’s attack on Vice President Dick Cheney as a “Lyndon LaRouche moment” in which Reid, according to Mehlman, embraced a number of conspiracy theories about the vice president. During a press appearance yesterday, Reid said:

The manipulation of intelligence to sell a war in Iraq, Vice President Cheney’s involved in that. The White House energy policy that puts big oil ahead of the American consumer, Vice President Cheney is behind that. Leaking classified information to discredit White House critics, the vice president is behind that. Halliburton, contracting abuse, the list goes on and it goes on…
The purpose of Mehlman’s call was to discuss the results of yesterday’s elections. He also addressed the question of Republican candidates who, at least for now, do not want President Bush to campaign with them. “Where he can be helpful and they want him to be helpful, he’ll be helpful, he’s a generous person,” Mehlman said of the president. “For people who believe that it would be better if he didn’t, that’s fine, too.”

Beyond that, the most notable aspect of the session was that it was infiltrated by several prank callers who made Howard Stern-style statements when their turn came to speak. Apparently Markos Moulitsas, founder of the left-wing dailykos website, obtained the phone number and passcode for the call and urged his supporters to call in. Their occasionally obscene comments were not a particularly impressive performance by the representatives of the left, but, as one RNC official said, “It made it a little lively.”