If it took you two glances at the image to the left to realize what it's meant to look like, you've already donated a few seconds of your time to the cause of right-wing attack dog Roger Stone. He's the guy who is accused of making nasty phone calls to Eliot Spitzer's dad (remember how we punctured his alibi?). He's also been affiliated with dirty tricks for decades, from Nixon's Committee to Reelect the President (yes, that CREEP) to some maybe shady dealings with Roy Cohn and a couple of mobsters. Anyway, this time around, his efforts are pretty straightforward. The image you see here is the symbol for his new group, Citizens United Not Timid. CUNT, for short. Straightforward enough for you? "It's a simple joke," Roger Stone told The Weekly Standard. "It's not War and Peace. The truth is, we sat around for hours trying to come up with words for BITCH and just couldn't do it." The sole purpose of Stone's new group is to sell T-shirts with the above symbol from a Website. "The more people buy the T-shirts, the more people wear the T-shirts," he says. "The more people wear the T-shirts, the more people are educated." Hmm. And people complain that in this election, nobody's talking enough about education.
Citizens United Not Timid [Official Site]
Making Political Trouble [Weekly Standard]
"Legendary" GOP Strategist Launches Hillary Namecalling Effort [TPM]
Today disgraced GOP consultant Roger Stone tried to take his lemons and make, well, sour grapes. On his Website, "The Stone Zone" (yep, that's right), he posts a review of the show Frost/Nixon. You know, the one he was supposedly attending the night he allegedly made deranged phone calls to Eliot Spitzer's dad? Yeah, the play that he actually couldn't have seen because it was dark that night. Well, anyway, he did see it, and he has this to say: "I highly recommend the play to Governor Eliot Spitzer because it underlines the dangers hubris and the inexorable web a public official tangles himself in when he tells a lie. Since the play has closed I hope the Governor can catch a revival." Well. It took him three weeks to come up with that spin? Let's hope the Republicans weren't paying him that much.
Roger Stone: The Stone Zone [Official Site] via [Gawker] and [Room8]
Earlier:Roger Stone's Alibi: No ‘Frost/Nixon’ on Monday Nights
Everyone agrees that, whatever else happened, the bizarre late-night phone call to Eliot Spitzer's dad was made on the evening of August 6, a bit before 10 p.m. Bernard Spitzer's lawyers says it came from Roger Stone, a Republican consultant; Stone says Democratic operatives broke into his Central Park South apartment and used his phone to frame him. He couldn't have made the call, Stone said in a statement posted to his Website, because "[o]n the night this call was allegedly made, I was at the theater catching the play NIXON and FROST [sic]." We'll ignore the ironies that Nixon is modern politics' greatest dirty trickster, that Stone worked for Nixon, and that the fulcrum of Frost/Nixon is a (fictional) bizarre late-night phone call. We'll just note this: August 6, 2007, was a Monday. And like many Broadway shows, the play, which closed this weekend, took that night off. "We were completely dark on Mondays," a rep from its management company told us. —Geoffrey Gray