With a white, triangular handkerchief tucked into his breast pocket, former U.S. Senator Gary Hart sips coffee in Washington's Mayflower Hotel on a recent Thursday morning. He also receives calls on a cell phone that plays a Mozart cantata; points out Clifford May in the lobby ("a mouthpiece for the Republican party -- probably here meeting Chalabi"); and talks about political gossip, George Tenet and, most importantly, his new book, The Fourth Power: A Grand Strategy for the United States in the Twenty-First Century.
David Brock, author of the best-selling Blinded by the Right and head of the Web site Media Matters.org, has written a new book, The Republican Noise Machine. In a Georgetown house built "circa 1860," according to a plaque, with a well-stocked liquor bar (three kinds of whiskey), fresh flowers, and a library that includes the National Review, The Weekly Standard, and The Cheese Plate, he talks about book publishing, Rush Limbaugh, and the sins of his past.
Nobody knows how to manipulate the media better than David Brock.
As a former "right-wing hit man" (his words), he skewered Anita Hill -- first in a 22,000-word American Spectator (October 1992) article and then in a best-selling book, The Real Anita Hill, described by Anthony Lewis as "Sleaze With Footnotes." He even "put a lie in print," as he recounts in Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative, when he tore apart Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson's 1994 book, Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, in the Spectator, shredding material in their book he knew was true.
On April 30, the day his book, The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity -- A Diplomat's Memoir, was released, Ambassador Joseph Wilson met with a visitor in his office on Pennsylvania Avenue (decorated with a framed, handwritten note dated September 30, 1998, from George Bush Senior, saying, “You accomplished so much for our country.”). As Wilson fiddled with Iraqi worry beads (and clipped his nails), he explained what it's like to be a whistle-blower, why Karl Rove should be “frog-marched” out of the White House in handcuffs, and why, despite his “notoriety,” he got only $10,000 to write his book.
The socialists are in; the conservatives are out. Three days after a terrorist attack in Madrid killed 200 people, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party won the national elections, receiving more votes than the successor chosen by former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. Ivo Daalder, 44, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and the co-author of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, explains what the Spanish election could mean for Americans.
What effect will the Spanish elections have on Bush?