New Political Strategy?

This one’s funny as hell. From the famous Page Six:

HUSTLER magazine tricked conservative former House Speaker-elect Bob Livingston into thinking it had proof of his extramarital affairs in 1998, forcing him to resign and taking the heat off then-sex-scandal-beleaguered President Bill Clinton.

That’s the bombshell claim by former Hustler editor Allan MacDonell in his tell-all about Larry Flynt’s X-rated empire, “Prisoner of X,” due out in May.

The hoax stemmed from a notorious publicity stunt that smut-raker-turned-political-muckraker Flynt pulled when he took out a Washington Post ad in which he offered $1 million or more to anyone who could provide evidence of “sexual indiscretions” by top Republican officials in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky affair.

In 1998, Livingston, a Louisiana Republican and avid proponent of impeaching Clinton, got snared in the Hustler hoax. “We actually had nothing on Livingston,” MacDonell tells Page Six. He explains, “an elected Republican office holder from Louisiana passed us the phone number of a woman who was supposedly Livingston’s girlfriend. But when we phoned her, she cursed us and hung up.

“About a day later,” MacDonell says, “a reporter from Roll Call [the Capitol Hill newspaper] called and said he’d heard that we were working up something on Livingston. I thought: What would Larry do? Then I said, ‘I cannot discuss any names or other details at this time.’ The reporter replied: ‘I’m running with it.’ ”

If Libertarians can’t get elected to Congress in 2006, we could always run a political strategy loosely based on this general theme. At least we’d expose a lot in DC while getting a lot them booted from office. However; what scares more than the ones with skeletons in their closets are the ones who’ve led such a boring life that they have no such skeletons.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. Isn’t the general “theme” of what happened there someone throwing shit at a wall and seeing what stuck? I’m all for exposing people if there’s actually evidence, but saying “I know what you did last summer” while having no clue as if to anyone’s actually done something doesn’t seem like it would be particularly effective.

  2. What makes you think that sexual indiscretions matter anymore?

    After all Bush committed several supposedly political-career-ending indiscretions (DUI, cokehead, AWOL from the NG) and they didn’t keep him out of office.