Archive for April 8th, 2012
The greatest compliments I have ever heard were not meant as compliments.
One of the greatest compliments I ever received was from Richard Viguerie, a multimillionaire who was so good at fund-raising that the liberal media knew exactly what was meant when it said, “(This person) may be the Richard Viguerie of the left.”
Richard sent me an article for the New Right Papers which he probably hadn’t read. But I didn’t realize how they play it in the big leagues.
So I called Richard, ready to go through his article and my changes to it for the book.
You surely realize that Richard Viguerie had no reason to be an innocently trusting man. I could have gotten lots of cold cash and a Respectable Conservative Award for putting anything in that article that made him look bad.
I am NOT joking.
Richard’s compliment to me, which I have treasured, sure didn’t sound like a compliment. He said, “Bob, you have the article. Just do it and put it in.”
But it was an attitude that struck a chord with me.
I was senior staff on the Hill. The whole point of Senior Staff was that we did the work when the boss couldn’t.
All of it.
It will sound a bit weird to you — imagine anything in the Federal Government sounding weird to you, but in Intelligence the Ivy League left, along with WASPS like Bush, Senior, held all the top positions.
It sounds weird to say it, but the reason they called on Old Bob the Southerner or the Cubans or the Irish ethnics to go out in the back of nowhere for them was because they knew damned well that we were too provincial to be traitors.
The KGB was never able to send in someone who acted like a Boston Southie or a tenth generation Southerner like me. People like me have a trail all the way back to Reverend Alexander Whitaker, and BBG will tell you that a Boston Southie is hard to fake.
The Ivy League Cuban who was the head of the Cuba Deck of DIA may probably still be in prison for having been nothing but a Castro agent.
So, I kid you not, gang, they called us in when they needed someone LOYAL.
Another compliment I received was when I had given my boss a speech to put in the Record in which, as always, I worried I had not gotten a fact right. So I said to his official Administrative Assistant, his official Number Two, “Well, if it’s wrong, he’ll check it out, right?”
He replied, and he was obviously not happy to say it, “If YOU put it in, he’ll trust it.”
That AA moved on the next year, and Ashbrook gave me three offices when he took over as Ranking Member on the Ed and Labor Committee.
One good man and three offices
It shows how desperate congressmen get for loyalty.
I had my first nervous breakdown that year.
What Richard was saying was, “You’re senior staff under Ashbrook, Ranking member of the Internal Security Subcommittee, formerly known as the House UnAmerican Activities Committee(HUAC).”
Richard was pissed because I should have known it: “You I can trust. The only reason you are checking with me is because you are being lazy.”
That criticism made me feel very, very good.