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    He sought solace for himself, but remained a demanding narcissist as cancer ate him alive.  From John Brady's Bad Boy: The Life and Politics of Lee Atwater:

    Atwater's "deathbed confession" remains controversial to this day. ...

    For many readers, there was a credibility problem. He's been a bastard all his professional life, said his critics, and now we're supposed to believe him when he says he really loves us?

    Make no mistake: Lee still believed in the power of negative campaigning. "I prefer to call [it] comparative campaigning," he said. "Negative makes it sound as if you're beating up on the guy for no reason, which is different from choosing symbolic platforms, like the Pledge of Allegiance or the furlough program in Massachusetts, upon which to make compelling comparisons between candidates." No, Lee wasn't apologizing for that. "In 1988, fighting Dukakis, I said that I 'would strip the bark off the little bastard' and 'make Willie Horton his running mate.' I am sorry for both statements: the first for its naked cruelty, the second because it makes me sound racist, which I am not. Mostly I am sorry for the way I thought of other people. Like a good general, I had treated everyone who wasn't with me as against me."

    Was that an apology? With Lee Atwater, it's better to think of it as emotional damage control.

    There's a lengthy and revealing excerpt from Brady's book on the Washington Post's site.  If you're undergoing serious medical treatment (or someone close to you is) you may want to give it a pass.  It's not that it's so graphic about his physical ordeal, it's that you'll find no more solace in the account of his death by cancer than Atwater found in his faux Christianity.

    "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

    by KateCrashes on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:24:53 PM PST

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