Posted on | August 14, 2014 | 10 Comments
In a major power play that aligns liberal muscle more fully behind the Democratic Party — and Hillary Clinton — the self-described right-wing hitman-turned-Clinton enforcer David Brock is taking over a leading watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Brock was elected chairman of the group’s board last week after laying out a multifaceted expansion intended to turn the group into a more muscular — and likely partisan — attack dog, according to sources familiar with the move.
But just so no one has to guess at who Brock had to bl*w to get his money, it was George Soros.
I once actually met David Brock. In 1999 or 2000, as I recall, Salon.com had a big event at Union Station in D.C. At that time, David Horowitz was the token conservative columnist at Salon.com, and I managed to wangle press credentials to cover the panel he was speaking on. Horowitz and I were already acquainted, because I’d done a feature article about his latest book. After the panel discussion, I sort of tagged along while Horowitz made his way through a huge reception, with 300 or 400 people, many of them media/political types who rank as celebrities inside the Beltway.
So we’re making our way through this crowded cocktail party when we encountered David Brock. Horowitz stopped briefly to chat, just a two- or three-sentence exchange of necessary social courtesy.
Merely a spectator, I was struck by Brock’s languid, blasé manner. He reminded me of certain dopeheads I used to know in the late 1970s — “dudes on ‘ludes,” we called ’em, referencing the popular tranquilizer Qaalude. Maybe Brock was stone sober that night. I don’t know. But my distinct impression was that he was on something — maybe cold medicine, maybe Valium, maybe Prozac, or maybe he’d just had too many glasses of wine at the reception.
When he later became head of Media Matters, I didn’t pay much attention, figuring that Brock’s job was as a figurehead money-magnet — the “name brand” who schmoozed the donors, rather than actually doing any work. In 2012, when the Daily Caller reported on Brock’s “volatile and erratic behavior and struggles with mental illness,” I was not surprised. He’s just a creepy guy.
Bad causes attract bad people. Q.E.D.