‘An­i­mal’ on guard

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

We have to laugh at Matt Labash’s in-depth (11 pages) Weekly Stan­dard cover story, “Roger Stone, Po­lit­i­cal An­i­mal,” who while a mere shell of the po­lit­i­cal an­i­mal he once was still gets blamed to­day “for things I have noth­ing to do with.”

Once was the time Mr. Stone im­planted his claws into ev­ery pres­i­den­tial cam­paign start­ing with Richard M. Nixon promis­ing “to pro­duce more than I prom­ise.” And, as Mr. Labash writes, he has “the bat­tle scars to prove it.”

More re­cently, he was blamed for leak­ing Ge­orge W. Bush’s forged Air Na­tional Guard records, and whereas most rightwing po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives would de­light in tak­ing credit for the demise of Dan Rather, Mr. Stone la­bels such charges pre­pos­ter­ous.

He made his bones dur­ing the Rea­gan era, hang­ing his po­lit­i­cal lob­by­ist shin­gle along­side old friends Charles Black, Paul Manafort and later Lee At­wa­ter. But in 1996, when work­ing as an un­paid ad­viser to Bob Dole, his ca­reer in main­stream pol­i­tics ground to a lurid halt when pho­to­graphs showed Mr. Stone and his sec­ond wife, Ny­dia, “strik­ing come-hither poses in swinger’s ads, putting out the call for bed­room play­mates with ex­act­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions: ‘no smok­ers or fats please,’ “ Mr. Labash re­calls.

“When I bring this up to Stone, he looks pained,” says the Stan­dard’s se­nior writer, who spent a week in­ter­view­ing Mr. Stone in New York and at his home in Mi­ami, where the once-con­fi­dent con­sul­tant can’t quite re­lax th­ese days.

“Though he ap­pears to knock down each drink I or­der him, it turns out he has had only one,” Mr. Labash re­veals. “He greased the waiter in ad­vance, telling him to only bring olives and wa­ter in his mar­tini glass af­ter the first one. He didn’t want me to have the edge, in case I was there to whack him.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.