Presidential Prankster

Is Ron Kaufman the new Lee Atwater?

He orchestrated George Bush's daring behind-enemy-lines raid on Boston Harbor during the 1988 campaign. Later that year, he struck again, winning from several Massachusetts' police groups endorsements of Bush instead of the state's Governor, Michael Dukakis. At the time, he described himself as a practitioner of "psychological terror" and "disinformation."

The late Lee Atwater? Nope, Ron Kaufman, George Bush's new deputy assistant for political affairs. Named last month to the job held by Atwater during the Reagan years, Kaufman comes from the same school of hardball politics as the former Republican Party chairman. Kaufman once asked an associate why his reputation...

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