John Dean: "McConnell campaign recording sounds like one of Nixon's Tapes." Here's the AUDIO, Ashley Judd's response.


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Oppo research meeting against Ashley Judd. Recorded February 2, 2013 in Louisville, KY. Read the full story here:

Last year, David Corn at Mother Jones helped derail Mitt Romney's campaign by releasing bartender Scott Prouty's secret recording of Romney's offensive, tone deaf "47 percent" comments at a fundraiser.

Presenting David Corn tapes: The sequel.

Back in February, good old family values Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) discussed Ashley Judd's history with depression and how it might be used in a campaign. (As you know, Ashley Judd has said she will not run for Senate.) But oops, his little opposition research meeting was secretly taped, and now he wants to turn the smears into a Watergate Moment.  Team McConnell wants the FBI to investigate

But David Corn said in his Mother Jones report that the recording "wasn't the product of a Watergate-style bugging." In fact, on MSNBC just now, he called the accusations an attempt to distract by McConnell, and also said that the Senator has yet to respond to the substance of his reporting.

Ironically, it's the McConnell audio that sounds Nixonian. Just ask former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean, or rather, read his tweet above.


The McConnell aides, though, raised the possibility of doing more than calling attention to Judd's well-known history; they discussed how they could make her seem a true weirdo.

Ashley Judd has responded. Via TPM:

"This is year another example of the politics of personal destruction that embody Mitch McConnell and are pervasive in Washington, D.C," Judd said in the statement. "We expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp to take a personal struggle such as depression, which many Americans cope with on a daily basis, and turn it into a laughing matter."

Here's how they talked about the "weirdo" who they found so amusing. This is the voice of an aide, who David Corn refers to as the meeting leader:

"She's clearly, this sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it's been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s."

You can find Corn's entire piece here, including more details, audio, and his response to McConnell's accusations.