Matt Labash profiles the notorious Republican operative Roger Stone, recently in the news for (allegedly!) leaving an opponent an intimidating phone message. Labash paints Stone as a postmodern performance artist cum trickster figure, part Donald Segretti and part Br'er Rabbit—a fellow who carefully cultivates an image as both a bullshit artist and a man of intrigue, confident that it will work to his advantage if no one is ever sure which mode he happens to be in. Stone's current target: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer:
When I called Stone for this story, he asked if I'd gotten all the anti-Spitzer emails. I told him I wasn't sure, it seemed like I'd been receiving five a day for months from all sorts of mysteriously named accounts. "Good," he said. "It's working."
Hat tip: Roger Stone, I think. I've been getting those emails too. This was in one of them.