Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

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"Lee Was Scrappin'" A hard-driving young Atwater arrives in Washington in 1981, quickly turning his charm on the press. "He was an attractive figure," says Newsweek's Howard Fineman. "He could wink and nod with reporters, saying 'We all know what a phony deal this is, right?'"

Pages from the Atwater Playbook With his candidate George H.W. Bush trailing Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential race, Atwater devises tactics to exploit the culture war, and the press's tendency to "play to the cheap seats."

At the Top of His Game Atwater celebrates the '88 victory with a rockin' inaugural blues concert. And the president he helped elect, George H.W. Bush, rewards him with the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.

Excerpt from Karl Rove: The Architect The young Karl Rove was a protégé of Atwater, who helped him out a few times. Here's a glimpse of one incident, from FRONTLINE's 2005 report.

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posted november 11, 2008

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