Brett Kimberlin the Hal Chase of the Political World

As the tangled web of Brett Kimberlin & Co continues to unravel thread by thread I’m already at the point where I’m wondering how we got to this place, that is: How did people on the left, online or otherwise reach the point where they are not only tied up with Brett Kimberlin & Company’s Machiavellian maneuvers but how they managed to believe despite evidence from credible sources that this was not a place to be?

Strangely enough the answer comes from a story with a lot of parallels, the story of Hal Chase a solid defensive first baseman in the early 20th century whose willingness to earn a few extra dollars throwing games were a precursor to the Black Sox scandal and Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis becoming commissioner of Baseball

(Note much of this information that will follow comes from the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract 1985 edition p329-p333.  This book has an incredible write up on the greatest players, position by position of the 20th century.  No baseball fan should be without it and I highly recommend  the spectacular write-ups on Yogi Berra & the comparison between Ted Williams & Stan Musial as well.)

First Baseman Hal Chase reached the majors in 1905 and almost instantly was proclaimed a star. As Bill James put it:

No one ever saw him play without being left gasping for adjectives

Magazines, fans and writers seemed all in agreement concerning his greatness and he was the focus of story after story throughout his career (and even appeared on some the Hall of Fame ballots)  but within 3 years of his debut charges that he was “laying down” as it was called started to appear in print.  These charges continue throughout his time in baseball and were made by such respected Baseball names as Frank Chance, (of Tinker to Evers to Chance fame) and George Stallings both who managed him.

In Cincinnati he was managed by Christy Mathewson THE most trusted and respected man in the game.   A man so honest that umpires would ask his help on close plays.  When such funny business arose with Chase Mathewson didn’t hesitate or equivocate.  He suspended him in August of 1918 for the rest of the season and the case went before the National League.

Lucky for Chase by the time he came to trial before  league WW 1 took  Mathewson to France.  Without Mathewson whose live testimony would have likely doomed him  Chase was able to successfully accuse players who testified in support of the charges of being part of a clique against him (sound familiar?) lied directly about past claims (sound familiar again?) and somehow managed to talk his way into acquittal. As Bill James put it on page 332 of his book:

He was free, then. It had all be brought out into the open, and he had gotten by with it. This seems to have had a liberating effect on Chase’s activities”

The rest is as they say history, looking at that history that led to the facilitating the throwing of a world series James writes that Chase had…

“something wonderfully masculine and persuasive drew men to him, and compelled them to believe not only that he was honest but that he was right, that he was something more than ordinary”

and that Chase was

“…one of those people…to whom lies and truth were all the same and who eventually was not always certain in his own mind when he was lying and when he was telling the truth. When it was alleged that he paid a teammate $25 after the teammate ha dlost a game he said it was just a gift. And me made people believe that.”

Take a close look at the Brett Kimberlin case and tell me you do not see this same dynamic being played out. You have a person, who has been marked by the courts, marked in a book about him and even in Time Magazine can a con man yet he due to some apparently considerable skills he has as a Lawyer or a talker, managed to:

And that’s not even touching on his “interesting” testimony during the Worthing case.

If you have been following this case at all get your hand on the book and read the full write-up about Hal Chance. It will seem very timely and then marvel at this final thought:

All Chase did, he got away with in a World before Radio lets alone Television and the Net.  The documentation on Kimberlin is available in an internet age and yet he and his associates are still getting away with it…

…so far

Update:  Missed a pair of links, added.

Update 2: Stacy McCain notes that Kimberlin might not be the only candidate (sans the defensive skill at first base) for Hal Chase status

This is an actual debate going on among those who have followed the Kimberlin story. There are some who think that Rauhauser is entirely cynical and that he keeps ginning up these crazy conspiracy theories in an effort to distract and confuse simpleminded people. There are others — and I am among them — who believe that Rauhauser is in the advanced stages of some degenerative neurological disorder and that his deranged rantings are symptomatic of his irreversible descent into paranoid psychosis.

Whether Neal Rauhauser is a scheming manipulator or the victim of a mental illness, however, there is no question that he is peddling falsehoods. One of the reasons I believe Rauhauser to be psychotic is because, if he were sane, he couldn’t possibly imagine that anyone would believe his lies.

Read the whole thing and for the record I also agree with this ending:

I agree with one thing that the “Not Brett Kimberlin” site said: “[T]hose responsible for this anarchy will likely serve long prison sentences.” And we know who they are.

Yup and that’s why they should be turning States evidence as I’ve suggested STAT!