Sunday, November 05, 2006

GOP: Grand Old Pieces-of-crap

I normally like to keep a civil tone and not resort to ad hominems because I feel they aren't very productive. But the recent GOP "strategy" (or do they call it "tactics" this week?) is beyond cynical. It's a perversion of Democracy, and an embarassment to them and the country. First there are the disgusting phone scams the GOP has been peddling to suppress Democratic voters:
For the second straight day yesterday, Democratic field offices received dozens of phone calls and e-mails from frustrated voters upset about repeated automated phone calls they thought were coming from Democratic candidate Paul Hodes - though the calls were paid for by a Republican group instead.

The National Republican Congressional Committee spent nearly $20,000 on the calls last week. Depending on the rate, that could mean more than 300,000 automated phone calls into the Second Congressional District.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Charlie Bass denounced the calls yesterday and said he tried to get the NRCC to put a stop to them. But a spokesman for the NRCC said the automated phone calls would continue indefinitely.

"The calls will continue as planned," said Alex Burgos, a spokesman for the NRCC, the national group charged with electing Republicans to the House. "They are done independently of Charlie Bass's campaign. He has nothing to do with them."
(More here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.)

Then, the psuedo-racist ad in Tennessee seems to have influenced that senate race:
Also, a much-discussed Republican ad suggesting that Ford, who is black, dated white women had some impact, the poll showed. Among the third who admitted they were impacted by the ad, they broke for Corker over Ford by a 2-1 margin.
We all know that the GOP doesn't really have a problem with collecting money from pornographers.

Oh, and don't foget the voting machine absurdities:
Poll workers are to remind every voter to look out for the 13th Congressional District race on the electronic ballot after at least four people complained that their initial votes for Democrat Christine Jennings weren't recorded.

...The voters who complained say they picked Jennings, but the 13th Congressional District had no vote registered for either Jennings or Republican Vern Buchanan when a screen reviewing their votes came up.
Shame on perpetrators of these scams and shame on those who vote to support them. This is Karl Rove's "genius" at work. He's done this in 2000, 2002, 2004 and now. He and the GOP cheat to win. That's the only way they can.

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