Rove's Last-Minute "Robocalling" Tactic To Steal The Election
By Bernard Weiner
07 November, 2006
The Crisis Papers
all waited for Karl Rove's "October Surprise," but it turns
out he saved it for the final 72 hours before Election Day. It's been
termed "robocalling," and Democratic and swing voters urgently
need to hear about it in these last moments before voting.
In various key states and
districts, Republicans have initiated this dirty "robocalling"
trick. Here, based on preliminary reporting coming in -- and Josh Marshall's
is right on it -- is how it works:
On an automatic-redial system,
registered Democrats are called again and again and again and again,
at any time during the day or night, to hear what appears to be a message
from the Democratic Party in support of the local Democratic Senate
or House candidate. The object is to harass and annoy the hell out of
these voters, to the point that they'll take out their anger on the
Democratic candidate by not voting for him or her, or maybe deciding
not to vote in the election at all.
In other words, yet another
version of voter suppression in tight races, reminiscent of what Republican
operatives (with ties to the White House) were convincted of in New
Hampshire last year. In that case, involving the 2002 Senate election,
the Republicans automatic-redialed the Democratic Party headquarters'
phone lines in the final days before the election so that the Dems'
get-out-the-vote campaign was totally jammed and rendered useless. The
GOP candidate won the election. (Check out the story at
Senate_election_phone_jamming_scandal . )
The point here is that these
2006 "robocalling" attacks aimed at Democrats are happening
at the last minute, and many Democrats may believe them to be real and
get thoroughly pissed off at the Democratic candidates and decide to
not vote for them or to stay home and not vote at all.
Our job today, the last day
before most voters will go to the polls, is to get the word out across
the country, alerting Democrats about this desperation GOP tactic --
and traditional Republicans and swing voters as well, who, if they found
out about this despicable ploy, might well be appalled at what's being
done to manipulate the vote. Let's shine the light of truth on these
Bob Fertik at Democrats.com
recommends the following: "It's too late for legal action or even
newspaper stories. If you receive one of these calls, write down the
time and candidate and call every radio and TV show you can and urge
everyone listening to vote against the disgusting Republican dirty tricksters.
And [[ write an email and ]] forward this email to everyone you know
so they aren't fooled by Karl Rove's dirty trick."
The Republicans aver that
they're doing nothing "illegal" by making their last-minute
phone calls to voters
republicans-admit-they-are-breaking-to.html ), but it would
be a tragedy for our democratic republic if their dastardly tactic worked,
only to indict and convict these guys a year from now for trying to
subvert the electoral process.
Apparently, there are variations
of last-minute push-phoning in use as well. In the tight Tennessee Senate
race between Repubican Bob Corker and Democrat Harold Ford Jr., calls
are being received by African-American voters, among others, saying
that if they voted for Ford in the primary, they don't need to vote
again in tomorrow's general election.
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