What a mockery of democracy US has become! Broken voting machines, unregistered voters in thousands, courts making the final ruling on the results of the elections, and the dirty and dishonest politicians!
Here is what the Republican party is upto.. not that I have a whole lot of respect for this President and his election tactics (in one of his local Texas elections he went to the Churches to talk against a seasoned lady politician in his grooming years!).. but such stuff is sign of pathetic and desperate politics. And after this, if the American people get stuck in several more Iraqs, then they should blame themselves!
We 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 website (www.talkingpointsmemo.com) 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
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.
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