Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Republican Robocalling

By Cassandra D

In case you haven't heard about this campaign's big dirty trick from the Republicans, it is voter suppression via robocalling. Basically, they are calls that start off by saying, "I want to tell you something about ....(Democratic candidate)." This is followed by a big pause, during which most people hang up and are annoyed at the Democratic candidate, thinking the call originated there. The machine repeatedly calls back until the person listens to the whole thing, which turns out to attack the Democrat. Only at the end (contrary to federal law) is the originator of the call identified as the Republican Party. And the machines call during major sporting events, the dinner hour, etc. Josh Marshall has been all over it, but it hasn't made the mainstream news enough, I don't think, to counter the tactic.


At 7:51 AM, Blogger Dirk_Star said...

If not for those calls, I'd be so alone... Nobody ever calls me.


At 10:13 AM, Blogger C.McMichael said...

I hear ya, Dirk... Gawd... the nights I've stayed up waiting on those calls.

Cassandra, Democrats are doing it also here in Georgia. Calling people at 3am with a recorded message.

Both parties need to grow a little... humble opinion.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

I guess there are advantages to living in a state where nobody bothers to call. (hopelessly Republican territory, I'm afraid)

Are the 3AM calls designed to sound like a Republican calling?

It actually would make me feel better if I knew there were equal amounts of dirty trickery on each side. Cancel each other out. I do mostly read liberal blogs, so they probably don't report Democratic ill deeds. So if anybody hears of voter suppression by Democrats, please post the info here.

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calls are from both Reps and Dems: http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007711020352
The problem is this company, called Next Big Things, in Va. Somehow the parties were sold on this form of campaigning -- and both parties got suckered. And we have to hear those asinine messages -- ugh!


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