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.