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October 23, 2007

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Scariest Democrat :: wow...the republicans are running out of tactics :: a viral attempt by gop.com :: it is being sent out with the following email:


What do Halloween and politics have in common? Scary Democrats!

Every year the Republican National Committee has a hard time determining who is the scariest Democrat of the bunch. Just like the fall harvest, there's an abundance from which to choose. That's where you come in. We need your help in determining who the RNC should announce as the "Scariest Democrat" in 2007.

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Mommy, hold me! I'm scared.

Dodd is "proud of his Northeast Progressive Background" and Hillary (the scariest by far) has a "Democratic Unity Score of 95.2%"! And Richardson was a governor of a poor state, and Edwards abandoned the people of New Orleans and entered us in a war without any sort of planning, thus getting us involved in a quagmire that has resulted in thousands of American dead and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead!

No wait... Scratch that last one. Someone else was responsible for that debacle.

I guess if you're a Republican up for reelection in a few months, and this is the best your party can come up with, you'd be pretty scared too.

Posted by: David W. at October 23, 2007 1:14 PM

Wow, that is weak.

I find it amusing that, aside from Gov. Bill Richardson, the "Why they are scary" page at no point mentions how the actions of the candidate make them so terrifying. For all the other candidates, the best they can do is pull out quotes from op-ed articles that mention that a candidate is liberal.

That's it? That's all they have to offer? "They're liberals! Boo!"

Posted by: bleh at October 23, 2007 3:27 PM

1998 called and they want their web designer back...apparently the GOP can't even create an interesting site.

Posted by: sahu at October 23, 2007 6:18 PM

I got this eMail. And the first thing I thought was it was from some crazy special interest group. I looked closer, and discovered it was from the RNC!

The cover, not shown on this blog, looks like it's from a 1960's scooby-doo episode! The worst are the "reasons" why the democrats are scary. It's all regurgitated spin from editorials and conservative talk shows. Super lame.

It looks like the Republicans are eating their own vomit.

Posted by: slucky at October 24, 2007 12:37 AM

um, this is not a r or d tactic. . .they both make cheesy web cartoons and flash animations that make you cringe. . .

Posted by: idealist at October 24, 2007 12:56 AM

I don't know about you, but this Halloween I'm dressing up as a Democrat. :D

Posted by: Brian at October 24, 2007 1:51 AM

Hillary scares me the most... still better than 99.999% of anyone in the republican party... but, i'd rather have my Jr. highschool History teacher be president, Mrs. Kingsley... She'll fold under pressure too!

Or maybe Obama.... but i'm only scared of him cause he's some how related to the anti-chri... i mean the Vice President... other than that fact, which still gives me nightmares, Obama woudl do a pretty good job (better than anyone else i've seen) still not perfect, but better.

Posted by: Matt at October 24, 2007 8:36 AM

Has Ze, or anyone else, noticed a new breed forming, not liberal, not conservative, but kind of conservatively liberal... or liberally conservative...

A couple of friends of mine used to be very open minded, and liek exactly what I would have labeled Liberal, if i owned a label maker....

But recently I’ve been noticing that their minds aren't so open anymore....

They got into animals, and became vegetarian, that's cool. Not for me, but that's cool.... and they have since developed into damn near vegan. Not so cool, but whatever...

They are all for pro-choice, equal rights, gay marriage, women's lib, the environment, against global warming, Hilary Clinton, the Toyota Prius, all these kinda typical/major liberal views right....

But I kinda always thought, to be liberal, you have to be open minded. And that being conservative, means to close your mind to alternative views and options, because you want things the way you want them, the old way. And or as god tells ya it should be. Cause yeah religion really is the keystone to government, politics, and legislation... I mean there's nothing in those old papers from the 1770's that said anything about keeping god and law separate... nope nothing at all.... ?!

Ok anyway, sorry, off subject....

To me liberal meant open minded, and conservative meant closed minded. Basically....

but my "liberal" friends, it seemed liek they opened their minds, and started thinking for themselves, and became liberal, and started believing in, and following or practicing all these "liberal" things...

Then it was liek all of the sudden, the steal trap slammed shut, and all those views got locked in, the mind had formed its opinion, then closed.

Their minds now seem to be closed, clamped down on their liberal beliefs. There’s not debate, discussion, or argument. no rationalization, no contemplation... just, things should be the way they think they should be, as if liberal views was a religious cult, and they had been sucked in, brainwashed, and have become unable to be reasoned with.

Like you can pose an argumentative question or discussion point to them, such as, "perhaps soy and tofu aren't actually better for you than meat. If animals were treated and fed well, not hormone injected, caged and molested like Iraqi prisoners of war... Perhaps meat liek that is actually better than soy and tofu and temphe or whatever that shit is.... studies suggest soy protein is actually MORE difficult for your body to digest...."

You wouldn't really get a response from them. And maybe they'd laugh at you. or tell you that you are wrong, soy is better, and that's that.... but no discussion, no going, "well yeah, but I’ve heard also that 83% of American males that eat red meat, suffer from, blah blah blah, while only 2% of vegetarian American males do..."...

it's just, “Nope”, my liberal views are Perfect fact and truth, and infallible….

So this is the new breed I’m coming a cross these days, not just these two friends, but hundreds of others. Maybe I’m just not as liberal as I thought, or my mind is too open…. But I don’t think so…

So, I’m trying to come up with a name for this new breed, so when I finally do get that label maker, I’ll know what their little punch tape should read….

All I’ve come up with so far is New-Age Conservatives, or Modern Conservatives… I'd like to incorporate the word conservatives in the title, even though it’s for liberal view holding people, I want to emphasize the closed mindedness of this new breed, with a direct jab at their core by referring to them as conservatives, rather than liberals….

I’ve considered Nazi-Liberals…. But I don’t know….

Any suggestions?


Posted by: Matt at October 24, 2007 9:10 AM

Is Bob Doles running again?

GOP preaching to the choir, no, wait, the quartet, that’s about all they have left. Unfortunately, for the RNC the only people who would find this little dig interesting, amusing or scary have no clue how to turn on a computer, let along find this web site, but I’m sure the media will give them a shot in the arms. So far, in every poll, even if these guys ran together, Hillary has them beat, wait until she pulls out her big gun, Bill.

But I suppose they will catch on and learn fast. Predictions are this will be the most expensive and dirtiest election in US history. However, if this is what they are sending out of the batting cage first it’s going to be a very very very very (yawn – excuse me) long season.

Posted by: strike one! at October 24, 2007 1:08 PM

None of those "scary" photographs of the democrats is one-tenth as scary as the official portrait of Bush you see everywhere. It looks like it should be blown up to 15' X 30' and hung in the public squares. I wanna be like Andy Warhol and put makeup on it.

Posted by: Diana B. at October 24, 2007 11:32 PM

Rove and Bush Co. have obviously worked very hard to make Hillary look scary. As far as a real danger to the Republican lock on the presidency, however, I think it would be John Edwards. He appeals to southerners and to southern women in particular. He could therefore take a bite out of their base.

Posted by: Don Thieme at October 25, 2007 8:37 AM

Has anyone noticed the scariest part of this. Hillary Clinton the Democratic front-runner is the one candidate who unites the Conservatives. In a time when many left leaning conservatives might vote for a democrat Hillary Clinton represents someone that could possibly shift those people back to the right.

That is why she should be the scariest Democrat to us Democrats. The Republican candidate will run on yeah the republicans sucked but at least I am not Hillary Clinton. It will be 2000 all over again.

Posted by: Seth at October 25, 2007 6:20 PM

I came was right in the middle of writing an indignant opinion piece about this "scary" business with the Republicans and before I could finish the Democrats sent along the same kind of (expletive deleted)! The DSCC is circulating what they call their "Halloween Howler"!
I'm left just wanting to sigh.

Posted by: TomD at October 29, 2007 4:40 PM

Tom -

to be fair, the DSCC (hardly a surregate for "the democrats") is not the same as the RNC (which is party haedquarters)

Posted by: fred at October 29, 2007 5:19 PM

Big surprise- another masterpiece by Jeremy Kenney (see meta tags).

The NY Times published an article regarding Jeremy Kenney's GOP Tax Game:

In These Games, the Points Are All Political
By MICHAEL ERARD
Published: July 1, 2004

"But advocates say the game format offers a powerful new political vehicle. Traditional forms of political communication like advertising treat voters as passive recipients of rhetoric, they say, while games entice the potential voter to interact with the message."

Yes, because I couldn't give an eff about rhetoric. I need poorly "animated" vector art and sound effects to make me care about serious political issues. I pee on his internet.

mmmm... the tables scare me the most.

Posted by: nesnora.com at October 29, 2007 6:38 PM

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