Monday, October 20, 2008
In 2000, when McCain was the target of those robocalls, he said, "I promise you I have never and will never have anything to do with that kind of political tactic."
According to campaign finance reports, the RNC has paid the firm more than $8 million this cycle. On Friday, a recipient of one of those calls, Chris Shoff of Minnesota, said that he had tied the origins of the campaign to the St. Paul-based firm FLS-Connect, run by prominent GOP figure Jeff Larson. The same guys who slimed McCain in 2000 with robocalls like this.
Here's the transcripts the other calls (besides the one heard in the clip) going out now:
"I'm calling on behalf of John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in the Illinois Senate opposed a bill requiring doctors to care for babies born alive after surviving attempted abortions -- a position at odds even with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama and his liberal Democrats are too extreme for America. Please vote -- vote for the candidates who share our values. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202 863 8500."
"Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats got caught putting Hollywood above America," the call says. "On the very day our elected leaders gathered in Washington to deal with the financial crisis, Barack Obama spent just 20 minutes with economic advisers, but hours at a celebrity Hollywood fundraiser. Where are the Democrats' priorities?"
"With higher gas prices, grocery costs, and a struggling economy, we cannot afford Barack Obama's and the Democrats' one-trillion dollars in new taxes and spending," the call says. "With the Wall Street bailout we're simply in way over our heads. We cannot afford another one trillion dollars in big-government bureaucracy, higher taxes, and more wasteful spending that our children will have to pay for."
"Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats aren't who you think they are," the call says. "They say they want to keep us safe, but Barack Obama said the threat we face now from terrorism is nowhere near as dire as it was in the end of the Cold War. And Congressional Democrats now want to give civil rights to terrorists. John McCain and his party allies understand the threats we face," it says. "When you vote, vote for the team you can trust to keep America safe."
Here are my problems with this:
1) They make "normal" ones like the tax one and the Hollywood one to be able to say their robocalls are fine and not horrible. Even though they represent a gross misrepresentation of the facts, but they can hide behind their words on these. So when someone calls them on the crap ones they can deny they're all crap.
2) It's absurd to think of supporting a man who decried the abuse he suffered by these same tactics and company that sunk him in 2000 to then turn around and employ not only the same tactics but the same people.
3) They dont finish the statement and thus leaves them with plausible deniability even though they know the assumptions that will be made will be the wrong ones. They ask "Who is Barack Obama?" and then leave it up to the person to decide after you mention "he pals around with terrorists". If this isnt a classic baiting scenario then you dont understand the power of human language. It's been proven time and time again that you can illicit a response (often times contrary to what the person actually thinks) by simply stating something in a specific way. If McCain is truly better than Obama he wouldnt have to resort to this kind of stuff.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told reporters on Sunday that if she called the shots she would end the automated calls being made by McCain's campaign, including some that link Obama with 1960s radical Bill Ayers.
"As you know, you really have to work hard to violate Governor Palin's standards on negative campaigning," Obama, an Illinois senator, told the crowd.
McCain defended the calls, shrugging off Palin's remarks in an interview to be aired on Tuesday morning.
"Well, Sarah is a maverick," McCain told CBS's "Early Show." "That robocall is absolutely accurate and by the way, Senator Obama's campaign is running robocalls as we speak."
But that didn't stop her from recording her own robocall on behalf of the McCain campaign. How mavericky of her.