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Reeks of Rove

Posted by Brian Becker on September 11, 2008

There are a ton of things I could talk about today but one thing really stuck out at me as completely repulsive. Opinion Access Corporation, a telephone survey firm and no doubt working for the GOP has started conducting an aggressive and very offensive push poll in swing states like Ohio. Push polls are used to “push” a negative image of a candidate onto voters by asking them suggestive questions. The Huffington Post received an email earlier today from someone who got one of these calls and described it thusly:

I received an incredibly offensive, anti-Obama push-poll tonight from ‘Opinion Access Corporation.’ When I said that I was voting for Obama, they asked if I would be more or less likely to vote for Obama if I knew that he voted to let convicted child sex offenders out early, voted to allow convicted child sex offenders to live near schools, is for sex education in Kindergarten, voted for some offensive and incredibly graphic abortion procedure, and so on and so on for 5 minutes. This was a really offensive push-poll. They also brought up the statements of Rev. Wright and Michelle Obama.”

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“They also asked me several agree/disagree statements before and after the statements… They asked me agree/disagree that Obama is too inexperienced to be President, agree/disagree that Obama is too risky of a choice for President, agree/disagree that Obama as President would pose a threat to our national security, and so on. They asked me this before they read the statements that I had notified you about and then again after reading me those statements “to see if my opinions had changed.” Apparently, those types of suggestive questions are deemed ‘push polls.’

Now, this isn’t the first time this kind of polling has been used this cycle. Mitt Romney had a push poll campaign used against him during the primary bringing up his Mormon faith. Its also been used famously against John McCain in the 2000 South Carolina primary. “Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?” was the question asked of South Carolinans. Its also been a trademark of Karl Rove. Its considered by some to be the hallmark of his career. Hes used the technique in nearly every campaign hes been involved in, including George W. Bush’s 1994 gubernatorial race in Texas. Now we are seeing it being used against Barack Obama.

I’ve come to the conclusion over the past week that there is literally nothing the Republican party won’t do to win an election. That’s not the sad part though. I’ve known for a long time the G.O.P. have had no morals and are only good at smearing opponents. The sad part is that this kind of thing works. People fall for it.

P.S. – In case you missed it, check out Keith Olbermann’s special comment about 9/11 on this the seventh anniversary of that tragic day.

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