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Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Thursday, March 04, 2010 9:09 PM on j-body.org
Ooops! lol

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Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money

National GOP leaders are doing damage control today after a Politico scoop lifted the curtain on the party's plan to tap voters' "fear" in the coming campaign season. The PR problem started when an absent-minded attendee at the Republican National Committee (RNC) confab on February 18 in Boca Grande, Florida, left a 72-page document from its 2010 strategizing session in a hotel room. Today, Politico reporter Ben Smith's expose is making headlines.

The memo tracks the fundraising presentation that RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart delivered to the RNC's $2,500-a-head annual retreat. The best path to victory in 2010, the document advises, is for Republican candidates to depict themselves as the best hope for resisting the "trending toward socialism" taking shape in a Democrat-dominated Washington.

And the document doesn't shy from making its points graphically. MSNBC showed the images this morning on "Morning Joe":
The presentation portrays the Obama administration as "The Evil Empire," including the now-infamous image of President Obama made over in the makeup Heath Ledger used in his performance as the Joker in the 2008 Batman movie "The Dark Knight." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears as Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians," and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the witless cartoon dog Scooby-Doo. The memo candidly confirms that the aim of such caricature is to amp up "fear" among the GOP's conservative base. The memo also makes fun of major RNC donors, categorizing some as "ego-driven" and easily pacified with "tchochkes" (a Slavic word for toys).

The embrace of harsh rhetoric and the swipes at the large donor set seem to signal the GOP establishment's growing comfort with employing tactics associated with the activist Tea Party movement—and with plying Tea Party sympathizers for cash. Of course, it isn't unusual for parties out of power to court controversy and play with fire to rile up donors and grass-roots activists. The RNC has caught heat for fundraising tactics in the past, most recently when it was caught sending out fake census forms to raise money. And Democrats have shown a demagogic streak in the past, depicting George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as Bond-like supervillains and playing up alleged GOP plans to kill Social Security to rally voters behind a popular entitlement program.

When asked by Yahoo! News if the leaked presentation reflects a coordinated effort to appeal more to the Tea Party movement, RNC spokesman Doug Heye replied that the group's chairman, Michael Steele, "was recently invited by Tea Party activists to a meeting, which he was happy to do. Following the meeting, it was clear those in the meeting shared a common goal: stopping the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda." As for plans to further that alliance with the inflammatory material in the memo, Heye reiterated what he'd told Politico earlier: "The language and the imagery will not be used in any capacity in the future."

There's no question that the Obama-as-Joker image—long a familiar icon at Tea Party rallies—is a toxic association for the GOP establishment. Oddly enough, though, that image's origins can be traced to the activist left. As revealed by the Los Angeles Times last year, the image was created by a supporter of Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a University of Illinois student named Firas Alkhateeb, who told the Times that he uploaded the photo onto his Flickr page, and a conservative activist promptly snatched it up.

Such are the odd convergences of movement politics. However, the RNC may have more trouble distancing itself from the equation of Democratic policy with socialism, however, since Michael Steele is credited with originating that meme in the health care debate.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1217



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Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Friday, March 05, 2010 5:22 AM on j-body.org
nothing about the article sounds any different than the status quo for both parties.

but I love the catchy headline






Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Friday, March 05, 2010 5:49 AM on j-body.org
kinda nice knowing they at least have a sence of humor pelosi as cruela de vil lol i dont see this is too damaging really. the playing up to peoples fears is, and the democtrats should take that and run with it. which im sure they will. but other then that doesn't seem like big news really. i mean there strategy is going to change depedning on what group at the time they are trying to get the votes from. going to the tea part with the whole socilism thing will be a big draw, just like going to the nra and saying they want to take away your guns will make a big impact.


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Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Friday, March 05, 2010 6:13 AM on j-body.org
Both parties are guilty of the same things. Its not really news.



Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Friday, March 05, 2010 8:37 PM on j-body.org
But in this case, the GOP looks like poop. That's the fun part






Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Friday, March 05, 2010 11:40 PM on j-body.org
I agree with Joey. This really isn't news its the basic principles the RNC has been preaching and is just using material and beliefs of their voters to reground their foundation. Both sides use these tactics especially in the past few years.

Oops though to the guy who left the document behind, that would suck to have to tell your boss.


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Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Saturday, March 06, 2010 9:53 AM on j-body.org
Truth,,,from consequences wrote:

But in this case, the GOP looks like poop.

Yep.
I can understand if the RNC would talk on what they stand for, but since Barack came into power, they have been resulting into name calling that are not really well thought out to begin with, I mean Socialist, really? One visitor from a morning new radio show said: "they are replacing the word "Nigger" with "Socialist" because they got nothing else to say with out sounding politically incorrect, no pun intended." LoL
But in recent times, the GOP has been known to use this tactic.
Here was another example.
http://www.j-body.org/forums/read.php?f=36&i=62254&t=62254#62254



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Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Sunday, March 07, 2010 12:46 AM on j-body.org
This is one more reason I consider myself a conservative and not a republican. I see the trends i the administration, but I huess I will leave it to them to provide the *strategery* to win the votes. What ever happened to just voting for the candidate that you trusted to do what was right for the country? *not the special interest bleeding hearts*



Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Sunday, March 07, 2010 8:45 AM on j-body.org
Truth,,,from consequences wrote:

But in this case, the GOP looks like poop. That's the fun part


Dude... have you not LOOKED AT pelosi ?


come on, are you telling me she dose not look like sh!t?


Chris




"An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."

Speech at the Second Virginia Convention at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia (23 March 1775) Patrick Henry


Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Monday, March 08, 2010 8:08 AM on j-body.org
I don't know about calling out the RNC on name calling, since the dems have been resorting to that for years even before bush. I would say Barack is socialist with some of his policies and communist or at least some of his czars, some have even said I am a communist.

I think the real point is politics nowadays has been degraded so much so that people who would generally care about the direction of the country don't due to rhetoric and simpleminded retorts on both sides.


I accidentally the SHIFT LIGHT!!!!!!!!!!



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Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 5:25 PM on j-body.org
You are entitled to your opinion, just don't think that it is factual. And if you were to consider Barack a "Socialist," you will have to include every single president before him as such too; including those that caters to not only poor or the common people, but wealthy and the well to do as well.



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Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:46 AM on j-body.org
I haven't said otherwise at least not in this post. I realise that there are long stand institutions in this country that are socialistic and communistic.

However I would say he is more so than most before him.

Back to the point that politics seems to have become rhetoric.


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Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 11:10 AM on j-body.org
Using text book definition and judging by past Presidents and/or national politicians, Barack is no more, no less a "Socialist." If it were, we would be living like Israel.
Now I can tell you Barack is a lot less of fascist then past presidents, especially when comparing to the previous one/administration.
I do agree, politics at times is rhetoric, and mostly because politicians know they can capture the ill-informed.

Mike Demo (Civic Eater) wrote:

What ever happened to just voting for the candidate that you trusted to do what was right for the country? *not the special interest bleeding hearts*

True. When you have lobbyist running to DC doing their sometimes dirty deeds, you can guarantee that you as a voter will be second when it comes to whom the politicians caters to.



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Re: Leaked documents reveal GOP plan to use scare tactics to raise money
Thursday, March 11, 2010 5:24 AM on j-body.org
they pander to the speacial intrests becaues each "speacial intrests" group gets there people to vote for who they want. (not all groups) the people are to blame just as much as the goverment guys trying to buy the votes.


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