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Registered Bush campaign volunteer that I am, I just received an interesting missive signed by campaign manager Ken Mehlman:
Dear Charlie,

I am appalled.

In Missouri, a flyer shows a photograph of a young black man under a fire hose in the 1950s.  The flyer tells African-Americans this is an example of how Republicans have kept voters from the polls.  In Colorado, Republican voters got calls telling them their family members in Iraq had died.  The callers claimed that call would be real unless Kerry was elected.

In these final days, we can only expect more of this filth.

I urge you to turn on your answering machine.  If you get a call from an unknown number, let the machine pick it up.  It may be the latest campaign of smear, fear and lies from our opponents.

If you get one of these disgusting calls, or an outrageous flyer or mailing, save the message, call our hotline and let us know.


Just a few weeks ago we saw a Kerry campaign manual that told their staff to allege intimidation even if no evidence existed.  Now their allies have begun an incredibly dishonest and disgusting campaign of shadowy calls and misleading flyers.

We need to know immediately if you get one of these calls.  We need to know the lies, threats, and distortions those allied against us are spreading.

With very few days left, we need you to be our eyes and ears on the ground. 

Call our hotline at 1-888-610-8170 if you get any suspicious messages.

Thanks for all you have done, and all you continue to do.


Ken Mehlman

P.S. The shadowy groups allied against us have begun a campaign of filth and lies.  Turn on your answering machine.  If you get a message filled with lies, call our hotline at 1-888-610-8170 and let us know.
I know we've gotten in trouble invoking fascism over the past year, but I think it's worth pointing out how eerily similar this letter reads to the sort of literature distributed by Joseph Goebbels's operatives. Shadowy groups indeed. Anyone want to place some calls to that toll-free number?

Mode: hotter
Muse: the hum in my head

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tpratt From: tpratt Date: October 27th, 2004 01:51 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Those poor Republicans, having to deal with Karl Rove-style smear campaigns.
Speaking of taped horrible phone calls, had a message on the answering machine today from some woman telling me about how "Governor" Schwarzenegger recommends I vote one way on some proposition on the ballot or some such crap. Got something in the mail last week that had a "handy voting guide - take it with you to the poll!" with the former hash-smoking, plo-job receiving, female-mauling turd on its cover. I mean, I liked Twins and Hercules in New York as much as the next guy but this is getting ridiculous.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oooh. Nicely put, Tim. All those bad 70s steroids aren't good for you, are they? And his wife looks like a concentration camp victim. Hmmmm.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 27th, 2004 03:52 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bombard the toll free number with a string of ridiculous accusations. It should be a contest. Whoever can come up with the most ridiculous, off-base accusation that will waste the most Repubican time gets a prize.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, I was wondering what to do. But I think I have a better idea. Call the number and report the sort of verifiable facts that the Kerry campaign has been hammering Bush with, like numbers on the budget deficit etc. Claim it must be a terrible lie. See what happens.
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