Every official of any organization affiliated with the Republican National Committee is pond scum. Not all of them are personally engaged in dirty tricks, but anyone with a scrap of decency left would have to quit.
The Republican National Congressional Committee has made 300,000 robo-calls to New Hampshire voters. The calls are being made repeatedly, very late at night and early in the morning, and are being made to phone numbers on the “do not call list.” They contain the usual array of charges against Paul Hodes, the Democratic candidate.
But wait for the dirty part: The calls start out with the sentence “Hello, I’m calling with information about Paul Hodes.” That suggests to the people being awakened in the middle of the might that Hodes is calling them. Only if they wait to hear all the sludge do they finally get to the part where the Republicans identify themselves. Sensible people who just slam down the phone are left with the impression that the Democrats are calling them.
But wait: it gets worse than that. The Charlie Bass, the Republican incumbent who is the intended beneficiary of the dirty trick ritually denounces it, just as Corker denounced the bimbo spot that destroyed Harold Ford’s chances in Tennessee. The spokes-scum for the RNCC admits paying for the calls, points out that legally RNCC can’t coordinate with the local campaign, and therefore claims that it would be illegal for the RNCC to heed the denunciation and pull the calls, which will continue to run, although they’re illegal under New Hampshire law (just as the dirty trick — jamming opposition phone banks on Election Day — that helped elect John Sununu to the Senate was illegal under Federal law).
As usual, the Republicans have a nonsense response: the Democrats shouldn’t complain, because they use robo-calls, too. But of course the Democrats’ calls are (1) not intended to deceive; (2) made at civilized hours; and (3) not made to numbers on the Do Not Call list
I’d like to see a coordinated Democratic attack on this slimy activity. It just might break into the TV news tomorrow night.
Update I have received several protests against my uncivil use of the phrase “pond scum.” I apologize to any pond scum I may have unintentionally offended by comparing them with Republican operatives.