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25 October 2008
How Republican attack e-mails work
Animals that were formerly self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democratic Party... as they have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance. This photo is of a Democrat black bear in Montana nicknamed 'Bearack Obama'!
Rather amusing in its way, this photograph and caption have been going the rounds in the USA for quite some time. Investigating Republican e-mails for this posting the first thing that became obvious was just how pithy and often very funny the GOP's attack e-mails are:

Most attack mails don't carry a photo, but their pithiness remains. This is fairly typical of the genre:

Question: What is America's first line of missile interceptor defense that protects the entire United States ?
Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard.

Question: What is the ONLY National Guard unit on permanent active duty?
Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard

Question: Who is the Commander in Chief of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Question: What U.S. governor is routinely briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counter terrorism?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Question: What U.S. governor has a higher classified security rating than either candidate of the Democrat Party?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets. She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.

Now You Know!

Tracing the origins of an e-mail that has been forwarded to you via countless other in-boxes is next to impossible. However, from the few that have been traced it is possible to conclude that they were professionally created and then seeded via the GOP network. Take the Obama as a Muslim smear as a case in point. This began as a press release issued by a certain Andy Martin back in August 2004.

The release sat around headbanger circles, but without having much effect until late 2006 when Obama began his campaign for the Democratic Party's nomination for president. In December of that year Ted Sampley, who is a well-known headbanger, used the Martin press release as the basis of a column that repeated the allegations. Within 24 hours of that Sampley piece being written, the first e-mails began to circulate.

What seems to help the right mount these highly effective campaigns is the fact that the mails tie-in with what an awful lot of ordinary Americans actually believe. They operate within a narrow ideological framework where leftists, welfare and big cities are bad, and the armed forces and the white heartland of America are good.

Democrat versions tend to be far more heterogeneous as far as their subject matter is concerned, and therefore they appeal to proportionally fewer people than the Republican mails. For instance a Latino who wants to get his cousin into the USA may not be all that interested in an anti-war e-mail, and could be positively hostile to a pro-abortion one.

These e-mails are probably here to stay as part of the political process, and on the basis of performance up to now, it is the right who will continue to make the better use of them.

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