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 Post subject: In a Pivotal Year, GOP Plans to Get Personal
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In a Pivotal Year, GOP Plans to Get Personal
Millions to Go to Digging Up Dirt on Democrats


By Jim VandeHei and Chris Cillizza
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, September 10, 2006

Republicans are planning to spend the vast majority of their sizable financial war chest over the final 60 days of the campaign attacking Democratic House and Senate candidates over personal issues and local controversies, GOP officials said.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which this year dispatched a half-dozen operatives to comb through tax, court and other records looking for damaging information on Democratic candidates, plans to spend more than 90 percent of its $50 million-plus advertising budget on what officials described as negative ads.

The hope is that a vigorous effort to "define" opponents, in the parlance of GOP operatives, can help Republicans shift the midterm debate away from Iraq and limit losses this fall. The first round of attacks includes an ad that labeled a Democratic candidate in Wisconsin "Dr. Millionaire" and noted that he has sued 80 patients.

"Opposition research is power," said Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (N.Y.), the NRCC chairman. "Opposition research is the key to defining untested opponents."

The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, has enlisted veteran party strategist Terry Nelson to run a campaign that will coordinate with Senate Republicans on ads that similarly will rely on the best of the worst that researchers have dug up on Democrats. The first ad run by the new RNC effort criticizes Ohio Rep. Sherrod Brown (D) for voting against proposals designed to toughen border protection and deport illegal immigrants.


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This is a companion piece to the above post.

BRACE YOURSELF FOR SWIFTBOAT SEASON

As you know, for the entire George W. Bush presidency, both houses of Congress have been a Republican majority, giving George the green light to follow through with much of his neo-conservative ideals. You know - tax cuts for rich people; big-business / anti-regulation / anti-union / anti-environmental / anti-protection / anti-gay legislation; stacking the courts with ultra conservative judges; and all the rest of those things which have ballooned our deficit & debt, eaten away at the fabric of our Constitution, and reverberated anti-American sentiment worldwide.

Yes, it's the rubber stamp, Republican-controlled Congress that has given George (and his neo-con cabal) the green light to rev up the military-industrial-complex, unencumbered by pesky oversight, accountability, or competition (remember no-bid contracts?).

Yes, it's the lapdog, Republican-controlled Congress that sets the agenda, chairs the committees, and has the subpoena power. This is why the Downing Street Memos - clear and decisive evidence that Bush (and the neo-con cabal) lied us into war in Iraq with fabricated intelligence - didn't go anywhere. John Murtha tried to hold some hearings in the basement of the capital building, but that was it.

Oh, but I digress....

The point of my article today is to warn you. For those of you who haven't seen this Washington Post article, the next two months will be rather unpleasant if you watch any television or listen to any radio. I thank Jim Vandehei & Chris Cillizza for bringing this to our attention. Here's a small snippet:


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The National Republican Congressional Committee, which this year dispatched a half-dozen operatives to comb through tax, court and other records looking for damaging information on Democratic candidates, plans to spend more than 90 percent of its $50 million-plus advertising budget on what officials described as negative ads.


And that says it all. Our airwaves will be filled with personal attack ads by Republicans in a desperate effort to retain control of Congress. Just as they did with the so-called "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" - a trumped-up, Republican-backed organization which lied profusely to discredit John Kerry (a veteran with 3 purple hearts) in the 2004 election. This was so blatant and disgusting that "Swift-boating" has become an adverb.

My message

Ladies & gentlemen, please don't get caught up in this right-wing, neo-conservative, Republican spin cycle. When you see and/or hear a personal attack on a Democratic candidate this fall, think not of that Democrat's ability to represent you in the light of their personal baggage. Instead, think of the slimy Republicans who drained special interest coffers to try to discredit their opponents in a desperate attempt to save their jobs, because they couldn't stand by their own merits to get (re)elected.


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my optimism is fading that democrats will gain much. it seems the country is poisoned with the belief that republicans are the best thing going for them. i certainly hope i'm wrong, but when i just read that rick santorum is almost in a dead heat against his democrat challenger.....that is the most disgusting news one can hear. and if asshole santorum can pull it off...then anyone of those assholes are a shoo-in.

what is it with americans today? do they just love the corruption and bullshit?


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They're the 3 monkeys- Deaf, Dumb and Blind to the facts- And loving it.

They only see, hear and say what they want to. Don't forget - there's those prices always dropping at Wal-Mart. Gotta go and score some big sales.

Politics? Whats that? Better left to the politicians. I trust 'Em. Don't you?

What are you? Unamerican? Pass the sugar? Thanks.

Is this an election year? Oh- whose running?

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Cat, they did the same thing when John McCain was running against Bush in NC, they started making phone calls and just asked a couple simple questions

If you knew that McCain had a black child would you still vote for him?
If you knew that he had a illegitimate child in Vietnam would you vote for him?

Karl Rove, is known for his cheap tactics.


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