Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign is resorting to one
of the lowest, most reviled tactics of campaigning, the sludge known as
the “push poll.” It’s clearly happening in Nevada, and probably other
What makes this so reprehensible is that
many voters will not be able to discern truth from fiction. They will
conclude the “poll” feeling they were important enough to receive a
phone call mistakenly believing they were asked fair questions and then
were left with lingering doubts about the viability of Bernie Sanders as
a presidential candidate.
Unfortunately, this garbage has a
proven track record. “Push polling” went into the gutter in the worst
kind of way 15 years ago, in South Carolina. John McCain, then known as
a “maverick Republican,” was posed a serious threat to George W. Bush,
the candidate of the establishment. In what became a political gauntlet
for conservative Republicans and the Bush Campaign, the vile henchmen
led by Karl Rove began conducting “push polling” among registered South
Carolina Republicans. Hundreds of thousands of phone calls were made
asking “poll questions” about McCain which amounted to a well-disguised
political assassination. McCain never recovered and Bush easily won the
nomination (in 2000).
From Wikipedia: “A semi-underground
smear campaign (began) against McCain, delivered by push polls, faxes,
e-mails, flyers, audience plants, and the like. These
claimed most famously that he had fathered a black child out of wedlock
(the McCains’ dark-skinned daughter Bridget was adopted from
Bangladesh; this misrepresentation was thought to be an especially
effective slur in a Deep South state where race was still central, but
also that his wife Cindy was a drug addict, that he was a homosexual,
and that he was a “Manchurian Candidate” traitor or mentally unstable
from his North Vietnam POW days.”
I stated, “push polling” works. Gullible voters get confused and start
doubting their allegiances to a candidate. Even if a small percentage
switch their votes, 3-5 percent can mean a big difference in a tight
political race. The Clinton-Sanders race isn’t just tight. It’s a dead
heat, at least here in Nevada.
When the phone rang earlier
tonight in my home and someone secretly working for the Clinton Campaign
thought they were talking to a fool who might ultimately change his
vote. They have, in fact, done the opposite. They lit a fuse.
Let this be a WARNING and a cautionary tale that these are PRECISELY
the tactics Bernie Sanders is working against, and fighting against
within his own so-called “party.” It’s the kind of tactics Sanders is
working to end. We need to support him.
In the end, push polling
and negative campaigning might actually end up making the difference in
the Democratic race. The cynic in me remains pessimistic as to how many
people out there who receive despicable phone calls like this will be
equipped with the knowledge and experience to see through the bullshit.
I’m hopeful that writing this essay might open a few eyes.
It’s now 10 pm. More than four hours since the supervisor was supposed to get back to me.
Still, the phone hasn’t rang, yet.
voters, next time your phone rings and it’s a poll, beware. It’s
probably not a poll. It’s something else. It’s old-style establishment
politics of the worst kind, that were once used by one of the worst
political machines ever. Clearly, the Hillary Clinton Campaign knows no
moral nor ethical boundaries.
It was a very warm, Thursday afternoon in June and Wendy was stuck in a conference room. Sitting across from her husband Poe, his lawyers and his mother. Next to her, was her lawyer. She had a headache and had spent the last half hour listening to her mother in law call her a gold digger, fame whore, and other unpleasant names. She was exhausted, tired and wishing she could relax. Her white, sleeveless blouse and black and white floral skirt were not diminishing how uncomfortable she felt on all levels. She wanted to go home and be with Poe. Neither of them wanted this and the press was having a field day with them. She leaned forward on the table and rubbed her temples furiously.
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