TPM has been tracking a recent flurry of GOP robo calls trying to gin up fear about Barack Obama. Here’s the transcript of the latest call, which has been reported in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Virginia, Maine, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home and killed Americans. And Democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the judgment to lead our country. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202-863-8500.
As the Obama campaign has charged, these calls are “dishonorable and dishonest”, but consider me unimpressed. When Barack Obama claims that John McCain is “out of touch” he doesn’t just mean that he favors tax cuts only for the wealthy, it’s that he’s wildly oblivious to the political zeitgeist. People don’t want to hear about Bill Ayers, they want to be assured that their next leader will change the direction of the country to reinvigorate prosperity and fix the economy. To this end, Ben Smith yesterday posted an email from an anonymous Republican consultant who had conducted a focus group showing a “no-holds-barred attack” ad. Here’s what he had to say.
Reagan Dems and Independents. Call them blue-collar plus. Slightly more Target than Walmart.
Yes, the spot worked. Yes, they believed the charges against Obama. Yes, they actually think he’s too liberal, consorts with bad people and WON’T BE A GOOD PRESIDENT…but they STILL don’t give a f***. They said right out, “He won’t do anything better than McCain” but they’re STILL voting for Obama.
The two most unreal moments of my professional life of watching focus groups:
54 year-old white male, voted Kerry ’04, Bush ’00, Dole ’96, hunter, NASCAR fan…hard for Obama said: “I’m gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He’s gonna be a bad president. But I won’t ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President.”
The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. “Well, I don’t know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I’m sick of paying for health insurance at work and that’s why I’m supporting Barack.”
I felt like I was taking crazy pills. I sat on the other side of the glass and realized…this really is the Apocalypse. The Seventh Seal is broken and its time for eight years of pure, delicious crazy….