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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

GOP plays everyone for chumps

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Politico surprises with an inside look at the cynical workings of the Republican Party.

The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on “fear” of President Barack Obama and a promise to "save the country from trending toward socialism."

The strategy was detailed in a confidential party fundraising presentation, obtained by POLITICO, which also outlines how “ego-driven” wealthy donors can be tapped with offers of access and “tchochkes.”

This story says so much about:

* Disdain for donors. The GOP believes they can be easily manipulated in crude, cartoonish ways, the story says.

* Disdain for voters. Obviously, the Repubs think voters are susceptible to the same cartoonish messages. The Tea Parties are pretty good evidence of the ease of whipping up a crowd by playing on fears.

* Disdain, specifically, for Arkansas voters. The race to beat Sen. Blanche Lincoln is one of the RNC's top priorities. The party clearly believes Barack Obama's face and code words will spook Arkansas voters into the GOP column. (She's No. 2 on the list of targets in the PowerPoint presentation linked in the Politico article.)

Will we be snookered?

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