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Monday, April 5, 2010

Maybe Census not so bad after all

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Karl Rove is now appearing in public service announcements to encourage people to fill out their Census forms. It's likely a reaction to low rates of return in historically Republican areas. Fears of "big gubmint," misplaced skepticism toward the Census and smear campaigns against it might actually backfire on the GOP. Think Progress writes:

Many conservatives have engaged in a smear campaign against the Census, demonizing the constitutionally mandated decennial count with outlandish conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric. Former Bush adviser Karl Rove, however, is now appearing in a public service announcement “designed to convince people to mail back their 2010 census forms by the end of the month.”

Part of the reason that Rove might now be interested in giving a boost to the Census is that after all the right-wing misinformation, Republican areas in places like Texas have had lower rates of return in sending back their forms, which determine political representation and federal funding.

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