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Monday, October 27, 2008

Guest Blog: Fear and Lies? Hope and Organization? Your Choice!

We're pleased to have another guest blog by Land of Enchantment, who diaries regularly on Daily Kos where this piece first appeared:

We've all heard the whispered smears.

(Psst! Obama's an Arab. He's a secret Muslim. He's a terrorist.)

The stuff of anonymous emails and nutcases in some whipped-up crowd frenzy. Yup, we've all heard about them. But here in New Mexico, it's also getting handed out by Republicans, together with John McCain campaign flyers, right in front of the Republican Party office. Holy Cow!


I knew they didn't have much principle. But there's at least some stuff one would think they'd leave to the anonymous emails, and not attach themselves to it. Wrong again!! But let me, too, give a little context as to what else was going on in the small mountain town of Taos this past weekend.

Anyhow, I was driving through town this afternoon, on my way to a rally in Kit Carson Park. Rep. Tom Udall appeared, along with Democratic candidate for NM-03, Ben Ray Lujan. It was a fun time, and there was music and plenty of laughter, and hugs. Too bad my favorite picture of Rep. Tom Udall - soon to be Senator-elect Udall - cut the top of his head off. Oh well!!


And here's a group shot of staffers for Ben Ray Luján for Congress and Tom Udall for Senate. Saw a lot of them at the Taos Pueblo GOTV rally last Thursday night (watch for a diary called "Blue Lake Republicans" soon), and will see them again at a rally in the mountain village of Peñasco tomorrow. But they had to rush out this afternoon to get to Albuquerque for Obama's rally there this evening. Then back to the north again tomorrow. Luckily, we've been mostly snow-free so far this season, except for way up around timberline, so the roads haven't been hazardous:


I stopped off at the Combined Campaign Office on my way, and there were as many people out canvassing today as there were at the rally. Which is cool. There's a young lady, high school student, who took a workshop with our very own dK Mindoca, and who's doing a bang up job. She's recruited 35 high school kids to volunteer for the Obama campaign. They're so fresh and enthusiastic, it really lifts the spirit. Here's a few of them about to head out canvassing today:


Our local Republicans are pretty much outnumbered. And they have a bit of an enthusiasm gap. The Democratic combined campaign office is open from 9am to 10pm, 7 days a week. The GOPs? Not so much:


And imagining how nice it will be to crush their spirit, I was thinking how I'd be driving past their GOP HQ on my way from the office to the rally in the park this afternoon. I decided that if they were out waving signs, I'd pull over and give 'em a copy of that GOP Death List thingy - mess with their heads a little. Why not? And so I did. While I was handing it over to a woman with a gigantic cloud of hair accented with sparkles (no kidding!), a younger, blonder creature tossed some literature in my front seat. I took off without looking at it.

When I did? Holy cow! There was one of these - not remarkable. Typical slick campaign tree-waster. Slightly interesting it's in green. Nothing more than that:


But then, there was a flyer with THIS cover. Holy cow!! Local party chair wasn't much interested. Local weekly newspaper political reporter not interested either, but then she's accused me of forging "evidence" in the past, so not much to be expected there. But check out what people waving McCain signs, right in front of the Republican Party office in Taos, were handing out at about 3pm this afternoon:


Say what? And the contents were exactly all the crap that's been traveling around via anonymous email. Except this time, the Republicans were owning it! Handing it out to passing cars directly in front of their office. I don't need to include the content, but I've scanned it, and so you can click through to learn how Obama wasn't really born in America, and he was a practicing Muslim till he was 31, and other such nonsense. Wow!

If it were in a movie, it would almost be funny. But since there's real harm been done, and more to be prevented, it must be taken more seriously than that. So I scanned and it's being submitted up the chain of command in the campaign. And canvassers and phone bankers will be warned that this kind of nonsense is afoot.

From the rally in the park today.


There wasn't a huge crowd, mebbe a coupla hundred all told - and it was spread out, with many picking spots in the shade around the edge of the park. And music playing pretty much the whole time, too. There was a pretty strong union presence there, too. At least for our small rural town:


And there were lots of family groups. too:


And I had a little chat with the guy who wrote and performed our wonderful local GOTV song: He was in the canvassing crowd at the office. (The embed's in the tip jar...)

Meanwhile, the young lady with the curly hair is the one that's organized the 35 high school kids, many of them too young to vote yet, to volunteer for Obama campaign. The girl's got a future! (That's her proud mom on the right...)


And in the end? These kids are gonna win - the ones full of life and creativity and inclusiveness rather than lies and meanness and fear. And we can all remember what Obama often says: We don't need to go there. We just need to make sure to vote. And to get others out to vote, too.

This is a guest blog by Land of Enchantment. If you'd like to submit a piece for consideration as a guest blog, contact me by clicking on the Email Me button on the upper left-hand corner of the page.

October 27, 2008 at 12:36 PM in 2008 General Presidential Election, 2008 NM Senate Race, Guest Blogger, John McCain, Local Politics, NM-03 Congressional Race 2008 | Permalink


Great stuff. I guess the McCain people are no holds bar now as far as "dirty tricks" go, and lies. They have no shame.

Good to see so much action up north!

Posted by: JJ | Oct 27, 2008 3:57:31 PM

How low can they go? I do think the worse the McCain campaign acts, the more people realize they can't vote for him.

Posted by: I Vote | Oct 27, 2008 4:17:59 PM

Throw all those Republicans into JAIL! We need the Fairness Doctrine instituted IMMEDIATELY, with criminal sanctions for any station or program that dares to violate it. The rich bastards that own the radio stations need to be taken down a peg. Limbaugh is the worst, but not the only one who needs to be OFF the airways. And we need show trials of Bush, Cheney and Rove, at the very least. Put those SOBs on live national television on all networks in handcuffs and demonstrate to the world that we won't tolerate them or their misguided ideas any more!!!!!

Posted by: Almar | Oct 28, 2008 9:18:11 PM

Note that the commenter "Almar" has the same IP address as the right-wing commenter "quixote" who has been active in other threads. In other words, it's the same person. You can make your own guess as to why the Republican is now calling for all Republicans to go to jail.

Posted by: barb | Oct 29, 2008 9:08:20 AM

I don't know about anyone else, but I use a library computer.

Posted by: quixote | Oct 29, 2008 11:35:34 AM

But that does raise a question as to why you are looking up peoples' IP addresses, doesn't it?

Posted by: quixote | Oct 29, 2008 11:36:51 AM

Sorry quixiote, I can also tell from the IP tools I have that you are not using a library computer. When someone enters 3 or 4 comments in different threads with the same basic message and the message is more than a little off-base, I often check to see if the person is a troll or spammer.

Posted by: barb | Oct 29, 2008 11:46:33 AM

Its good to see the High School kids get involved, after all the result of this election will affect them much longer than older folks. Their generation will be paying for all the damage the Booo$h Admin has inflicted on this country, although some of them can't vote this time around they definitely have a vested interest.

Posted by: VP | Oct 29, 2008 4:33:04 PM