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Where’s The Outrage At Dem ‘Targeting’?

Unless you’ve been living in a cave with Mr. Bin Laden you have probably heard about the website that Sarah Palin’s PAC had put up, ‘targeting’ 20 Democrats who had voted for Mr. Obama’s ‘healthcare reform’ bill:

We are now being told almost ceaselessly by our media masters that this relatively obscure web page was responsible for driving Mr. Loughner to attack Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

And never mind that there is evidence that Mr. Loughner had been tracking Rep. Giffords since at least 2007. Which is long before most people had even heard of Sarah Palin — and long before the Tea Party even began.

But does anyone really think that this is the first time any political campaign has ever used such imagery? If so, they are sadly mistaken.

From the archives of the Democrat Leadership Conference’s Blueprint Magazine:

Heartland Strategy

By Will Marshall
DLC | Blueprint Magazine | December 13, 2004

Democrats can’t be a national party if they cede all of red America to the GOP. They must compete in the heartland. Here’s how they can do it…

The heartland strategy begins by choosing likely targets for Democratic gains. Let’s go to the map:

Those round things would appear to be ‘bulls eyes,’ such as you might see at a shooting range.

Meanwhile, as recently as February 2009, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) website posted the following article and graphics:

DCCC Announces: 12 House Republicans Targeted in Major Grassroots Campaign

Feb 23, 2009

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), chaired by Congressman Chris Van Hollen, announced the DCCC is launching the third phase of the Putting Families First campaign on Tuesday

targeting Republicans who opposed President Obama’s economic recovery bill, the largest component of which is middle class tax cuts to 95 percent of Americans.

During this phase of the campaign, the DCCC is taking the message of middle class tax cuts and economic recovery directly to Republican Members by mounting a major grassroots campaign that includes phone calls, e-mails, and text messages directly to targeted Republicans’ constituents.

The DCCC is also launching a new webpage, www.recoveryforamerica.org, designed to educate people about the benefits of the economic recovery bill and how it will impact their district. The site includes an interactive map that illustrates the job creation and tax cuts by state, information about targeted Republicans; and a petition where people can voice their outrage about Republican opposition…

Each one of those red targets represents a ‘targeted Republican’:

Lest we forget, February 2009 was more than a year before Obama-care passed. So this map also preceded the map from Sarah Palin’s PAC.

It’s peculiar, however, that for some reason the DCCC’s website no longer contains these images. Why is that, do you think?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Where’s The Outrage At Dem ‘Targeting’?”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Over the years I’ve given the notion of how people are motivated some thought and the only conclusion I can come to is that the reason the left is so convinced that the “evil right-wing” uh, “motivates” people to do bad things is simply this: It is how they, the left, themselves are motivated. They are the ones who fawn over a specified “leader” and look to them to do their thinking for them. There is a stark difference in followership, for lack of a better word between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives come to the conclusions of their own accord, after listening, studying and evaluating based on their own experiences and knowledge base. That base being almost always a large assortment of sources to often include military, various schools, family members, teachers and some friends who they respect. Also some books or other readings along with experiences with dealing with various persons in their day-to-day lives. None of the conservatives I know believe in conspiracies or jump to conclusions.

    Liberals, on the other hand often claim to be “independent thinkers” but few truly are. My experience with liberals is that they parrot the party line and go ad-hominem almost instantly when confronted with a difficult logic problem, like, say, “Who’s supposed to pay for all this welfare?”. Though it does appear to be a carefully crafted template, it’s really the product of feeding the ignorant, want-to-be-taken-care-of, masses. Those whose uptake on the words “character, responsibility and integrity” is markedly different than mine and often 180 degrees out.

    Liberals make the claim that conservatives parrot the party line of republicans but I have found that to not be the case. As in my own experience, I disagree with what a lot of elected republicans do and say. I vote for them mostly because they are, at least, not blatantly socialist, but we have “our share”. And we do have some who are simply very conservative and believe as I do. That both parties have abused the Constitution is a truism but it’s a matter of degree, really and these past two years have seen this document used to wipe the mud off of democrat’s shoes. Which, coincidentally, never comes off completely.

    But my point is this. Conservatives don’t get “motivated” by any person’s rhetoric; At least, I don’t. And the only reason that liberals claim it to be so is because they, themselves are so shallow, so incapable of independent thought that they can easily be swayed by someone they consider a “leader” and are thus quick to assume that conservatives think and act similarly. But if you look at the differences that really prove my point, take the Tea Party assemblies last summer on the mall of the capital. It wasn’t Beck or Palin or anyone who “motivated” those people to go…it was the concurrence of thought that we, the people, were getting trampled and taxed into oblivion. We would have been there regardless of which celebrity or media figure had showed up. To us, that just a bonus. To the libs, they only go if the focus is about or is brought about by a particular figure; And you can easily see who pulls sway in their minds, for it was Sharpton last year.

    And that tide is still turning. They are losing their followers because of the very thing they claim the conservatives are doing, which is hate speech and angry rhetoric. In fact, what’s been my observation is that Beck’s and Rush’s and Hannity’s numbers keep growing because they are speaking the thruth and not just what people want to hear. In fact, I am usually upset when I get done scanning the blogs and listening to Rush. Not “motivated” other than to say that I am sorely disappointed in my nation’s government to function properly. Does it inhibit my ability to go about my daily activities? No. But it is very much on my mind.

    Liberals seek out someone to lead them. Conservatives lead their own lives, independently, desirous of no interference and the right to go about their business with as little fuss as possible, knowing that means taking on the responsibility of their own lives. Liberals want it all done for them, so they don’t have to and really don’t mind the interruption or removal of their freedoms, especially if that means they get something they otherwise wouldn’t have. Over the past 5 decades, the welfare system has gone into overdrive and produced at least three more generations of professional welfare recipients. They know nothing different; Were never taught “this is a bad way to be”.

    Finally, I see no end in sight for it. All my working life I have only seen taxes go up or new ones created. I have never seen them go down, prices go down, but I have seen wages go down. We are now into warp speed heading the direction that Great Britain went, with a service-oriented economy instead of manufacturing-based and with immigration diluting heavily the tough, entrepreneurial spirit that made this nation great, which, by the way, has had its day in almost every European nation in the past. In fact, many of you may enjoy James Burke’s series “Connections” to fully understand my point. But, we are headed in the wrong direction and for all the wrong reasons. And I blame socialist/liberals for it.

    • wardmama4 says:

      I so agree with so much of what you say – except the last paragraph – I think that the rise of Sarah Palin/Tea Party and the growing popularity of the Right talk show people – are proof that America has reached that tipping point.

      Obama and his Administration are not as smart as they believe themselves to be – He rode into office with a ‘high’ positive rating – He had a majority in the House and a super majority in the Senate. IF Obamacare was indeed his ‘legacy’ – Why did he not do it first? When he had such control? Because he thought (mistakenly) that he had 4 years to do everything that he wanted and he needed to take down the economy and takeover a couple of important areas before instilling Obamacare. That was his first mistake. His second was not backing out and figuring out a way to shove Obamacare down the throats of the American people without the Cornhusker buyout etc. It made an un-Constitutional [Have you seen the new T-shirt – Paradox – The Government wants every citizen to prove that they are insured…But people do not have to prove that they are citizens] and cost ridden power grab masquerading as a ‘healthcare reform’ bill.

      And thus the tipping point – No longer are people in America content to be lied to and take it as – politics as usual.

      And thus I have hope for America – Let’s just see if this turnabout in Congress & the States will make a difference.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Will Ms. Giffords take her recuperation time to think about whether maybe she is wrong about some things?

    • hushpuppy says:

      “Will Ms. Giffords take her recuperation time to think about whether maybe she is wrong about some things?”

      Like what, precisely?
      In your opinion what is she ‘wrong about’ that’s bugging you?

      You’re hinting at something darker – something she should reconsider, or repeal, or perhaps allow?

      Why don’t you just come out and state clearly what’s on your mind instead of dancing around it – because the way you phrased your sentence, one could almost read into it that Giffords deserved what she got…because according to you, she should reflect upon certain ‘things’.

      Boy, I hate it when people resort to this kind of s**t.

      Do us all a favor and spell it out.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Excellent, Steve. Most excellent.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    This never happened. Your eyes are lying to you, and so is the Right, because they coordinate and control everything.

    That’s about all they can claim, that we are just as messed up as them, and yet it’s still modestly effective. Sad indeed.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Ok, the Right might look like rifle sight but it is undeniable that the Left
    put the Bullseye targets on America.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    1st they BLAMED REAGAN for everything.

    2nd, BLAME BUSH.

    3rd, BLAME SARAH PALIN for everything. –are liberals EVER TO BLAME for anything? –ever?

    Questions that SHOULD but will not be asked
    “What is Obama’s role in all this? With his aggressive, war-like speech during the campaign?”

    “Is illegal immigration, and lack of enforcement finally boiling over?”

    “Should gun laws be relaxed, to give people an honest chance to fight back?”

    “When are the angry voices on the t.v. and newspapers going to finally take responsibility for their anger?” (I am talking about the liberal ones of course)

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