Leaked documents reveal that the GOP is actively planning to use fear-mongering in the mid-term elections scheduled for this fall in the hopes of increasing their seats and possibly winning control of either the House or the Senate.
An attendee at the Republican National Committee (RNC) strategy conference on February 18 in Boca Grande, Florida, left a 72-page document from its 2010 campaign planning session in a hotel room.
The document outlines a campaign fund-raising presentation that was delivered by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart and and by the RNC Finance Chairman, Peter Terpeluk, a former ambassador to Luxembourg under President George W. Bush to fund raisers. According to politico.com "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.'"
These 'red scare' tactics are presented in unabashed and straightforward terms:
"What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate...?" it asks.
The answer: "Save the country from trending toward Socialism!”
According to politico.com they are accompanied by crude graphics:
One page, headed “The Evil Empire,” pictures Obama as the Joker from Batman, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid are depicted as Cruella DeVille and Scooby Doo, respectively.
Not only does the document insult leading Democrats in this manner it even demeans the intellect of major Republican donors (entitled to donate up to $32,400 each and able to influence countless other donors). It implies that 'commie under every bed' tactics will motivate them and, if that is not enough it describes them as 'ego-driven' and swayed by gifts of “tchochkes.” A 'tchochkes' (alternate spelling chachka) is defined as a slang term for "a cheap showy trinket," according to answers.com.
The Republicans are desperately trying to control the damage that these revelations have done according to The Washington Post. The Post reports that, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), a member of the Republican leadership, said: "There is no place for this. Obviously when you're fundraising . . . you want to make direct and succinct points, but using these sorts of tactics is certainly not something that any of us ought to condone." Even Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele condemned the Powerpoint presentation.
However, Democrats continued to attack the GOP. Brad Woodhouse of the Democratic National Committee, said: "Where was Michael Steele condemning these things in August during the 'tea party' protests? . . . The only reason Michael Steele seems to be offended by it now is that he was caught using it."