Via WVBlue, I see that some out-of-state goober has decided the strategery for WV’s Republican party in the 2010 election cycle is….*sound of trumpets*…SCARY GAY PEOPLE!
Complete with an offensive video (YouTube) that includes a gay sniper about to shoot at a family blowing bubbles. I kid you not. The sniper scope view aimed at the heterosexual family shows up at :58.
Why target WV? Because they think we are too stupid to think for ourselves. We’ve had to deal with this level of GOP dumbassery before:
Campaign literature mailed by the Republican National Committee warns voters in two states that the Bible will be prohibited and men will marry men if "liberals" win in November.
The New York Times reported that the mass mailing was sent to voters in Arkansas and West Virginia, and was part of a GOP effort to mobilize religious voters.
The literature shows a Bible with the word "BANNED" across it and a photo of a man, on his knees, placing a ring on the hand of another man with the word "ALLOWED." The mailing tells West Virginians to "vote Republican to protect our families" and defeat the "liberal agenda."
Good ole RNC. Targeting only AR and WV with those mailers: do I sense a cynical attempt to scare the bejeebers out of the uneducated hillbillies? Isn’t that rather insulting?
Why yes, it is.
I think Sen. Byrd hit the nail on the head with this the last time around:
The hypocrisy of the Republican National Committee’s desperation tactic is an insult to the intelligence of voters in my state. The Ninth Commandment, passed down from God to Moses, states: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." What could be more false than an advertisement implying that so-called "liberals" want to ban the Bible? The political hacks behind that blasphemous flyer should be required to re-read the Book of Exodus. There is no free pass from the Commandments in an election year.
All West Virginians should be insulted by such dirty tricks. Paid henchmen who talk about Democratic politicians who are eager to ban the Bible obviously must think that West Virginians are gullible, ignorant fools. They must think that West Virginians just bounced off the turnip truck. They must think that spreading nonsense about banning the Bible is a sure-fire way to get votes in an election year. But the people of West Virginia are smarter than that. We are not country bumpkins who will swallow whatever garbage some high-priced political consultant makes up. West Virginians are smarter than that, and they deserve an apology from the Republican National Committee for this insulting mailing.
Dear GOP: the time for scare tactic politics is long passed. People in WV are scared enough about keeping their jobs, their crumbling infrastructure, and how we can move this nation forward.
Right now? Boogah boogah scary gays ooogah boogah is about as useless at putting food on the table and paying the bills as a strategery can get.
Pardon me while I laugh at you. Because if all you have is tired, offensive tricks from yesteryear? Laughter is the least of your worries.
UPDATE: A bit more background in the Charleston Gazette:
The site, wv4marriage.com, was launched last month and features an online form so clergy can report their results. While the site’s owner is not apparent from its pages, the contact listed on its domain registration is CampaignSecrets.com, a Georgia firm that bills itself as "focused exclusively on electing Republicans to local office.”
So, let’s see here — a religious group contracts with a GOP organization dedicated to electing GOP lawmakers on an issue formerly pushed in WV by the RNC. Does anyone see problems in terms of 501(c)(3) or (4) status being violated here? Because I think I have some questions…