This, from the always-interesting White House Dossier site…
The Obama presidential campaign is launching an effort to collect Republican email addresses by inviting its supporters to submit information about their Republican associates to the Obama 2012 website.
The effort could help the Obama campaign build a database that would enable it to target Republican voters during the general election campaign. But, more perniciously, it could also become part of an Democratic effort to influence Republican primary voters to select a candidate Democrats think Obama could most easily defeat.
The Democratic National Committee last month released a video that seemed designed to damage Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate feared most by the Obama campaign.
The Obama information collection effort is cast under the mischievous guise of asking Obama supporters to “have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life” by signing them up to get an email from the Obama campaign ribbing them for having “inspired” the Obama supporter to donate.
The result, however, is that the Obama campaign gets a new trove of Republican email addresses that it could never have collected through voluntary submissions.
Indeed, Obama’s website has this:
This holiday season, we’re giving you a chance to have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life by letting them know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign.
Simply enter their name and email address below. Then, we’ll send them a message letting them know they inspired you to donate.
Thank you for supporting this campaign, and happy holidays.
Important: By making a donation today, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to have dinner with Barack and Michelle Obama. By clicking on the “Submit” button below or otherwise participating in the promotion, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements.
What the Obama campaign could possibly want with Republican e-mail addresses is a good question; obviously they’ve seen the polls which indicate that GOP voters will no more vote for Obama than they would Stalin. One would guess that since it doesn’t cost a lot of money to send mass e-mails they figure why not collect the addresses and blast out campaign stuff to them.
Chances are this isn’t as sinister as it appears. But what it probably ends up amounting to is Tokyo Rose-type propaganda being spammed out to the Enemies List.
So if you have lefty friends who tend to the aggressive, your future could well include a steady drone of e-mails about how the Republican nominee is a crook, or a liar, or a philanderer or whatever.
If there’s another example of a political campaign which has as one of its major goals trash-talking to the other guy’s voters, I’m not aware of it. Seems like a major mistake, for one – Tokyo Rose, as an instrument for sapping American morale, was an horrendous failure – and a distraction for another.
But this shows how completely Alinskyite the Obama campaign actually is. He’s the President of the United States, and he’s still trying to organize the losers in society into a revolutionary mob. How does that help him deserve another term.