'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Bringing Out the Wackos 

American Leftist hasn't really covered the Abramoff scandal -- mainly because I don't know much about it and feel that the big partisan Democrat blogs do a better job than I would. However, I was just reading Greg Saunders, was reminded of Scanlon's "bring out the wackos" email, and decided to track down the source text.

It turns out that all or most of the Abramoff documents are available for download in this very large PDF.

The document in question appears on page 119. It is an email from Abramoff-henchman Michael Scanlon to the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana aprising the tribe of the strategy the boys have worked out to make sure that the Coushatta's gambling operation remains the only game in town. As Salon pointed out, the document is of interest because it can be read as a sort of schematic blueprint of the big recent Republican electoral victories: mobilize the Christian right, distract everyone else. Here's an excerpt:


We plan to use three forms of communications to mobilize and win these battles. Phones, mail and Christian radio. We believe that if you are on TV you are generally losing battles like this. Our mission is to get specifically selected groups of individuals to the polls to speak out AGAINST something.

To that end, your money is best spent finding them and communicating with them using the modes that they are most likely to respond to. Simply put we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them. The wackos get their information from the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet and telephone trees.


We will communicate with our targeted voters 3 times with Christian alert mail pieces.

Cost: $150,000


We are going to wage several different phone campaigns in this fight. First, we are going to conduct advocacy calls educating our target audience. We expect to complete 100,000 of these.

Next we intend to patch through our targeted voters to the appropriate decision makers and tie up their phone lines. We are going to start with the gaming commissioners office next week voicing overwhelming opposition to the pinnacle license vote on the 20th. We will follow with a specialized list of targeted officials who we believe will move our way. This is a rather large campaign, we expect to have at least 10 individual patch through phone campaigns conducted alone.

We will also run GOTV (Get Out to Vote) phone calls leading up to the referendum date. These calls go to OUR voters and OUR voters only. We tell them when the polls are open -- where they go to vote and how to get there. If they need a ride -- we will have a van come and get them.

Cost: $333,000.00

Christian Radio

Most likely we will need to create a broad buzz among our supporters, and a quick way to do this is by advertising on Christian Radio. We will produce and air at least two radio ads that give biblical reasons why Pinnacle should be blocked and the tracks shut down. These will run at the appropriate times and exclusively on Christian radio.

Cost: $200,000.00

Good times, good times. Anyway, I just hope that this thing takes down Ralph Reed and Grover Norquist. Is that too much to ask?

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