In 2000, during the Bush-Gore recount, hundreds of paid GOP operatives led by prideful dirtbag Roger Stone caused a “near riot” outside a counting room in Miami-Dade County, forcing the canvassing board to shut down the count.
That one’s a bit aged at this point, although still quite vivid for me; a little more recent an example might be made of the recall election for the governorship of Wisconsin, back in 2012.
Voters across the state were receiving robocalls telling them that if they had already signed a petition to recall Scott Walker, they did not need to get out and vote.
Those things are bad enough, but often this even gets personal; they will literally walk in your front door.
One example involves Karl Rove‘s brief tenure in the Democratic Party.
In the fall election season of 1970, a bespectacled and fresh-faced teenager turned up at the Chicago campaign headquarters of Alan Dixon, a Democrat running for state treasurer in Illinois. He had a few drinks and left- but not before stealing some of Dixon’s letterheaded stationery.
It took some time to put it together, when 1,000 invitations on campaign stationery began circulating in Chicago’s red-light district and soup kitchens, promising “free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing” guaranteed for anyone who showed up at Dixon’s headquarters.
Hundreds of the city’s heavy drinkers and homeless turned up at his reception, looking for booze and an orgy.
The teenager who stole those letterheads was key GOP strategist Karl Rove, and the incident marked the beginning of a long and illustrious career of being the biggest scumbag he could be.
Was Rove able to do this because he is a genius? Not quite. He simply knew that as Democrats, we are honor bound to take in everyone. We take people in, and we hold them dear, and we stand up for each other. This is our greatest strength. But, as with anything, it gives an opening to the opposition, people who are cutthroats and criminals of the highest order.
People do what Rove did to the Dixon campaign back then all the time. They pretend to be our friends, hang out with us for a while, and then bail for no reason or on an extremely thin and shady pretense.
Both during and after the election, anecdotally speaking, I can remember a number of different relationships that suddenly went south for no reason.
I also recall a number of trusted people who suddenly switched sides during the election, at the worst possible time.
Knowing what we do now about what the Russians and Republicans were doing, it seems very possible those incidents were part of a coordinated effort to spread rancor and distrust. They certainly were divisive at the time. You don’t stab your own people in the back.
Another example manifested in the post-election days, a time when interest in politics is usually very low. In all the Facebook groups in our network, after the election was over, we all started getting hundreds and hundreds of new member requests, every day, from profiles that had thousands of group memberships, etc.
One source, who has screened new member requests for several dozen pro-Democratic Party Facebook groups since before the election began, made the following statement, under the conditions of anonymity.
People from as diverse a location as Brussels, Wales, Provo, Utah, and “General Location, Russia” have tried to hack the blog. I get emails on them from all over the world. This is nothing new, it’s an everyday event. My Sucuri plugin lets me know their IP addresses. It looks just like this:
Then, we go to a place called WhatismyIPaddress.com, and take a look at where they’re from. It looks a lot like this:
All of this is meant to illustrate that this is the time to be really careful. Stuff can come up until the very last minute that’s a total game changer. For an example that’s been in the news recently, look no further than the “November surprise” handed to the Republicans by James Comey in 2016. That did a lot to cost HRC the election.
Safeguarding the Blue Wave is our lot. That’s what we’re here to do. We’ve got to build it, grow it, guide it, and stop jealous neighbors from poisoning its waters. So long as we do a good job at that, the Republicans can never hope to beat us.