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speaking of frauds

I'm covering campaigns and elections in my intro class this week. After I finish covering electoral fraud (There'd better be a special place in hell for people who undermine our democracy. Also, you shouldn't trust Diebold systems with anything important.), we'll be moving on to campaign commercials. I discovered this spectacularly awesome one recently, from Nixon's 1972 campaign against George McGovern:


Blogger UPennBen said...

From Nixon Now to Will.I.Am, what a weird country we live in.

I'm going to watch the Forever Young Super Bowl ad again.

Monday, February 09, 2009 11:18:00 AM

Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

I always found it very funny that Nixon's '72 reelection campaign was known as The Committee to Re-elect the President, or CREEP.
Appropriate, no?

It was CREEP that was responsible for Watergate and for huge numbers of dirty tricks. In a day before ANY campaign reform, it had a huge slush fund. It paid people to volunteer for other campaigns and then spy on them for Nixon. Nixon wanted to run against McGovern, so he sabatouged the campaigns of Humphrey and others that might have given him more trouble--actually helping McGovern win the Democratic primary. (This all came out in the Watergate hearings.) Then, he leaked the fact that McGovern's VP nominee had once undergone electroshock therapy--even though Nixon himself had been in therapy for depression for years. (The prejudice against mental illness was even stronger then than now.)

Don't you find that voter suppression is far more common than actual voter fraud? Not that I don't completely agree about Diebold and all systems without paper trails.

Minnesota does it right. Coleman keeps dragging his heels in the courts, but he's lost and Franken won precisely because of the excellent way MN does recounts.

Monday, February 09, 2009 2:41:00 PM


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