Friday, September 15, 2006

DeVos Race Baiting Robo-call Misfires in Isabella County

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" (Sir Walter Scott, 1808)

Some Democrats who have heard about it are laughing about it. Others think it is incredibly incompetent, while others think the neanderthals who now control the Republican campaign aparatus have sunk to a new low.

The buzz is about an automated phone call that dialed into the home of one of our favorite Isabella County Commissioners, David Ling. This is how the call went, according to Dr. Ling:

"Have you heard the Governors negative campaign against Dick DeVos. I’m an Asian American and I’m offended. Why can’t a politician run a campaign without race baiting? How do I explain this to my children. Asian Americans are attacked today to help Granholm’s re-election, but who will it be tomorrow? Please call Granholm’s office and ask her to stop this race baiting."
Commissioner Ling, is actually the long time chairman of the local county governing body and is not at all amused.

"I recieved this call because my name suggested that I might be an Asian American. I talked to the state Democratic Party today, and they are aware of these messages, and that they are aimed at a targeted audience. This reminds me of the days when Richard Nixon first ran for House in California and people got unidentified messages saying his opponent was a Communist. One wonders how low the State Republicans are prepared to take this campaign," said the recently retired CMU professor.

David, of course, is not Asian American as most Isabella Countians who see his familiar face often at meetings and on the local public access channel at various meetings realize.


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