Leaked memo: McCain is playing you, Clinton supporters
by upstate girl, Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 12:23:55 PM EDT
Wikileaks has a leaked memo which appears to be an internal memo from the McCain campaign to team members targeting Internet-based campaigning. The strategy? Take advantage of Clinton supporters of a specific demographic, target and inflame their anger to the point that they vote for McCain out of spite and fearmongering.
From: S. Schmidt
Date: May 15, 2008
Subject: Clinton Strategy
According to both internal polling and exit polls by independent news
organizations, the Democratic Party is becoming increasingly polarized along
certain segments of its base. The recent result in West Virginia, while generally
unsurprising and definitely unlikely to cause any real shift in the race,
highlights the growing bitterness between certain supporters of Clinton and
the Obama camp in general. This unique situation has created an opening that
could help depress the turnout of key Democratic demographics in November.
The specific group we are targeting is a cross-section of white, female voters
over the age of 40. Internal polling reveals that this group is the most likely to
support John McCain after Obama wins the nomination. However, we expect
Obama's numbers to improve following Clinton's drop. Our job is to make sure
that number stays as low as possible.
Our limited financial resources and the media's attention on the Democratic
race, however, prevent us from reaching this group. Our aim is to point out
specific issues that we believe resonate well:
- Sen. Obama's connection to Rev. Wright
- His inexperience
- His links to the corrupt Chicago political machine
However, we cannot fully achieve this goal without a greater commitment on
the part of McCain's fundraisers and our various media partners. In lieu of
that, we have developed a number of inexpensive ways to reach this audience.
We have already worked to reinforce the Clinton campaign's narrative about
the unfair treatment that some networks, specifically MSNBC, have given her
camp. We are also planning to unroll a new campaign to highlight Obama's
Simultaneously, our team has been testing new lines of attack through
independent pro-Clinton communities on the Internet. Our hope is that our
message here will spread by word-of-mouth. Our local community organizing
has also been successful. We have organized dozens of "meet-ups" across the
country for Clinton supporters, and we have used that time to stress the
importance of punishing the DNC for choosing the undemocratically selected far-left Obama. At the moment, this is nothing more than a headache for the
Obama campaign. With a greater commitment on your part, I hope to see it
metastasize into something much more.
Let me know if you need more detail.
Unsurprising. But I hope having this spelled out in black and white from the McCain campaign itself illuminates a situation that I think a great many Clinton supporters would recoil from falling for, given half a moment to sit and think through their disappointment and anger.
Not only are you being played, you're being played on the cheap. Your votes aren't even worth the money to earn honestly, based on policy and McCain's qualifications. No, the only reason your vote is being courted is because McCain's campaign knows anger is blinding, and they want to take advantage of that anger to blind you enough into acting as a firewall for the support Obama will gain after Clinton leaves the race.
Having said that, if you want to support McCain in November, that's your choice. But you should be aware that the people that are really taking advantage of you, and your honest anger and honest patriotism, aren't on the side of the other Democratic nominee.
Edit: thanks for the rec list placement. I'd like to clarify that no, I'm not trying to insult anyone with this diary. If you're insulted by McCain's campaign and their own words - viewing you as a demographic, cynically taking advantage of your deeply held beliefs and emotions that you came to on your own - don't get angry at me. I find it just as insulting as you do. And if you don't find it insulting - you're applauding his move, even if not his motives - the consider the motive. Consider how that measures up to your own standards and ideals that you've professed by supporting Clinton.