GOP as carnies

Carnies have the attitude that if you’re gullible and stupid enough to fall for their rigged games, then you deserve everything you get.  They’re very proud of their deceptive actions, because they’re so much smarter than the rubes who fall for them.

The Republican party feels the same way about you.

This is nothing new.  Dick Nixon had a “Dirty Tricks” committee specifically designed to do these things. fakepelosisite And now the current party has taken a book from Tricky Dickie and has created a series of false and misleading campaign websites for Democratic candidates.

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee bought up hundreds of URLs on Democratic candidates and created sites that mimic the real ones.  They have the candidate’s picture really big, and then a big “donate” button, and then in small print, it says “Help us defeat the candidate.”

These are so misleading that Google has started putting their warning pages up before you can see them, telling you that it is a potential phishing site.

This fits in with the theme of the the blog this week, which is that the GOP has a specific policy of lying and being misleading.  What’s more, like carnies, they’re proud of it.  Daniel Scarpinato, the NRCC’s press secretary, brags about the fake website program and plans on expanding it.

In response, the National Democratic Committee states that it has no plans to ever create deceptive web sites of this sort.

4 thoughts on “GOP as carnies

  1. “Carnies have the attitude that if you’re gullible and stupid enough to fall for their rigged games, then you deserve everything you get. They’re very proud of their deceptive actions, because they’re so much smarter than the rubes who fall for them.”

    Where did you get this stereotype?
    Having been a Carnie for 13 years, I find this offensive. Having worked those games, having worked those food joints, having managed the midway for three years, I can honestly tell you that very few carnie games are rigged. The majority of the carnivals I worked refused to allow rigged games on the midway. The games and some of the food vendors are independent operators that pay rent to the owner of the carnival. And if it was discovered they were running a shill, management would shut them down. The owner of the show could get in trouble with the town or police if they got caught. Oh there are few unethical carnies out there, and they give them all a bad name, but the majority are quite on the up-and-up. The games are designed to not be easy to win, but that does not mean they are rigged. If all the games were as simple as picking a duck out of the water, carnivals would never succeed. And It’s quite costly to operate a carnival. If you ever want to learn more about it ask me, I am more than happy to tell about my life as a carnie. But I really resent that particular stereotype.

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