Do you think that this has been a bloody campaign full of robocalls, bogus letters, and billboards? Well you have not seen anything yet! With less than a week until this unusually close race comes to a close, both Democrats and Republicans are stepping up the mudslinging in vital swing states and they are not holding back. This race is getting dirty and this week has only just begun.
In Florida, voters reported robocalls about a fake debate between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Did this debate ever happen? No, of course not. This was a ploy to undermine Obama by an extremely passionate and weirdly determined group of Republicans. A reasonably frustrated member of Obama’s campaign tweeted in response, “New GOP robocall on Israel is 100% fictional. This kind of deceitful tactic is cynical — and it’s bad for Israel: — Marie Harf (@marieharf) October 30, 2012”.
Poor Florida has been hit really hard this week; I guess it’s just a consequence of living in a crucial battleground state. On Monday, FBI and state authorities are investigating letters marked with a county election supervisor’s letterhead. This fake letter stated, “A nonregistered voter who casts a vote in the State of Florida may be subject to arrest, imprisonment, and/or other criminal sanctions”. Who would put the effort in to create a fake supervisor letterhead? I guess an extremely motivated voter. There have also been reports of a strange documentary that has been mysteriously showing up in voters mailboxes that questions Obama’s father’s identity. Really? Isn’t the father thing getting a little trite? This is the type of low blow mudslinging that is illuminated in the country this week before the elections.
The examples of these little tricks are never ending. More than 100 billboards that stated, “Voter fraud is a felony! Up to three and a half years and a $10,000 fine” were plastered all over Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. This was perceived as a tactic to “suppress left-leaning urban voters” in these states and the billboards were promptly removed.
Where is the line drawn? Well, certainly not with senior citizens. In Virginia, senior citizens have been receiving phone calls from scammers who told them that they could cast a ballot through the phone, which induced chaos throughout the state.
Aren’t people tired of all of these dirty little tricks? I certainly am. It makes me almost want to lose faith in politics all together. A little four-year-old girl by the name of Abigael Evans who lives in the battleground state of Colorado expresses her views of the election in the following video:
“I’m tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney,” sobs the poor girl. So are we Abigail, so are we.
– Amy Rowland