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Kaiser, Charles
February 2005
Advocate;2/1/2005, Issue 931, p72
This article presents the author's opinion on the U.S. presidential election in November 2004. Count me among those out-of-step blue-staters who find it literally unbelievable that 51% of the U.S. voting public still wanted U.S. President George Bush to be their president. Not surprisingly, Bush's own campaign mimicked the behavior of its corporate masters to harvest votes. According to new Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, the Bush campaign acquired a lot of consumer data. Based on that, we were able to develop an exact kind of consumer model that U.S. corporate does every day to predict how people vote, not based on where they live but how they live. Finally, we have the ultimate example of moral values, which provided the Bush campaign with the perfect euphemism for another essential tactic of fascism: the scapegoating of minorities. I do not know if the voters who came out to vote in favor of anti-gay initiatives Bush operatives placed on the ballot in 11 states played a decisive role in Bush's victory. But I do know there was nothing new about the Republican decision to use gay baiting to garner the votes of bigots. That tradition was inaugurated 25 years ago, when an organization called Christians for Reagan paid for a barrage of commercials throughout the South.


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