Tuesday, April 15, 2008

SCRG violates Guttenberg Principle

"Never develop political strategy while watching Steve Guttenberg films."

That’s what someone should have told South Carolinians for Responsible Government. Besides “don’t get caught writing phony letters to the editor of the state’s largest newspaper,” the Guttenberg Principle is probably the most important piece of political advice an out-of-state special interest posing as a native group should consider.

Unfortunately, they didn’t. And, perhaps more unfortunately (for all of us), the 1986 classic Short Circuit gets heavy rotation on late night cable TV. That's the only possible explanation why the voucher lobby is using robots to try to oust York County Republican Carl Gullick.

From the Rock Hill Herald, “Gullick target of robo-calls”:

"Something's got to be done, because this is ugly," said Joe St. John, a party activist supporting Gullick's campaign. "This is trash politics."

One set of calls came from South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG), a Columbia-based group targeting moderate Republicans across the state through direct mail, advertising and phone calls…

York County GOP Chairman Glenn McCall said he doesn't object to spotlighting a candidate's record, but distorting it is another matter.

"I'm really disappointed," said McCall. "We don't need these groups down here calling and doing all these push polls. The people, they're not going to go for that.”

The people aren't going to go for it? I beg to differ, Glenn. I'd like to speak for everyone and say that I love getting robo-calls in April (preferably at mealtime) and this is a good use of SCRG’s out-of-state money.

This, or burn the cash in a bonfire and cook marshmallows, then put the marshmallows in people's mailboxes with a note that says "Carl Gullick will harsh your mellow." I really can't decide.

Let me finish watching Police Academy and get back to you.


Anonymous said...

From the Rock Hill Herald story:

"Asked whether he would call on outside groups to stop making calls, Boyd said: "I would love to talk to somebody and ask them to quit. But they're going to do what they're going to do. I have absolutely no control over what other groups do.""

In fact, it would be illegal for Boyd to ask the group --- assuming he could find them --- to stop, as that would constitute cooperation between him and the group.

Thanks very much, McCain-Feingold.

I love Big Brother, I love Big Brother, I love Big Brother...

Gervais said...

There's no way asking SCRG to stop would be illegal "cooperation" under any law, except possibly Djibouti's common law.

The fact that this guy "would love to" ask them to stop, but won't, is just hilarious.

He gave another good quote when they asked him whether SCRG recruited him:

"I've had a lot of calls and support for me running. It's hard for me to say exactly who it was who called all those times."

I bet.

Anonymous said...

go ask the elections commission...