Friday, August 17, 2007

Parents for Choice in Education Eats Babies, or Rovian Tactics From PCE

Maybe Karl Rove quit his job at the White House to work for Parents for Choice in Education (Better Known in these parts as "Hostess Employees for Twinkees as Health Food").

According to an article in today's Salt Lake Tribune, PCE is calling people to "ask" them if their minds would be changed on the voucher issue if they knew that the same orginization opposing vouchers favored same-sex marriage.

Which, to begin with, is false.

It's also a practice known as "push polling," where the results of the poll aren't important, it's the impression you leave in people's minds. The best example of push polling was in South Carolina's Republican Presidential Primary of 2000. John McCain was in a position to pull ahead of George W Bush. Karl Rove commissioned a poll where voters were asked "Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?", an allegation that had no substance, but planted the idea of undisclosed allegations in the minds of thousands of primary voters. McCain and his wife had in fact adopted a Bangladeshi girl.

This is unfair and dirty. And, if PCE has to resort to dirty tricks to win, what does that say of the validity of their position?