Two themes have emerged in GOP campaigning in the last few election cycles. The first is recognizable: paint every Democrat as a radical socialist striving to take away your rights and money. This plays well with conservatives and moderates who aren’t well politically informed and thus lack a clear idea of what Democrats stand for and what socialism is. Denny’s attacks against Tester have followed this path. It’s far from fool-proof, however. After all, neither Obama nor Tester have been particularly liberal – they kept health care in private hands, have overseen an expansion of the private sector and a shrinkage of the public one in the years following the crisis, and have largely continued a robust, though not idiotic, foreign policy – leaving little for the GOP to go on.
Thus, the other half of the strategy – commandeer the complaints of the far left, repeat them, and use them to drive down voter turn out. It happened, somewhat accidentally, in 2000 – enough liberals failed to come out for Al Gore and gave the election to George Bush, thinking (as they were instructed by the left wing media) that there was no difference between Clinton and Bush, and there would be even less from Gore. In 2010 the strategy got more pointed when Latinos (who the GOP candidate had pretty much already lost) in Nevada were openly encouraged not to vote to somehow punish Democrats. It was a cowardly campaign, but the strategy was sound.
Now in 2012, we’re seeing it all over again. On this site we’ve got Craig Moore and Ingy both regularly taking sides with the far left, and Montana’s most famous conservative ‘reporter’ saying he doesn’t see any difference between Tester and Rehberg (per MT Cowgirl). The attacks against Bullock for failing to argue that the the 14th amendment applies to State regulations are the best example of this: the story was jumped on naively by leftists eager to uphold their narrative that there is no difference between the parties, and conservative operatives were savvy enough to jump on the bandwagon, knowing that a low progressive turnout was Rick Hill’s best hope, and their best chance to create the sort of Montana Schweitzer narrowly saved us from last session.
It’s a clever strategy – if you can’t convince them to vote for you, convince them not to vote. And all the grunt work is done by supposed leftists, ideologues who are so busy attacking moderate Democrats that they don’t realize or care who they are helping into office. Link to a couple of their sites and conservatives can both act non-partisan and help convince people not to vote. If you feel tempted to just say to hell with it and not vote, just know – that’s exactly what some very powerful people want you to do. Remember how that worked out in 2000?