Now THAT’S One Misleading Robocall

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This robocall, which apparently went out to registered Democrats only a couple of hours ago, could set a new standard for chutzpah–and maybe for slick deception as well. Amendment 62, as our readers know well, is the initiative to ban all abortions in the state of Colorado, as well as many common forms of birth control. Suffice to say, as was the case when the 2008 “personhood” initiative failed by over 70% of the vote, it’s not going to be very popular with Democrats.

How convenient then that the “Democrat” in this robocall doesn’t use the words “abortion” or “birth control” once, isn’t it? In fact, you’d never know from this call that Amendment 62 concerns reproductive issues: the caller only makes reference to “18,000 human beings [who] lose their lives every year because they are not protected by Colorado’s laws.” The message ends with the narrator imploring the listener, “as a fellow Democrat and human rights activist,” to support Amendment 62.

We assume that whoever paid for this (the recording does not appear to be identified at the end, as we thought was legally required) is hoping that some number of recipients will never check any other source, and will vote yes on 62 entirely on the strength of this robocall. Or, maybe they’re hoping to get Democrats who do know what this is angry about “fellow Democrats” supporting it?

Either way, somebody out there finds themselves very, very clever.

42 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. GOPwarrior says:

    Are there NO Democrat supporters of human rights? Is Bill Ritter not pro-life?

  2. bjwilson83 says:

    I had a “Republican” come to my door trying to get me to support Fischer and Bennet. Upon further questioning, I found out he was really a Democrat who just registers Republican to try to cause mischief.  

  3. ProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Talk about circular logic.

  4. Froward69 says:

    To ease the lines at the polls. Democrats will go vote first on Nov 2! so the high turnout of republicans will have all day Nov 3 to vote and voice their majority.

    (as well as not have to look at, smell or deal with all those Damned Liberal Democrats.)

  5. sxp151 says:

    My friend thought the phrase “biological development” was quite obviously code language for abortion, but I suspected it wouldn’t be obvious to everyone.

    Just like Amendment 46 four years ago, where they tried to sell it as an equal rights measure without specifically saying it would eliminate affirmative action, right-wingers again seem to think we’re all as stupid as they are.

  6. JeffcoBlue says:

    None of these initiative campaigns has a whit of respect for the law. Is it any surprise that they don’t identify who paid for the call? What’s the inconsequential fine for that, anyway?

    Lawless situation…

  7. Gilpin Guy says:

    They can lie, deceive and cheat all they want and it still won’t pass.

    Let them do everything in their powers to skirt every legal law and requirement because when it fails again it will be really really demoralizing to them that they tried everything in the book and the majority of voters in this state told them NO they don’t support their ultra-extremist social engineering experiment.  They will try again in 2012 but the more they lose the less likely they’ll change opinions next time.  This ploy to enslave women will be even less likely to pass next time.

    The problem is that a issue that is close will be susceptible to this kind of election fraud.  We need to fine these organizations with something like 60% of their funding when they engage in fraudulent electioneering.  That would get some attention.

  8. adam.kretz says:

    Came up on my caller ID, though. 302 area code, which is Delaware.  

    • sxp151 says:

      Almost certainly they’re spoofing the number. If you call someone using Skype, for example, I think it assigns a basically random area code to the caller ID, so it can’t be all that difficult.

      • Aristotle says:

        and we had an additional, 206 area code number related to my wife’s job (she had worked for a Seattle company when we moved back to Denver) for a while. I’m not sure if there was a way to set it up to show as the number we were calling from on Caller ID, but it goes to show that there are other ways to get an out of state number while not actually being here in Colorado.

  9. Sir Robin says:

    It’s the historical precedent. I wish I had a link. I’m offering an opinion here.

  10. davebarnes says:

    I have never heard one of these as I have an answering machine intercepting my incoming phone calls.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      The message is recorded and auto-dialers are used to place calls and then replay the message to either answering machines or humans if they get on the line.  It is extremely cheap because the call center doesn’t have to hire humans to repeat the message.  It is a cost effective way to place a lot of calls and not have to pay for any human help.  No wonder Republicans are in love with this telemarketing technique.  Republicans/evangelical extremists are all scam telemarketers are heart even when they are trying to obtain votes with fraudulent promotions.

  11. JeffcoBlue says:

    Amendment 62 has been well-publicized, esp. with the crossover with the Senate race. My opinion is that this was meant for some number of Dems to receive and think it’s Conservadem pandering. Not that many, but some. Sounds crazy to us junkies, but I could see some Democrats (looking at you, Romies) believing it to be “official” and using this as another excuse to stay home.

    That would also explain the lack of ID.

  12. sufimarie says:

    and I’m just gonna stop there. Thx.

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