I'll go ahead and link the most relevant article I've read recently to this topic
, even though it's Matt Taibbi. So, going forward, those of us on the left are forced to watch the Republican party get dirtier and dirtier, and more and more effective in the electoral tactics they're using to get elected. Everything from voter ID laws, to posting signs in black neighborhoods that give the wrong day to vote, to trying to get liberal states to split their electoral votes. So, what should Democrats do to fight against this sort of thing? I, for one, am tired of watching the Democrats show up to a gun fight with a wiffle bat and one hand tied behind their backs, while the Republicans show up with a nuclear weapon. I would say there are four different places the electoral game is being played, and I'm going to talk about three of them; the ground game, the fourth, where you have actual people on the ground getting people to polling places and such, I think is someplace Democrats tend to do really well; it's the other three they tend to suck at: the media, legal strategies, and extra-legal strategies.
The media game: this is where Democrats tend to get beat the hardest. Republicans will run an ad for Swift Boat Veterans for truth in a tiny handful of super-cheap markets; that ad will be noticed by a national news station, which will then play it back for weeks on end, giving them a ton of free air time. We need to get Democratic groups running the dame sorts of ads. The Democrats need to do something like run ads in moderate districts pointing out that Republicans endorse candidates who think women should be executed for adultery; flash pictures of Jihadists during these ads. Run ads in conservative districts saying that the Republican candidates think that rich people should give away all of their money. Candidates who say they believe in the literal truth of the Bible are actually saying this shit, and it's such a thoroughly retarded position that it should be brought to light. And it's not like you're going to offend people who were going to vote Democrat, anyway.
The legal strategy: the Republicans are really good about this one, too. First, they pass laws instituting mandatory minimums for possession of drugs that are historically popular among the poor and minorities, and make possession of even a small amount of those drugs a felony; then, they pass laws disenfranchising people with felony convictions. Or they pass laws requiring all voters to have IDs in order to "prevent voter fraud," and shut down a bunch of DMVs in low-income areas as a "cost-saving measure." The thing is, the Democrats could be doing the same sort of thing in states they control. I think first and foremost, progressives should be working to repeal felon disenfranchisement laws, and mandatory minimums. In addition to that, I think we should look at ways to reduce Republican turnout. A few ideas:
*If there is an existent voter ID law in a state, close as many rural DMVs as possible.
*Pass laws allowing online voter registration while simultaneously slowing down the processing of registration by mail and in-person. This will hurt poor people, but it will hurt rural people and old people more
*Copy the Republican strategy of advocating proportional splits of electoral votes, just do it in more conservative places. If we can get a vote or two out of Montana or Nevada, all the better.
thing that would be a big winner on the national level: let the Republicans repeal the Americans with Disabilities Act. This has been a huge pet issue of the Chamber of Commerce for decades. It will be a strategic victory for the Democrats on a couple of levels: 1) All of the disabilities advocacy groups will be forced to completely switch gears. Right now, they spend a lot of their time advocating against abortion, against genetic research, and against euthanasia; this would make them spend all of their time fighting to get the ADA reinstated. 2) It would allow the Democrats to put polling places in non-handicap accessible areas in states like, say, Florida and Arizona, with large populations of old people. This would make it difficult (if not impossible) for a lot of them to vote. 3) This would also cause a huge backlash against the Republicans from the disability community (not that a ton of them are Republican, anyhow, but they've been starting to lean that direction lately, what with the insane anti-science shit they're into). It could help drive Democratic turnout.
Finally, extra-legal strategies. I think we need to get some Democratic groups trying the same sort of voter caging strategies that the Republicans use, things like giving the wrong date for election day, or convincing people that they've voted when they really haven't. Rural voters and the elderly are ideal targets for these sorts of things.
So, I'm sure there will be plenty of disagreement here on how far the Democrats should or should not go, or to what degree any of my ideas should be implemented. Also, let's hear your ideas! Also, you can talk about what a horrible person I am to suggest the Democrats shouldn't just roll over and die when it comes to these sorts of tactics.