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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

 

freeper "strategery" http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/932797/posts

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, June 25, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The "freepers" (posters at Free Republic.com, a rabidly pro-GOP discussion forum) discovered the MoveOn poll and in their usual fashion tried to find a way to derail it.

In the process, though, their threads on FR.com are unintentionally hilarious! For example, they are trying to vote for Al Sharpton or Dennis Kucinich in the poll - which is a waste of their mischief potential (voting for Edwards might have made a difference in pushing him to a marginal victory, for example). (Related - there actually is a Republicans for Sharpton web site now - which I think is a wonderful thing, because by drawing attention to Sharpton's brilliant critiques of Bush and articulate vision of Progressive ideals from a humanist standpoint, they only serve the progressive cause).

The sum total of votes the Freepers were able to amass - including their exacggerated claims of filing ten ballots each - is only about a few hundred. Compared to MoveOn.org's membership base of 1.5 million, this is just noise.

Curiously, some of the Freepers are voting for Dean, claiming that his "unelectability" makes him the perfect spoiler candidate. The irony of a group of so-called conservatives decrying a fiscally conservative, budget-balancing, pro-gun candidate as "unelectable" is probably beyond their ability to discern.

The funniest thing about the freepers is when their governmental paranoia intersects with their political machinations. I'll let a Freeper explain:

This is not a FReeping opportunity - this is lunacy! These people are COMMUNISTS!

THINK ABOUT IT ...!!

DO YOU REALLY WANT YOUR NAME ON A LIST ASSOCIATED WITH A COMMUNIST ORGANIZATION ...??

HOW WILL YOU EXPLAIN THIS WHEN THE DOJ OR THE FBI COME CALLING AND ASKING YOU QUESTIONS AND POKING INTO YOUR PRIVATE AFFAIRS ...??


Don't worry, my freeper friend. When the FBI come knocking on your door, just invoke the holy name of His servant, John Ashcroft, and He will deliver ye from harm.


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