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Counting Jesus Fish On Car Bumpers

Democrats are mounting a big canvassing effort at the end of this month and part of that outreach is targeted at religious voters.

As part of the Democratic Reunion campaign, resources have been made available to assist those canvassing their neighborhoods on behalf of the Democratic Party. A canvassing tip sheet at the website instructs volunteers to discuss the issues important to their neighbors and then lists things to look for in order to get an idea of what those issues are. The first two items listed are:

  • Bumper stickers or window decals: What issues are brought up? Do they indicate issue preferences? Do they indicate particular values?
  • Religious items: Do they have any religious items in view? What can you tell by the nature of their religious display?"

The tip sheet continues, "Take a quick look around. What do you see and what might it tell you about the person whose home you are visiting? What might each of the cues listed below tell you about the voters who live there?" Cues then listed include "religious symbols," "U.S. flag," "well tended flower garden" and "expensive car."

Listed also on the tip sheet are various bumper stickers that might give the canvassers insight into the voters they will be addressing, including religious bumper stickers and even specifically the "Hate Is Not A Family Value" sticker.

After reading the canvassing tips, Pat Hynes, author of In Defense Of The Religious Right, said: "It is a testament as to how remarkably out of touch the Democrats are that they need to count the number of Jesus fish on the bumpers of cars to measure the values of their communities. Instead of spying on their neighbors to build their political databases, Democrats would be wise to darken the doorways of a church now and again and absorb some of the traditional moral values that play an increasing role in public life."

Update: I tried to make the distinction in the piece between Democrats and Democrat leaders or politicians, but probably didn't make it as clearly as I should have. I was referring to the party leaders and a strategy in the piece, so where I just referred to "Democrats" I was referring to the leadership of the party, not the little old lady down the street who has been a registered Democrat for fifty years and goes to church every week. I know that there are many church-going Democrats. Many of the ones I know vote for Republicans as often as Democrats, though, especially in national races, and I think that is what has the party worried.

Update II: HA! Go look at the picture John Hawkins found to depict a canvasser.

Update III: There are some interesting observations about voter ID-ing at Where I Stand.
Cross posted at Wizbang Poltiics.


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Comments (17)

Wow.Do they think ... (Below threshold)


Do they think this is less creepy than just looking at the damned polls?

What it does is allow the c... (Below threshold)

What it does is allow the canvasser to lie more effectively - Tell the people what they want to hear. They can be for something at one house; and, then be against it with a neighbor.

If a Democrat canvasser visits you and starts talking about Red State values, you'll know they have been given this script to follow. Have some fun - do a Kerry. Discuss being for a position for a while, then turn against it. Keep it up. Don't let them leave gracefully.

Lori - a shameless plug: I ... (Below threshold)

Lori - a shameless plug: I just reviewed Hynes' book on my web site. It's a great read.

This sounds like the DNC is... (Below threshold)

This sounds like the DNC is trying to replicate the RNC's Voter Vault database. Republicans have been doing this for years and then supplying the database to any candidate or party official who is walking door-to-door or calling voters. It is amazing how detailed the information can be in the Voter Vault depending on how well the local precinct chairs took notes. At a minimum though, the Voter Vault contains the publicly available voting records from almost every county in the nation. The DNC is envious, very envious.

No problems with a dumorat ... (Below threshold)

No problems with a dumorat interview at my house. They will have 10 seconds to move 200 feet to the end of the driveway and off my property or extreme violence will break out. There has been certain other groups that got the message and I have had no return trips.
I like the 'no trespassing' signs that says, 'we shoot every third salesman, two have already been here today', or this one, 'trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again'. That should be sufficient warning for even a dumorat. What will the dumorats come up with next. LMAO

I went over to Huff & Puff ... (Below threshold)

I went over to Huff & Puff and was I surprised. Hellary has them scared to death about 2008. Even the head winch over there said 'God help us'. It sure is a funny post. This link will save you a little time. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/hillarys-secret-08-stra_b_24978.html

Sounds a lot like "Big Brot... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

Sounds a lot like "Big Brother is Watching" to me. On the other hand, if you want to screw up your car with a lot of pasties, you get to live with the consequences.


Try inviting them in and making them hold still for a two hour lecture on the errors of their ways in the future. I gaurantee it will be the last time you are bothered.

I like how our VW van has N... (Below threshold)

I like how our VW van has NRA stickers on it. I think their heads would explode from the cognitive dissonance.

Of course, no Democrats are going to waste their time talking to people in NYC. They figure they've already got us sewn up.

Anyone else here remember t... (Below threshold)

Anyone else here remember the story of Howard Dean's campaign imploding after his "GRASS-roots" people hit the streets in Iowa?

It seems these little freaks with orange hats were getting angry and obnoxious when folks were not going along with their lefty screeds.

They were scaring the hell out of little old ladies with their angry rants. Of course they couldn't understand why the rest of the country didn't believe that the war on terror was really just a plot to enrich the oil companies and that 9-11 was really an inside job.

So now the lefties have a lesson plan on how to communicate with people other than fellow moonbats?

I can see it now. After noticing the Jesus painting on the wall, the lefty response "Hey, I see you are a Clapman fan".

"Oh, and I see you have a garden. I myself have dabbled in the horticultural field....Cool".

Yep, sounds like the Democrats have a good plan there.

Actually this all started w... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

Actually this all started when Al Gore decided to re-invent himself. Oh! Your for less taxes. Well, so am I.

kbiel, were the GOP folks s... (Below threshold)

kbiel, were the GOP folks skulking around the neighborhood to make their database?

Hmmmm.If the Democ... (Below threshold)


If the Democrats want to attract Christian voters it would probably help, a tad, if the whackier members of the Democratic party didn't refer to them as "damn christers".

kbiel, were the GO... (Below threshold)
kbiel, were the GOP folks skulking around the neighborhood to make their database?

I can't speak for every county party or precinct chair, but I can say that as a precinct chair, I was not ever asked to "skulk around". We were asked to fill in the blanks with what we already knew about our neighbors and with what we learned on any door-to-door "get out the vote" campaign.

In fact, that is the reason that the Democrats can't seem to get their database together. Rather than sending outside canvassers to neighborhoods, the GOP prefers to rely on their precinct chairs who they encourage to go door-to-door or hold parties and meet their neighbors.

sorry kbile, I was asking a... (Below threshold)

sorry kbile, I was asking a rhetorical. :)
As someone who contributed to the same system, I know what the party asked of us.
We filled what we knew from getting to know our neighbors, rather than observing the superficials.
We talked to people. Had BBQs.
And like you said, we didn't send volunteers into outside neighborhoods. People will stop and talk to people they know live down the road, but less so for some person they've never seen before.

Scrapiron: No problems w... (Below threshold)
Totally Matt:

Scrapiron: No problems with a dumorat interview at my house. They will have 10 seconds to move 200 feet to the end of the driveway and off my property or extreme violence will break out.

I accused you of being a DU or Kossack troll a few days ago and you didn't reply. I'm still convinced of it.

Don't beat any Girl Guides to death!

You're also convinced that ... (Below threshold)

You're also convinced that an EKO member was just a regular conscript...

Yes, republicans certainly ... (Below threshold)

Yes, republicans certainly have a lock on "morals" and "christian" values, what with the false "war" raging (war? what war? where is the opposing army?) This certainly isn't a Just War, as framed even in the Catholic catechism. But you don't care about that do you? You simply parrot your leader's views, and obey your (human) minister.

Gay marriage, and flag burning will not destroy America; but neglecting your fellow Americans after disasters such as Katrina, and ignoring financial crunches causing your fellow neighbors to work 3 and 4 jobs to feed their children MOST DEFINITELY WILL. You people disgust me.

Have you ever considered how very similar neo-conservatives and islamic extremists are? NO? Consider this:

What do neo-cons claim as their ultimate enemy (aside from the shadow issue of 'terrorism'?)

What do islamic extremists, such as the Islamic Brotherhood claim as their ultimate enemy, as their founder Qutb initiallly proclaimed?

Two sides of the same damn coin, and you people are too simple to realize it; but it's ok, it's alright..follow your minister's words to the T, because he knows God. Sure. Which is why every group from Baptists to Catholics, to Muslims claim to have a direct line to God.

I personally, do not want a government mingling with religion, because as the Establishment clause so indicates, our Government should NOT be in the business of recognizing and holding one religion above another. Period. I refuse to have to define my belief in God, to any self-righteous follower of another human man, or have them infringe on my freedom, all the while giving a stamp of approval on a "war" that is clearly not Just, anti-Christian values, killing thousands of innocent people. You are hypocrites.






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