GOP Attacks Pearl Harbor with Robocalls

The GOP is getting blasted for voting against the largest middle class tax cut in history, so they’re launching Robocalls. Among their targets is Neil Abercrombie (D-Honolulu), the Congressman who has known Barack Obama since childhood. Since Abercrombie won 70% of the vote in 2008, this Robocall attack is really aimed at Obama.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Let slip the dogs of war. For Republicans, that means the Robocalls.

Barack Obama just ordered the Treasury to follow through on tax cuts for 95% of all Americans. It’s part of that stimulus package the GOP voted against en masse. Of course, the GOP, after supporting the largest deficits in history during the Bush Administration, think they can play gotcha because the stimulus package involves deficit spending. So they’re taking off after a Democratic Congressman who they think is vulnerable, Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii. They’re setting loose their prime weapon, the Robocalls! Here it is from the Honolulu Advertiser:

The recorded “robocalls” mention Abercrombie’s vote for “nearly a trillion dollars in wasteful spending” but do not say that the reference is to the stimulus legislation.

Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the committee, says the calls were being made because Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou’s 2010 campaign for Abercrombie’s seat has shown “early signs of success.”

What we seem to have here is a severe lack of judgement. Just four months ago there was an election in Hawaii where Mr. Abercrombie captured 70% of the vote. That’s not the usual statistic that prompts political advisors to think “target.” No, going after Neil Abercrombie makes no sense, not that the Republicans have been oozing competence lately or anything.

So I’m betting this is an attack on Barack Obama back wehre he grew up. You see, Neil Abercrombie holds the distinction of being the only member of Congress to have known Barack OBama as a child. Indeed, Neil Abercrombie knew both of Barack Obama’s parents back in the day. This is, then, the GOP Robocall Pearl Harbor attack on Barack Obama.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

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