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I don't remember if this generated a diary two weeks ago, but in light of the new USA Today/Gallup poll feature on the front page, James Dobson's voter registration/education/manipulation campaign deserves some attention.

First, see the L. A. Times story here.  Note two key paragraphs:

The new voter registration program puts a special focus this year on eight states with key Senate, House and state-level races. Turning out core voters is central to the GOP strategy to retain control of Congress, especially as the party struggles with negative public sentiment over the war in Iraq and other administration policies.

The program, announced in an e-mail to activists last week, is seeking county and church coordinators in the targeted states of Maryland, Montana, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Minnesota.

With the exception of Missouri, this list looks a lot like the USA Today Story and the frong page dkos story and discussion.

People in all of these places need to be prepared to frame and respond to Dobson's events.
Here is an excellent report and analysis by Bob Allen of ehticsdaily.com.  Note this change in Dobson's strategy:

Dobson earlier targeted six Democratic "red-state" senators for defeat in 2006 for opposing the president's judicial nominees. None are included in his new eight-race focus. In the one state that overlaps, Minnesota, the incumbent, Dayton, isn't running.

Dobson's own press release lists sites and dates for three of the events so far:

The rallies will be held Sept. 20 at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh; Oct. 3 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul; and Oct. 16 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

Originally posted to illinifan17 on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 09:30 AM PDT.

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  •  Focus, Focus, Focus (5+ / 0-)

    We all need to counter this effort with our own focused effort on the Senate races in these same eight states.  I would also add Nevada and Missouri.  As a follow-up to wmtriallawyer's diary today, how can we in the netroots do a better job of mobilizing volunteers in all of these states?

  •  Why doesn't Dobson run for office (1+ / 0-)
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    illinifan17

    if he has so much time on his hands to FOCUS on politics and not religion. I think the man is a coward and is afraid that he would not be succesful?

    •  I also think he could not survive (1+ / 0-)
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      bayside

      the public scrutiny.  There are bound to be skeletons in the closet.  In his current position he can wild power with no accountability.

      So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

      by illinifan17 on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 10:05:32 AM PDT

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  •  Yes... (1+ / 0-)
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    illinifan17

    this definately call for a response.  Both to Dobson's efforts, directly and in terms of heightened GOTV, canvassing and fund-raising in the progressive blogosphere.  

    "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

    by mayan on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 09:42:16 AM PDT

  •  Not sure I could stomach that (2+ / 0-)
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    Jill Lehnert, illinifan17

    I don't think I could attend one of these rallies, even as an infiltrator.  I'll think about it and see if I can work up the stamina.

    Here's a little anecdote though.  I listen some mornings to the WORD-FM christian radio station after NPR signs off Morning Edition.  This is the same station that has Dobson's program in the afternoon.  The program on in the morning is ending their fiscal year and is down on their fundraising by 20%.  That's an awful lot and they are making pleas for people to give or they will have to cut their programming and outreach programs.  I know that nonprofits are suffering all over, but could some of it be that people are tired of the we-hate-you-and-you're-doomed-to-hell-if-you-don't-conform message that the hijackers of religion have been putting out?  I'd be interested to know.

    Closed minds should come with closed mouths.

    by Pennsylvanian on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 09:49:49 AM PDT

    •  I'm sure I couldn't attend either. (0+ / 0-)

      The real question is how to respond.  We are looking at some possibilites here in Tennessee.  I am curious whether Republican candidates will attend these events.

      So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

      by illinifan17 on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 10:04:06 AM PDT

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      •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

        I think they best response could be done after seeing what tripe they are putting out at the events, though, and what politicians show up to stand with Dobson.  I am going to consider attending and reporting back here.  I would just need to find a place to take a three hour shower afterwards.  My hot water tank isn't that big.

        Closed minds should come with closed mouths.

        by Pennsylvanian on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 10:18:10 AM PDT

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  •  Where are they.. (0+ / 0-)

    Where in the world is the IRS..They go after aclu, nnacp ,  and dems. but dobson can do this....Dont think so..If he doesnt have to follow the rules then why do we...

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