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November 9, 2013 - 10:34 am
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The bit about the endorsement by his cousin who had the same name as a noted state representative was inspired politics.I recall years ago a candidate running for Congress who plastered pictures of military action all over his mailers when he never served. But even though he never overtly claimed to be black, he definitely tried to mislead voters into thinking he was. Forget the racial angle, misleading voters for any reason, under any circumstances is wrong. Not racist — just wrong.

As the article points out, the mailers may not have been the deciding factor in the race:

Just how much a role Wilson’s mailers played in the campaign is unclear. Other incumbents running for re-election were forced into runoffs, perhaps because the community college system has come under intense criticism for insider business deals and spending money on overseas initiatives. And after 24 years in office, Austin’s name should have been somewhat familiar to his constituents.

“I suspect it’s more than just race,” says Bob Stein, the Rice University political scientist and KHOU analyst. “The Houston Community College was under some criticism for bad performance. And others on the board also had very serious challenges.”

Still, in such a close election — a 26 vote margin — you can assume that the mailers influenced at least a handful of low-information voters. While it may have been enough to put him over the top, it’s a good bet he won’t be able to get away with it again if he decides to run for re-election.

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Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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But it's called politics when a democrat bundler from Texas funds a fake libertarian in a Virginia governors race to swing a race in favor of the democrat.

I say, welcome to your own world, chumps!
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The real reason people are mad is because he showed that a lot of folks will only vote for someone because he's black.
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To out-Alinsky the left is simply devine and inspirational.
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Perhaps conservatives need to start creating/funding "green" party candidates for each election in order to split the Democrat vote.....
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"White Guy Wins Election After Making Voters Think He’s Black"
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I think it is actually 'White Guy Wins Election After allowing Voters to Think He’s Black'.
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Shows how much actual research the low info voters put in before making their decisions, doesn't it?
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I love it! It's just like the Eddie Murphy movie, A Distinguished Gentleman, but with the colors reversed.
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Jeff Johnson: The Name You Know!
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"misleading voters for any reason, under any circumstances is wrong. Not racist — just wrong."

Don't be stupid, Moran. If voters allow themselves to be so easily misled, it's their own damn fault. The current occupant of the White House is there because he concealed his academic, and personal history, the better to mislead the millions of low-information voters in this country.

And BTW, isn't it racist to vote for someone because of the color of their skin?
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Pretending to be black only works if black voters vote based on the color of your skin.
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What is an "anti-gay" activist? Someone who agrees with only 85% of the homosexual agenda?
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Love it!
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All you do is find the proper Pavlov's bell for a large group of idiots, and voila. Instant success. Does not even have to be remotely true, just as long as the proper bell is rung. Worked in Virginia, too!

(Not that this excuses misleading voters, but it does point out that there are a lot of voters who don't even bother fact-checking when the right keywords are used)
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Folks, take a very good look at this. This is how successful campaigns should be done. Listen and learn.

Be aware of your battlespace. The MSM is an enemy. Low information voters exist. Attack ads work. Women prefer the taller (and more alpha) male candidate. And so on.
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Y'know, as a rather short person, wouldn't it be wonderful if people played photo tricks to make a candidate look tall? Or thin?

BTW, I am aware of a reverse situation. Many years ago, Ed Koch spoke to use at my school (the Yeshiva University political club was an early supporter of his; I think it got us a badly-needed traffic light). What surprised me was how tall he was. I think most people thought he was shorter.
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Nicely done, and proof that low information voters actually exist.
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