Democrat Colin McEnroe at the Hartford Courant says the Connecticut Democratic Party just keeps getting sleazier. He’s gotten three mailers detailing how he and neighbors voted in the past, warning his voting will be monitored in the coming election. This is supposed to encourage you to vote? But then, this is what happens when a political party is out of ideas, clues, and ethics. Republicans do same thing, trying to threaten and shame people into voting. This race to bottom is bipartisan and shows the moral bankruptcy of both parties. Neither have coherent platforms and exist primarily to attack each other and to grovel for legal bribes called campaign contributions.
Just when you thought this campaign season couldn’t sink any lower or become any more repulsive, the Connecticut Democrats have found a new crack they can slither down into.
Connecticut voters have been receiving mail pieces — three different ones to this address — in which the addressee’s pattern of showing up to vote is listed, apparently just to prove that the people sending the mail know which elections you voted in. The most disgusting of the three — sent by the state central committee of the Connecticut Democrats — also lists two other people from your street, with data about whether they voted in the last three elections.
The tone of the mailings is chilling, like something you’d get from Stasi in East Berlin in 1967. “Who you vote for is private, but whether or not you vote is public record,” it says.
And then: “We will be reviewing these records after the election to determine whether or not you joined your neighbor in voting.” Oh you will, will you?
In a comical display of incompetence, many of the mailers were addressed to the wrong person.
So this tactic — despicable on its face — has been made even worse through incompetence.
Imagine that you were a recently naturalized citizen or an older person who feels a little shaky and vulnerable. How would this make you feel?
It would probably scare them at least somewhat, and make them less likely to vote for that party.