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Republican playbook on health care targets Peterson, other Blue Dog Dems

Politico has a story today about how Republicans are organizing their attacks on Democrats during the August recess, and Blue Dog Democrats are at the heart of the playbook, including Minnesota’s Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson.

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor sent a a memo to each Republican House member, and passed along a two-page outline of information and stats tailored to the 52 Blue Dog districts.

The memo aimed at Peterson’s 7th District focuses on people who might lose coverage and says Medicare services will have to be cut to pay for the proposed reform. It says taxes will go up for small businesses and won’t help employers as much as Democrats say.

In each section, the relevant percentages for Minnesota or the 7th District have been pasted into the body of the text.

Politico says:

The memo also provides guidance for Republicans doing town hall events, saying that “if you encounter energetic crowds, make sure to listen to what they’re saying; and listen for as long as they wish to speak.”

And it warns GOP House members that the DNC and Organizing for America are having people call Republican offices to ask about public events so that they too can have a database of all the town hall events — presumably for liberal activists to show some force as effectively as conservatives have.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/11/2009 - 08:40 am.

    GOP advice: “..if you encounter energetic crowds, make sure to listen to what they’re saying; and listen for as long as they wish to speak.”

    Democrat advice: “Punch back twice as hard.”

    Who is orchestrating “mobs”, again?

  2. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/11/2009 - 03:14 pm.

    I count three lies from Representative Cantor in one short paragraph (Medicare services will be cut, taxes on small businesses will rise, and employers won’t be helped “as much as Democrats say”). When members of Congress help spread untruths, no wonder people are taken in!

    The Obama administration has asked that those who receive lie-filled chain e-mails forward them to a address I have now lost (sorry). Seeing the e-mails will help the administration know what false information is being circulated and therefore help them correct it quickly.

    This morning on MSNBC, a new lie surfaced saying that the administration was illegally spying on Americans by collecting their e-mail addresses for God-knows-what nefarious socialistic purpose.

  3. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/11/2009 - 05:31 pm.

    Grass roots or Astro turf?

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