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Republicans mail another 'Census' form

By Ed O'Keefe

The National Republican Congressional Committee has sent supporters a mailer with the word "Census" featured prominently throughout the document.

Democrats, senior citizen groups, public opinion researchers -- even a former Republican-appointed Census director -- recently criticized a similar mailing by the Republican National Committee, arguing it could confuse elderly Americans on the lookout for the government's decennial census questionnaires. The U.S. Census Bureau will mail the decennial forms next month.

The RNC mailing and envelope included the words "Census" and "Official Document" and were deemed legal by the Postal Service because they did not explicitly use the words "U.S. Census Bureau" or the agency's official seal.

Nonetheless, three Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would require mailings with the word "census" to clearly indicate the sender's name and return address and an unambiguous statement that the mailing is not associated with the U.S. Census Bureau.

The new mailing, from the NRCC, includes a fundraising solicitation and begins with a letter from House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio):

"You are one of a carefully selected group of Republican leaders nationwide receiving the enclosed CENSUS DOCUMENT containing your 2010 Census of America's Republican Leadership," the letter states. Boehner asks the recipient to complete the form to help end "Nancy Pelosi's reign as Speaker" and "the Obama administration's radical leftist agenda."

The document then asks participants several questions consistent with the Republican Party platform or rhetoric.

"Do you agree that Speaker Pelosi damaged our counter-terrorism efforts when she accused the CIA of lying without providing any evidence?" the document asks.

“It's clear in the document that this is an NRCC mailer used to collect the opinions of Republicans and, if they're willing, donations to help us retire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker," said NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay. "Unlike the Census Bureau's Super Bowl ad, the response has been positive.”

The agency's Super Bowl ad was widely panned, and deemed too expensive and confusing by critics.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
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Comments

Excellent!

Hopefully, Republicans and their ilk will be undercounted in this years census and then underrepresented in government for the next 10 years.

However, their over-representation on talk radio and cable TV will be another unbearable drag on the nation.

Posted by: mabkhar | February 10, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Anyone saying a person will be confused by a mailing like that, one which clearly indicates it is a political party's mailing, just because of one word in it, and because they are elderly, is insulting the intelligence of older people simply for being older. When I am old, I won't suddenly become some easily befuddled half-wit simply because I am old.

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | February 10, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

IOW, if you would become confused by that mailing when you were 70, you probably would have become confused by it when you were 20 years old, too, because you are an easily confused person at any age.

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | February 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Confuse the elderly? I think the elderly are pretty much on guard these days, since Obama and his cronies have attacked medicare and proposed health care rationing and creation of death panels.

I think the elderly will take care of the problem come November and in 2012.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | February 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans know no shame. They are the masters of mis-information. Obviously, they don't see anything wrong with that.

Posted by: rousehouse | February 10, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually the "attack on medicare" as it was billed by dishonest members of the GOP, was an attempt to reign in the high costs of the "private medicare program" called Advantage which was created in 1997. Since 2002 with a GOP Congressional bump in the pharmeceutical bill, privatized Medicare Advantage runs far higher processing costs than regular medicare, and those costs and profits of the insurance industries that benefit from the Advantage program, have been subsidized by taking money from the "government run" Medicare program. The real question we should be asking is who is really attacking Medicare.
John McCain and others in the Gop have been seriously misrepresenting the facts in this debate - which explains why many right wing extremists are dead wrong in their evaluation of the situation.

Posted by: tfrrabbit | February 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to "thehamptons1" for explaining exactly why it's a problem for the Republican Party to distribute a mailer using the word "census." It's clear now that Republicans have been trained to believe anything, any lie or misrepresentation like "attack Medicare" or "death panels," as long as it comes from the right source.

Additionally, Republicans have succeeded to an extraordinary extent at creating their own alternate reality (having nothing to do with inconveniences like facts or truth), and have conditioned their supporters to accept only GOP-approved messages.

It wouldn't be surprising AT ALL if many Republicans believed they should only respond to a GOP-mailed document reading "census," and viewed an official census questionnaire as being somehow Obama-friendly or one more step down the road to jack-booted totalitarianism.

Posted by: jonfromcali | February 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans know no shame. They are the masters of mis-information. Obviously, they don't see anything wrong with that.

Posted by: rousehouse

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Except that this doesn't make a lick of sense. The elderly tend to vote disproportionately Republican, and were Republicans to intentionally confuse the elderly into being undercounted in the census, this could mean potentially unfavorable redistricting for Republicans. I can think of any number of demographics that Republicans, were they truly evil, might want to confuse in the census, but the elderly is nowhere on the list.

Posted by: blert | February 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This is news?

Posted by: member8 | February 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Very obvious that the RNC is afraid to put the source, and purpose of the mailing on the outside of their envelope. How low can they go to get people to open their mailings?
This is so blatantly a false inducement to open the envelope it becomes pathetic. Why not call it an opinion survey, and solicitation for donations, which it what it is.

Posted by: atc333 | February 10, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

There are "many" who underestimate us conservatives. I, for one, happen to do my research VERY well thank you. All I can say if you are a politician, and cannot adhere to the constitution, you become greedy and power hungry and try to control my life, take away power from the states and don't do what the majority of people tell you to do since you work for the people...then you SHOULD be ousted!

Posted by: Angelgirl1 | February 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It was great fun to fill out the Republican "Census" since we have been registered Democrats for nearly sixty years. Since we disagreed with virtually all their twisted premises, we noted at the end they were idiots to send this out to registered Democrats. It rather made our day! I can't wait for the next mailing!

Posted by: LadyB1 | February 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Why is there surprise at this Republican sleaze from John Boehner, the master of sleaze.He is a poster child for the word politician.

Posted by: edwillsr | February 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"I think the elderly are pretty much on guard these days, since Obama and his cronies have attacked medicare"

Bahaha. Please sir, allow me to introduce you to Republican Rep. Paul Ryan

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/02/rep_paul_ryans_daring_budget_p.html

Posted by: thackerj | February 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I think this is treasonous. It's hard to believe there isn't some law that hasn't actually been broken by mailing this out to U.S. citizens. I read the PDF and was shocked at the insurrectionist language. I think it incites a revolution. That isn't a crime?

Posted by: blosmurph | February 10, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Those who stand against Obama will die a traitors death.

Posted by: member8 | February 10, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

As a "joke," one of my former friends added me to the GOP's mailing list, and I just received this "CENSUS" letter on Monday. The survey that is enclosed is classic push-polling, but the questions are so outrageously biased that it's hard to imagine a recipient not realizing that they're clearly being manipulated to hate all things Obama/Pelosi/Democratic (oh, excuse me...Democrat) and to fall in lockstep with all things GOP.

Of course, a party that continues to claim that the obvious solution to our health care cost crisis is tort reform -- proving that they can't even do basic math (tort reform: 1.5% of the cost of health care increases; Anthem Blue Cross rate increase to individual Californians this year: 30-39% -- 15 times the rate of inflation, by the way) -- should not be expected to communicate honestly or factually, now should it?

Posted by: marcywrite | February 10, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

They're going to take a totally one-sided poll of people who they already know and then pretend they're speaking for the majority of Americans.


No doubt this is going to be especially directed to the wacko right wing Republican psycho nut cases.

Go ahead wackos, tell us again how unhappy you are (oh brother).

Posted by: lindalovejones | February 10, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

TO: marcywrite who wrote:
“…Of course, a party that continues to claim that the obvious solution to our health care cost crisis is tort reform -- proving that they can't even do basic math (tort reform: 1.5% of the cost of health care increases; Anthem Blue Cross rate increase to individual Californians this year: 30-39% -- 15 times the rate of inflation, by the way) -- should not be expected to communicate honestly or factually, now should it?”
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Obviously the GOP is working for the insurance and drug companies who have to pay out money for claims made against doctors and hospitals that hurt people instead of help them.

If the doctors weren’t hurting so so so many people, and if the doctors weren’t being found liable for doing harm to so so so many people, which causes the insurance companies who insure these bad doctors and have to pay out tons of money in damages, if all that weren’t true then tort reform wouldn’t even be an issue.

But since it is an issue for the GOP, nobody BUT the insurance and drug companies are going to benefit from tort reform.

I personally don’t want ANYBODY, least of all a politician to try to waive my rights to recovery if I were ever hurt by a doctor, but that’s all the GOP does, send our jobs overseas, waive our rights to sue these multi-billion dollar insurance companies, and use the American Taxpayer as a cash cow.

Posted by: lindalovejones | February 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This is an official census of stupid and senile people. Please answer the following questions:

1) If the Democrats pass their Unamerican, Socialist Health Care Reform Bill, will it bother you when the government decides to kill you instead of providing you with medical treatment if you fall ill?

2) We Republicans have proven, using the following mathematical formula, 2+2=5, that anything Democrats say or do is against the Constitution of the United States. Do believe it is acceptable for these Communist scum to violate our great nation's Constitution?

3) Nancy Pelosi is a confirmed Devil Worshipper who sacrifices small animals prior to each session of Congress. Will you send us your Social Security check so we can force her to retire and get a Christian Republican to take her place?

Posted by: meand2 | February 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, I find the NRCC's mailing juvenile and the Administration's Superbowl ad not only pitiful in terms of quality but a monumental waste of taxpayers' earnings.

Posted by: Buffal0Bill | February 10, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Herzlichen Glückwunsch Republikanisch Führer. Bitte betreiben unserer erarbeiten uns. Wir sind extermely dankbar. Sie ain't gesehen nichts noch!!! Die National Sozialistisch Republikanisch Party

Posted by: Vercengetorix | February 10, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Nothing the republicans do surprises me. They have taken lying, obstructionism, racism, bigotry, greed and pure hate to new levels. This is the most evil group of people imaginable who have no qualms about sabbotaging America for their own ends.

Posted by: Pearl77 | February 10, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

As a 76 year old grandmother, my comment would be un-printable.

Posted by: ldwboyd | February 10, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Can we expect to receive something similar from ACORN?

Posted by: rteske | February 10, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Please make sure Acorn stays out of this but from what I have discovered already is that Acorn has hired over 1000 scum bags to begin census surveys.

Posted by: vangup | February 10, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

This flyer sounds like obstruction of a government mandated function. The GOPhers will stop at nothing, until they are stopped, perhaps in the courts.

Posted by: Redhead2 | February 10, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank you "SCOTSGUARDS" for tactfully exposing the leftist comunistic views of the extreme liberals who wrote this article, and also who commented on it. They seem like crybabys & cowards to me.

"Anyone saying a person will be confused by a mailing like that, one which clearly indicates it is a political party's mailing, just because of one word in it, and because they are elderly, is insulting the intelligence of older people simply for being older. When I am old, I won't suddenly become some easily befuddled half-wit simply because I am old."

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | February 10, 2010 1:42 PM


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Posted by: completemc1 | February 10, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

There are "many" who underestimate us conservatives." Posted by Angelgirl1
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I am not one of them I never underestimate
the conservatives' ability to confuse and befuddle people with outright lies. I read this "CENSUS". It's a Piece of C...p.

Posted by: Franktheliberal | February 10, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

After two crooked election the repubs got their clock cleaned in 2006 and 2008 and they can't stand the fact that America has had enough of their crooked policies. They are spending millions of dollars bragging about some recent crumbs they ate off of the floor but that will not fool many voters. The voters in most states will never forget "POLICIES AND CORRUPTION OF THE BUSH ADM."

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | February 11, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

meand2, OMG where would you find a christian republican. Maybe you have not read the list of the moral majority republicans put out over the last few years by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Don Wildmon as examples {Tom Delay who should be in prison} {Bill Frist who was allowed to resign rather than face prison} {Newt Gingrich who badgered his wife for a divorce when she was having cancer surgery so he could marry his aid who was 26 years younger than him} Please help me out maybe the S.C. governor or maybe the old fart that played footsie in the men's rest room. Shall I go on???

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | February 12, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

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