Remember how I’ve said before that things were going to get really ugly this campaign season? Toldjah So:
Video “trackers” are a mainstay on the campaign trail nowadays. Dispatched by candidates to shadow their rivals, they lurk in the crowds and the receiving lines waiting for the opponent to slip up, then capture the embarrassing moment on camera and post it online.
But this season, Democrats are taking the practice to a new and, some say, uncomfortable level by recording the homes of some Republican incumbents.
Two of the recent targets this year have been Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci and Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble, whose homes appear in roughly 30-second video clips posted online.
“It really crosses a line,” Ribble told Fox News. “I think it’s fair game for a tracker or the other party to tape what you’re saying. But this doesn’t do anything for them or the political process. And quite frankly it really disturbed my wife.”
In the Ribble video, posted online June 18, his Wisconsin home is filmed from several different angles on a windy day. It’s unclear whether anyone was home when the video, which has no sound, was shot. The Renacci video follows the same formula — straight, raw footage of the congressman’s home posted to YouTube.
Democrats are defending the practice. They say the videos of GOP members’ homes — which are generally spacious, nice-looking dwellings — expose the fact that congressional Republicans used this session to help the wealthy and themselves.
“House Republicans have spent this entire Congress trying to hide that they’re protecting benefits for millionaires and perks for themselves instead of protecting the middle class. But we won’t let them keep it secret any longer,” said Jesse Ferguson, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Two other Republicans reportedly were the target of aggressive tracking — Rep. Mike Coffman, of Colorado, and David Valadao, a Republican in the California state Assembly. The Coffman video was posted by a group called Colorado Fair Share, though a representative with the organization could not be reached for comment. That clip shows footage of Coffman’s upscale neighborhood, and briefly shows a woman asking an apparent neighbor about Coffman’s whereabouts when he doesn’t answer the door.
Wow. (bolded emphasis above added by me)
Of course, none of this should be all that surprising considering the similar thuggish tactics used by the more militant Democrat party supporters in labor unions, ACORN, and Occupy Wall Street, who have been known to bam on the front doors of the private homes of “evil” bankers, make themselves home on their lawns, not to mention storm the lobbies of private businesses to scare customers and employees in attempts at “sending a message.”
There is a time and place to protest and question the political opposition – in front of their office, before and after public speaking engagements, via phone/email/fax, etc . Harassing them at their private home, or while they’re eating dinner at a restaurant is most definitely not one of those times. Everyone deserves some level of privacy, including celebrities and elected officials.
The level of double standards is breathtaking: Democrats demand you respect the “privacy of a woman” to make her own healthcare decisions – and will demagogue the hell out the opposition over it in hopes they eventually give up, but encourage violations of privacy when it comes to the private homes of that same opposition, saying it’s “necessary” to see how they live. This is not just “tracking” – the criminal term for it is called “STALKING.”
If the word “hypocrisy” hadn’t been invented yet, the word “Democrat” could be an easy replacement for it. This tactic is beyond disgusting and any elected Democrat or Democrat official who endorses and/or promotes it is beyond despicable. Shame on them.