Democratic trackers posting videos of Republican candidates’ homes online

posted at 7:10 pm on July 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

I started this story fully expecting that it would end with a caught-in-the-act ass-covering scramble by the DCCC to blame it all on “overzealous trackers” or whatever. Of course the leadership didn’t know its opponents’ homes were being filmed, they’d say. Surely a party that spent weeks demagoging Sarah Palin for using crosshairs on a campaign map wouldn’t go and post video of politicians’ homes on YouTube. They’re cynical, but they’re not that cynical.

But no. Turns out they knew, and they’re totally fine with it.

That ratcheting up of the video surveillance game is unnerving Republicans who insist that even by political standards, it’s a gross invasion of privacy. Worse, they say, it creates a safety risk for members of Congress and their families at a time when they are already on edge after a deranged gunman shot former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords 18 months ago…

In [Reid] Ribble’s case, a clip of his northeastern Wisconsin home appeared online June 18. The soundless video — which lasts 38 seconds — is taken from a car sitting just outside the house. The shot pans across the large home, showing it from several different angles…

“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,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Jesse Ferguson wrote in an email.

Democratic officials said placing the videos on the DCCC’s website and YouTube serve a useful purpose, most notably making the footage available to friendly outside groups for use in TV commercials. That way, they don’t violate laws against coordinating with those groups.

Says New York mag, “So it’s creepy and undermining-campaign-finance-laws-y. Impressive.” I’m not posting the vids but you’ll find links at the Politico piece up top if you’re curious. The one of Ribble’s place does indeed look like stalker video, something you’d shoot if you were casing a place; the home itself is nice but not especially large or impressive, which tells you how seriously you should take the “exposing Republican wealth” excuse. (If they’re intent on crude panders aimed at class resentment, they could have stuck with publicizing their opponents’ estimated net worth.) The goal in posting this, obviously, is to intimidate, notwithstanding all the precious rhetoric devoted last January to “tone” after a horrible incident that actually had nothing to do with tone. I’m tempted to accuse them of hypocrisy, but that would require believing that the “tone” nonsense was ever meant as anything more than an opportunistic political bludgeon. Oh well.

Exit question: If you’re hot for ways to attack Republicans along wealth lines, why not do what the media does and gawk at the expensive cars and fine couture at a big Romney fundraiser, none of which you’d ever find at an Obama fundraiser?


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What else are they capable of doing to achieve their goal?

thatsafactjack on July 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Starting a flesh and blood civil war in this country. I hope I am wrong but watching the progress of the progressives doesn’t reassure me.

chemman on July 9, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Let’s not forget the republicans pioneered tracking.

Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

…we’re not talking about the “tracks” on your arms!
…we’re not talking ‘Politico’…we’re not talking your ‘Auntie Bess’…come on Orwell!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Politico claims the republicans pioneered fracking. They’ve been doing it for years.
Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

the new aesthetic on July 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Come, come now…you MUST have some sort of supporting evidence to this?

Its one thing to have a honest opposing POV…it’s another to be a naked shill in contrary to facts.

For shame.

BlaxPac on July 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Another day..and still laughing my arse off. At you.

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Politico claims the republicans pioneered sl acking. They’ve been doing it for years.
Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

the new aesthetic on July 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

No.

No signs
No bumper stickers
No cooperation with polls – just had another call 5 mins ago
No disclosure
No upturned shades
No open windows or shades

Dear God, please get us through November and then through January.

Key West Reader on July 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Key West Reader:No kidding,for your own safety!

But we knew this was going to get real

*********** UGLY VICIOUS DIRTY NASTY ********************,

because TEAM Obama and Supporters have nothing to run on,
and the HopeyFaithFul are Deluded and UpSet at Hopeys
Failures,brought on BY HIMSELF!!!!———————:)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Billo Oriely has been tracking for years. Where do you think he learned it from?

Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Ungrammatical nonsense, with no point.

massrighty on July 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Politico claims the republicans pioneered st acking. They’ve been doing it for years.
Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

the new aesthetic on July 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Politico claims the republicans pioneered tough-actin’ Tenactin . They’ve been doing it for years.
Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

the new aesthetic on July 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Come on uppereastside just say it ….I know you want to:

But you did it first!

CW on July 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Blind party loyalty knows no bounds.
 
Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

rogerb on July 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Politico claims the republicans pioneered Green Bay Packing . They’ve been doing it for years.
Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

the new aesthetic on July 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Tell upper East side (of Rochester) that when BOR does on-the-street interviews of people at their homes they fuzz out the address and make a point of saying that it’s because they don’t want to reveal home addresses.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

rogerb on July 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

A+ at data mining :)

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

He scurried away.

He’s an interesting subject though. 24 Year old male, still in study, lives nowhere NEAR NYC. Works for Politico and paid by the post.

Expect more of this foolishness. We’ve had it since July 2009. Treat it as a fur ball covered in duct tape. That’s pretty much all it is.

But please, don’t outwardly show any affiliation this year. It’s just not vogue.

Key West Reader on July 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Politico claims the republicans pioneered Ben Afflecking . They’ve been doing it for years.
Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

the new aesthetic on July 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

So,I wonder who ordered these ObamaStalkingBots,
in a Robotic/Locked-Stepped/Mind-Controlled/
manouvers!!

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

The liberals are just warming up, as we get closer and closer to November, the liberals are going to get more and more desperate. I can see the left sending occupiers to polling places especially in republican areas, they may eventually be drive off by the police, but shutting a polling place down for a few hours may be enough to discourage people from showing up to vote. Remember to the left the ends justify any means possible, we conservatives must be ready for them.

Beastdogs on July 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Hey LibFree!

If you want to do a real poll, walk into any biker bar and say, “God Bless King Obama.”

Better get out of there fast though, unless you want an education on rough.

Seriously, we are in “The Patriot” Territory. Think I jest? Declare guns illegal tomorrow and ratify that old “UN Small Arms Treaty”.

Instant civil war.

Bulletchaser on July 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

If/when Romney wins in November, aside from rooting all this leftist democrat scum from the bowels of DC (including the one’s Clinton left behind), law enforcement needs to be stepped up. Every protester, rioter, OWSer and illegal alien who breaks the law needs to be arrested and prosecuted instead of slapped on the wrist and sent home. I’ve had enough of coddling these criminals.

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Tell upper East side (of Rochester) that when BOR does on-the-street interviews of people at their homes they fuzz out the address and make a point of saying that it’s because they don’t want to reveal home addresses.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

A public interview?
Is that what it thinks is the same thing?

sharrukin on July 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I’m pretty certain they are one in the same guy.

Naturally Curly on July 9, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Oh, sorry, sometimes I get my leftist scum mixed up! :)

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Expect more of this foolishness. We’ve had it since July 2009. Treat it as a fur ball covered in duct tape. That’s pretty much all it is.

But please, don’t outwardly show any affiliation this year. It’s just not vogue.

Key West Reader on July 9, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Key West Reader:That I believe.Just imagine,undermining America,
to save,your own Political Party!:)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM

That picture is incredibly creepy.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM

The hate and the vitriole from the left is going to ratchet up to levels never before seen. They can only lie and deceive about their record so its back to their old standards of race card and class warfare. Without hate deomcrats could not exist. It is all they have and have ever had.

volsense on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Why did anyone ever imagine that Socialism wouldn’t result in violence?

logis on July 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

This probably has nothing to do with the current Fast and Furious political situation:

EDITORIAL: The U.N. is coming for your guns
Obama administration is pushing for global arms control
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/5/the-un-is-coming-for-your-guns/

Colbyjack on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Oh, sorry, sometimes I get my leftist scum mixed up! :)

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Night Owl:Lol:)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

18 months ago, Politico’s website publicly claimed their WH ownership for 72 hours. When I first saw the logo/disclaimer at the bottom of the web page I thought it would be wise to screen cap it. But I didn’t. I thought it was a joke.

If anyone can capture a cached image of Politico’s home page circa August 1, 2009 to August 15, 2009 you will see it at the bottom of its page.

Key West Reader on July 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

The democratic party has been taken over by thugs and their idiots who repeat talking points without even knowing what they are saying. Their minions will be the first to be discarded like the trash they are. If Obama will throw Miss Oprah away, what do you think will happen to his little trolls. Really, it’s funny and sad.

texanpride on July 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM

volsense on July 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

It’s there.
We know it’s there.
Don’t feed the animals.

Problem solved.

Key West Reader on July 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Oh, sorry, sometimes I get my leftist scum mixed up! :)

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Well they DO all look sound alike!

It is the same guy. Joseph Williams. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/07/08/Fired-Politico-Reporter-Denies-He-s-A-Liberal-Says-Race-Issues-Are-The-Favorite-Chew-Toy-Of-Conservatives

Naturally Curly on July 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Night Owl, I can definitely see the left rioting violently, they have a long proven history of riots and violence, if/when Romney wins. Keep the powder dry.

Beastdogs on July 9, 2012 at 8:09 PM

…when it’s done with its enema… will Upyerassideways… return to answer?
…where does that thing go all the time?

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Here’s where Elizabeth Warren lives.

profitsbeard on July 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Night Owl, I can definitely see the left rioting violently, they have a long proven history of riots and violence, if/when Romney wins. Keep the powder dry.

Beastdogs on July 9, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I see riots for sure, really looting mostly, but the damage will be a grain of sand on a beach compared to either what little Bammie has done or what he could do in four more years.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Stand or drive in front of my house….. I dare you. I would never think of doing the same. Please do so, one foot on my property and I’m out there shoving your camera in your face. I know you want that, I will accommodate. I’m tired of being a “nice” conservative.

MNDavenotPC on July 9, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Here’s where Elizabeth Warren lives.

profitsbeard on July 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Only 1/32nd of the time.

CW on July 9, 2012 at 8:16 PM

when even andrea mitchell says this has crossed a line, you know this is bad….

what a bunch of idiots.

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Like I said in another post, this is why NO ONE is being honest with pollsters. Too much risk. They’ll just head into the secret voting booth and kick this worthless POS president to the curb. And he and his media lapdogs will be oh, so surprised.

Rational Thought on July 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

And that’s why you’ll see so few Romney/Republican yard signs, bumper stickers, etc.

PatMac on July 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Progs hit rock bottom, break out the shovels.

ZK on July 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

What else are they capable of doing to achieve their goal?

thatsafactjack on July 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Starting a flesh and blood civil war in this country. I hope I am wrong but watching the progress of the progressives doesn’t reassure me.

chemman on July 9, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Well, the left might have a few well armed members who act alone to advance their socialist cause, but the right has the military and millions of well trained gun enthusiasts willing to band together to defend the and restore the country they love. I doubt the lefties could organize any type of coordinated offensive. They would spend too much time developing a plan that includes everyone and doesn’t ruffle the sensibilities of the LBGTQSTLMNOP crowd.

tdarrington on July 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Stalking like this is nothing new for Dems. There was that ‘reporter’ who moved close to the Palins to watch their every move, even going though their garbage.

There there were the ‘reporters’ scouring video stores near Robert Bork’s house to learn what kind of movies he might have been renting.

Liam on July 9, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Slick Willie 2001 I agree, the damage Obama has done to this country in 3.5 years is going to take years to undo, but it will pale in comparison to the destruction Obama will do, if the American people are stupid enough to give him another term, freedom and liberty will be dead, living only as a distant memory. I believe it was Reagan who once said: freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. keep the powder dry.

Beastdogs on July 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

when even andrea mitchell says this has crossed a line, you know this is bad….

what a bunch of idiots.

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM

…oh oh!…when the pond scum…is telling the scum they’ve screwed up the pond…they are skin eating e coli!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

:)

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 8:31 PM

brownshirts

John the Libertarian on July 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

They better wake up to the fact an aweful lot of us are tired of their crap.

wolly4321 on July 9, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Night Owl, I can definitely see the left rioting violently, they have a long proven history of riots and violence, if/when Romney wins. Keep the powder dry.

Beastdogs on July 9, 2012 at 8:09 PM

They need to be put in their place.

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Swatting?

Dr Evil on July 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Identifying the houses is only level one. Level two is demonstrating on the front lawn with SEUI thugs, like they did to the President of Bank of America with his 14 year old son the only one home. Level three is a Fatwa issued by the Black Panthers, like what happened to Zimmerman.

It is going to get a lot worse.

Bulletchaser on July 9, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Swatting?

Dr Evil on July 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

From what I understand, it is calling the police and telling them there is a hostage situation at the target’s house, presumably to get the police to show up with a SWAT team and either kill the target or at least scare the poop out of them. There is some guy in particular, funded by democrat/leftists who is doing it to conservative bloggers.

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Billo Oriely has been tracking for years. Where do you think he learned it from?

Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:35 PM

60 Minutes. Dan Rather.

Next!

ajacksonian on July 9, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Alinsky said give them things they enjoy doing. This is fun for them…just like the harassment of the Prop 8 people

r keller on July 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Did the uber liberal ever move out of that house near Palin?

CW on July 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Do liberals still break into bank owned homes and squat?

CW on July 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

This is along the same line as picking on Sarah’s clothes bought by the RNC. Mooch can wear $500 tennis shoes but let a repub live in a big house and it makes front pages. This class envy is really wearing thin.

Kissmygrits on July 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Bulletchaser on July 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I only hope you’re right, because it’s coming and I’d hate to see us roll over like Australia.

Cleombrotus on July 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

If I were the RNC, I’d fight fire with fire. New RNC ad to run in all 50 states…

“In Hitler’s Germany, brown-shirts were asked to report on their neighbors…”
[video of nazi's hauling out people]

“In Stalin’s Soviet Union, comrades were asked to report on their neighbors…”
[video of gulag]

“In the USA, Democrats are now reporting on neighbors…”
[videos of spying on Republican donors with subtext underneath]

“The Democratic party has urged followers to invade people’s privacy and videotape their houses with implied threats of violence… all because they dared to exercise their 1st Amendment Rights. Are these the type of people that should control the reigns of power. After all, how much further would they take this power?…”

Obama: “What Washington needs is adult supervision.”

“Yes Mr. President, we agree with you. Vote Romney in November!”

[In soft tones, with phone number]
“Call the DNCC right now and demand that they stop these obscene tactics!”

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Swatting?

Dr Evil on July 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

From what I understand, it is calling the police and telling them there is a hostage situation at the target’s house, presumably to get the police to show up with a SWAT team and either kill the target or at least scare the poop out of them. There is some guy in particular, funded by democrat/leftists who is doing it to conservative bloggers.

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Swatting is where a person with a specially configured IP phone makes a call to 911. The phone is configured to emulate the phone number of the target. The caller then tells the 911 operator that he has shot his wife and is going to kill their children.

The SWAT team shows up ready to shoot to kill…

Which is what I’m sure the original caller hopes for.

Yes, this has actually happened to at least one conservative blogger. They interrogated him, his wife, and children for over an hour after they burst through his door and held him at gunpoint, ready to shoot first. Luckily, he didn’t make any sudden moves and lived to tell about it.

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Let’s not forget the republicans pioneered tracking.

Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Remember, on your head, use two layers.

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Here’s a link to Patterico’s SWATTing experience.

Read the account. Listen to the audio. Very scary…

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I noted this in the headlines, I think it is telling that Politico thinks this is some kind of moral equivalency.

Republicans aren’t exactly innocent naifs when it comes to campaign tracking. The GOP hit political gold in 2010, when then-North Carolina Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge grabbed and yelled at several camera-wielding interns for the National Republican Congressional Committee who had stopped him on the street.

Yep, this is exactly the same thing as hanging out at people’s homes./

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60oNUoHBYM

Cindy Munford on July 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM

because they are, collectively, sociopaths.they enable and affirm one another in their sociopathic tendencies.

only a sociopath would stalk a person in this fashion. like only a sociopath would, say, SWAT a family or, say, randomly plant bombs about or indulge romantic/sexual feelings for a child… or, say, have said child’s objecting, concerned grandmother killed…

mittens on July 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Okay, you explained it better than me, thanks.

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Yet another new low for the despicable Democrat Party.

Why don’t they just come out of the closet already and rename the Democrat Party to what it really is – The Fascist Party.

I’m sure the posting of the Republican candidates’ homes wasn’t intended to have a chilling effect. Rather, they knew that the Brownshirt wing of their Party, the SEIU & NEA, can’t find their butts with their own hands so they need to be guided to their targets by their Big Brother.

CatchAll on July 9, 2012 at 11:00 PM

AP: They are Democrats, not Democratics. Nothing democratic about them, stop letting them shape the narrative.

AZfederalist on July 9, 2012 at 11:08 PM

18 months ago, Politico’s website publicly claimed their WH ownership for 72 hours. When I first saw the logo/disclaimer at the bottom of the web page I thought it would be wise to screen cap it. But I didn’t. I thought it was a joke.

If anyone can capture a cached image of Politico’s home page circa August 1, 2009 to August 15, 2009 you will see it at the bottom of its page.

Key West Reader on July 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Well, there’s always the Wayback Machine, but it shows “Capitol News Company LLC” during that time… maybe a different set of dates?

sockpuppetpolitic on July 9, 2012 at 11:13 PM

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

That needs to be a real ad!

Sterling Holobyte on July 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM

They need to be put in their place.

Night Owl on July 9, 2012 at 8:42 PM

As racist as that sounds, that is the long and short of it…

We’re seeing the end result of multiple generations of “spare the rod and spoil the child”, mollycoddling in the schools, and an outdated, overloaded legal system. An increasingly large part of the populace that acts like spoiled toddlers, up to and including literally running riot in the streets.

MelonCollie on July 10, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Desperate people do desperate things and a compliant media can make those desperate acts appear reasonable. The MSM is committing suicide and since I can do nothing to stop them, I’m content to watch them do it. They will be replaced and will not be missed.

SKYFOX on July 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

That’s a good idea that won’t be acted upon because the GOP idea people are afraid to fight the fascists.

Sporty1946 on July 10, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Time for some GOP folks to hire security firms to protect them.
I suggest the firm of Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson would be appropriate.

Art on July 10, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Republicans aren’t exactly innocent naifs when it comes to campaign tracking. The GOP hit political gold in 2010, when then-North Carolina Democratic Rep. Bob Etheridge grabbed and yelled at several camera-wielding interns for the National Republican Congressional Committee who had stopped him on the street.

Um, er, is two ‘several’ and the criminal assault (culminating in a comedic headlock attempt) is ‘ grabbing’. How convenient to restate the facts. (a cursory search has failed to document the connection between the ‘students’ with the NRCC)

Well, turn about is fair play… Let the lefty trackers become punching bags for thirty seconds…

socalcon on July 10, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Let’s not forget that if garbage like myself could just man up, and show pride at expressing my backwards Marxist ideas, none of this would be necessary.

Uppereastside on July 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Fixed, for leftist cowardly trash everywhere.

MNHawk on July 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM

In Maryland, the police warn you not to put an anti-Obama or pro-Romney sticker on your car. Your car will be vandilized.

Portia46 on July 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Again you live by the sword you die by the sword. It not that you will meet a better swords person but rather that you have no complaint when you fall to your weapon of choice.

In this case intimidation, but what the left does not understand is that they are protected by their enemies’ civility. What will happen when they get the same treatment? Further if what they say about their enemies is true, then they are running the risk of personal violence.

Their enemies understand one tactic that they don’t: when you have enemies you leave them where you find them.

Denver Bob on July 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

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