While this doesn’t surprise me, it does infuriate me. Kucinich and Gravel left out of the polling, locked out of debates, doesn’t sound like democracy to me. And we wonder why people don’t know the names of all the candidates. It’s a corporate run empire in which we live. For shame. ~ Lo
By Manila Ryce
The Largest Minority
Published Monday, September 24th, 2007, 5:38 am
Vinca at Democratic Underground seems to have stumbled upon just one of the many tactics used to keep Dennis Kucinich’s poll ratings consistently around 1 percent.
My New Hampshire phone rings (caller ID 000-000-0000 WTF?)and I pick it up out of curiosity. “This is (talking like a magpie so I haven’t got a clue what the name of the company is)Research. Would you like to be part of a poll for the Democratic presidential primary candidate?” I agree and the woman rapidly reads the list of candidates. “Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Dodd, Biden and Richardson.” I say, “Kucinich.” The woman on the phone says “Who?” I say, “Kucinich. Dennis Kucinich.” I hear coaching in the background – apparently the call is being monitored. “I’m sorry, but Dennis Kucinich is not on our list. Is there anyone on the list I gave you who you would vote for?”
So there you have it. Kucinich is down in the polls because he isn’t included in the polls . . . and you can forget about Gravel, too.
Hat tip to Blue Gal for sending this to me in a fit of rage and a seemingly stuck “u” on her keyboard (judging by the misspelled obscenity as the subject line).
It’s time we make some major noise about this bullshit. Send this information out. Let your friends and family know exactly what these enemies of democracy are doing to hijack the presidency yet again. At best, this is treason. At worst, it’s simple maintenance of a well established corporate coup. Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are the only two Democrats who even come close to properly representing the American people and not corporate America. A revolution was once fought in this country over a lack of representation.