Sadly, I think this election may be one of the more violent in recent memory, judging from this truly reprehensible tactic being adopted by some Democrat operatives:
While most serious campaigns on both sides use campaign trackers — staffers whose job is to record on video every public appearance and statement by an opponent — House Democrats are taking it to another level. They’re now recording video of the homes of GOP congressmen and candidates and posting the raw footage on the Internet for all to see.
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.
Wisconsin GOP Rep. Reid Ribble who said he’s also been followed by a cameraman when shopping for groceries, said the home videos cross a line.
“I feel it’s totally inappropriate,” said Ribble, a freshman facing a competitive race for reelection. “It was disturbing to me that they would put that online. I don’t understand any political benefit that can be achieved with that.”
Go here to Politico to read the rest. Leave aside the invasion of personal privacy that even politicians are entitled to for their families, what possible political purpose is served by posting these videos on the internet? Aren’t such postings an open invitation for some deranged wacko in internetland to go to the candidate’s house in pursuit of mayhem? This is yet another step down the road of transforming politics in this country into something akin to a low-level civil war with almost no boundaries of decency. Someone is going to die in this campaign if this is the level to which political tactics are falling.