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September 14, 2010

ZOMBIE FEARS STILL SURROUND ACORN.... I suspect there's a part of the population that will, forevermore, fear that ACORN will work quietly to do nefarious things. This suspicion is bolstered by the latest report from Public Policy Polling.

ACORN may not exist anymore but 20% of Americans still think (or at least say they think) it will steal the election to keep Democrats in control of Congress this fall. [...]

Perhaps the most interesting thing about all this is that only 40% of voters definitively say they think ACORN will not steal the election with another 40% saying they're not sure. I guess a lot of folks are just waiting to see if ACORN's really gone away or if it's just hiding in the bushes waiting for people to get complacent before it makes its move.

Sure, ACORN appears to be a defunct organization, but maybe that's just what ACORN wants you to think. Once those nefarious community organizers have lulled you into a false sense of security, they'll strike and destroy Western civilization.

On a more serious note, Dave Weigel raises a terrific observation today. This will be the first election cycle since the 1970s that ACORN won't exist. It'll also be the first election cycle since 2004 that Republicans do well. Ergo: "This year, Republicans will win, and I bet the myth of ACORN only grows -- that a stubborn number of Americans will think that Democrats only won the 2006 and 2008 elections because of fraud, and that James O'Keefe saved us from it."

It's going to be ugly.

Steve Benen 5:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (16)

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Or, if the Republicans do less well than expected, they've got their cover story ready.

Posted by: T-Rex on September 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

i might be wrong (always a distinct possibility) but for some reason i doubt that 20 percent of americans know that there ever was an organization known as acorn, let alone that it could steal an election from the grave.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on September 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, thanks to the FOXGoebbelsNEWS network for repeating the big lie over and over until their audience now believes the lie!

As the ghost of ACORN raises its ugly head, the story the media is missing now is Rupert Murdoch's economic ties to Dear Leader of North Korea!

Yeah, where is the press on this very salient matter - a powerful Western capitalist helping to economically prop up a rogue regime in North Korea because it wants to hawk a couple tons of North Korean video games using Western markets.

The question the FOX FRIENDS need to ask is not how unAmerican the now defuncted ACORN organization is, but rather just how many other anti-American economic deals this Murdoch guy has been cutting while trashing our nation's political discourse for all these years?!-Kevo

Posted by: kevo on September 14, 2010 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Sure, ACORN appears to be a defunct organization, but maybe that's just what ACORN wants you to think.

Ah, the hallucinogenic that ACORN dropped into the nation’s water supplies WORKED !

Posted by: Joe Friday on September 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

ACORN may not exist anymore but 20% of Americans still think (or at least say they think) it will steal the election to keep Democrats in control of Congress this fall. [...]

Keeping in mind of course, this is the same mythical 20% of Americans that still think (or at least say they think)Iraq really did have WMD's, Obama is responsible for the economic crisis of 2008, and George W. Bush is the bestest President ever.

Posted by: SWENXOF on September 14, 2010 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

I'm still trying to figure out how ACORN could have ever stolen an election.

I mean, did Fox ever actually lay out an actual mechanism that this could happen, or did they simply not bother with that little detail?

I vote for #2.

Posted by: Mark-NC on September 14, 2010 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

i think this just proves - once again - that 20% of the american public is congenitally stupid.

Posted by: mellowjohn on September 14, 2010 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

This just proves the old saw that, "great hoax from little acorns grow. . ."

Posted by: DAY on September 14, 2010 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

Well, 17% of people think the sun revolves around the earth while 3% claim not to know which revolves around which. There's your 20%.

Posted by: idlemind on September 14, 2010 at 7:26 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, Republicans, it's all true; Acorn has already sewn up the elections for Democrats. Therefore, you don't need to bother trudging to the polls in November; relax, sleep in...

Posted by: exlibra on September 14, 2010 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

This is a joke, right? Please tell me I stumbled onto the Onion's website by mistake?

Posted by: Speed on September 14, 2010 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

I am not sure what you think is a joke Speed.

Do you think Steve and/or the report from Public Policy Polling are joking about 20% of Americans believing that Acorn will steal the 2010 elections and another 40% are unsure?

Do you think we are joking when we call that position paranoid and delusion? i.e. Do you think ACORN really IS still in business or really IS going to help the Democrats steal the 2010 elections?

Or is the idea that so many of the American people are totally clueless so frightening that you would prefer to think it is a joke even though you know it isn't?

Posted by: tanstaafl on September 14, 2010 at 10:25 PM | PERMALINK

Pssst: ACORN isn't really gone. They've transformed themselves into the New Black Panther Party. Everyone knows that.

Posted by: josef on September 15, 2010 at 12:28 AM | PERMALINK

Fact is, there are people who believe that ANY election won by a Democrat is an election that was "stolen." The thought is that nobody who thinks clearly would ever vote Democrat, therefore, any Democrat win must be rigged.

Posted by: Perspecticus on September 15, 2010 at 6:44 AM | PERMALINK

I remain amazed at how quickly ACORN was 'investigated' by Congress and all of its funding removed - destroying it - all based on false accusations that have been proven false.

And yet, there has been no restoration of ACORN or its funding. It's like everyone has moved on, and this great organization was left in the dustbin of history. Where is the outrage about this?

Posted by: terraformer on September 15, 2010 at 8:48 AM | PERMALINK

New versions of ACORN are sprouting up everywhere, like CASHEW and ALMOND, using tax money for their subversive initiatives. SHOCKING story you will only see at:

http://spnheadlines.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-nut-groups-are-replacing-acorn_24.html

Peace! :-)

Posted by: Claire Voyant on September 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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