(IP) 8/10/00 Republicans throughout the land are developing the
perception that their candidate is lagging far behind Al Gore in many
polls, and also questioning whether their man, who appeared in the
recent televised debate to lack sufficient "gray matter" to carry the
USA ball on the international playing field, have begun an internet
campaign to slander Vice President Gore (though some experts have dubbed
the practice libelous rather than slanderous since the rumors have
appeared in print) by publishing unsustantiated rumors on the internet
under the subject line "Gore lies" or "Gore fibs", a technique perfected
by the Republicans during the "dirty tricks" campaign orchestrated under
the ill-fated regime of Richard Nixon and his cohorts.
As an example one has only to log onto ArtsEdNet, a listserve sponsored
by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, to read the recent spate of posts
under the subject line "Gore fibs" and the like to note the attempt of
Republican party faithfuls to sway the votes of our nation's
underpaid/unappreciated/ and dare we say unloved? art instuctors away
from Vice President Gore to the camp of Gov. Bush.
Will this technique work? We will have to wait until November to know.
But given the American penchant for getting "down and dirty" with our
public figures--there's no reason to suspect that it might not sway many
individuals toward their candidate; perhaps even as "the lesser of two
evils" even among a group as pure of heart and mind as the art
instructors on the Getty ArtsEdNet listserv.