Political trackers: second oldest profession?

Having run for political office I am very familiar with the practice of having opposition “trackers” follow you to events in order to record your words and actions and use them against you later. Once upon a time, trackers were brave men who chased down criminals and villains — not quite the same today (although I suppose it depends whose side you’re on).

Lately it seems there is no level too low for political trackers to stoop. According to Alexis Levinson writing for The Daily Caller,

Democratic opposition research organization American Bridge apologized on Monday for sending someone to follow New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte at a funeral this weekend, after a reporter and the New Hampshire Republican party attacked them for the move.

In a statement posted on the NHGOP website, state GOP Chair Jennifer Horn called it “disgusting that a Democrat-affiliated group like American Bridge would politicize a memorial service and use this non-partisan event to try and score cheap political points.”

In response, American Bridge tweeted an apology shortly thereafter, “As a matter of policy, we do not attend those types of events. There was a miscommunication with our staff on the ground in NH. We sincerely apologize & regret the error. Our staff has addressed the issue internally in order to ensure this never happens again.”

Fair enough, but this isn’t a story you’ll ever hear about in the mainstream media. You can only imagine if the roles were reversed, it would be breaking news on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS, and of course MSNBC.

It was my standard practice to identify these trackers and turn the tables on them, exposing them for who they are. I recall during a veterans event, some of my staunch motorcycle-riding supporters and combat veterans decided to “escort” a tracker from the event. He was not invited and they really were offended by his presence — we never saw him again.

Some trackers even lie, such as the motley crew from a San Francisco group called CREDO who decided to attend one of our town hall meetings. Afterwards they came up and attempted to deceive me by saying, “Congressman West, we have been long-time admirers” before they unleashed their tirade. I just took it as further evidence of the low and despicable state of political affairs in America.

Yes, both sides conduct this practice. I wish it were not so and would end, but in the era of character assassination politics, it is all too commonplace. Perhaps if we had a political system that stressed competence and the ability to articulate the issues and solutions based upon sound policy principles, this practice would not be necessary. However, since we have an immediate sound bite mentality among our electorate and a media that feeds on the sensational rather than the truth, I don’t think this will end.

A liar for a president, trackers at funeral services — welcome to the abhorrent lows of liberal progressives. Is it any wonder who is behind the attack on the national character of America?

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genann59
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The CREDO people are with CREDO phone company, which says it is the largest phone service that serves the progressive community, and in which one percent of all phone bills go to serve progressive causes. I think they are part of the Sprint service since their phones are all sprint phones, and their directory service is also Sprint directory service. They organize protests against Conservatives and conservative causes and organize write-in protests as well as urging their members to flood Congress with calls and letters and emails for progressive causes.

Eric Domejean
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I guess they could sink lower, by registering as Republincas

cabinetguy88888
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Must have gone to a ” public ” school. A democ-rat AND a bad speller. tisk=tisk

akatom3565
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Would have been funnier if you could spell Republican right,

Patrick Fallon
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akatom3565 if the best you have is to talk about some one spelling on here hardly worth the time

akatom3565
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Then how about this Patrick it should be someones spelling right? I could have taken a shot at him and called him a name. Instead I said something funny, he has the right to his own opinion whether I like it or not. I looked through your opinions and run on sentences. Maybe we can debate being a cop versus being a prison guard.

Patrick Fallon
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ok your turn

Eric Domejean
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Touche

Big_Jake
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Republincas… brilliant! Enough said. Hurry and edit the spelling error.

akatom3565
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Maybe we need to bring back duels 🙂

archangel
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F*** that, hand to hand combat. Gladiator style. The whole electoral process starts off, pool all candidates, polygraph them, multiple times, live. Then, an extensive barrage of psychological evaluations conducted by third party, non affiliated companies, physical fitness tests, public debates, complete background checks (from birth until present: If they stole a stick of bubblegum, cheated on a test, snorted a line, all public knowledge), all live. Require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and, at a minimum, of 5 years in the military (McCains and Kerrys need not apply). No corporate monies can be donated to the candidates, has… Read more »
Big_Jake
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LOL! Then I bet EVERY Progressive would be pro-‘assault weapon’.

akatom3565
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Lol that would still prove the fact spray and pray doesn’t beat one well aimed shot!

thinkingabovemypaygrade
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thinkingabovemypaygrade

quote “…since we have an immediate sound bite mentality among our electorate and a media that feeds on the sensational rather than the truth, I don’t think this [political tracking] will end…”

Unfortunately too many votors are like minnows. Flash a soundbyte at them and they will quickly turn as a “school” to follow in the new direction…

Jim C
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“in the era of character assassination politics” – well that’s what most of your posts are doing to Obama. Double standard?

Gary Iampaglia
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Is it that difficult to stick to the point??? Liberals can never address an issue. Why is that???

Ty
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Obama is doing that all by himself. Nobody need worsen his character. Mr west merely states the fact for ignorant people like you who have your liberal a—rse up obamas backside.

Jim C
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– I’m not a liberal.
– I read West because he is articulate
– I am not an Obama fan. Did not vote for him.
– I’m just observing that in this case, West is doing exactly what he is deploring. He goes on to talk about sound bites. West lives and breathes soundbites.
– If the best you can do is call names, then the hope of intelligent discourse appears to be impossible.

Ty
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If you are who you say you are, then you should be able to see the difference between someone who uses facts to backup their rhetoric. This isn’t tit for tat, it’s calling liberals out for their unethical political practice. l’ve never read anything from Mr West that wasn’t based on research, and wasn’t researchable in order to backup his statement. If this is your gripe, in that, it’s nothing more than double standards when anyone calls their opponent out, then you’ve lost touch with reality. The bottom line here is that the liberal party bases their message on scorn… Read more »
fntsmk
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You’re joking, right? We’re talking about the liar-in-chief here. A criminal, not a respectable, honorable human being.

Estella Bunny Howe
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It is not “character assassination” if it is the truth; a fact. And, if you feel offended by the truth, maybe it is up to you to do something about it.

bigmike
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Saying Obama is a liar is not character assassination it is the truth. To say he is incompetent is the truth, to say he takes a lot of vacations, his foreign policy is a joke all truths.

Jim C
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Vacations: true – just as true for all presidents.
Foreign policy is a joke – that’s an opinion. People seem to confuse truths with opinions. I long for Bush Sr days when we actually had someone who knew foreign policy. Been a mess since then.

K Scott
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Right. If the question his ability to tell the truth, then they just need to revisit his speeches…

Patrick Fallon
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you see i never hate any one when you do that you leave no room for the devil

Timothy-Allen Albertson
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Timothy-Allen Albertson

Well, what can be expect from Democrats–they are just following the example of their fellow Democrats Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church and disrupting funerals. BTW, in my mind, prostitutes are much more decent and honest people who contribute much more to society than these trackers.

guy r west
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you know it seems to me that you don’t have to have a perfect spelling score or English glamor to read and under stand what’s going on with our government and our so called reperisentives like Reid Obama McConnell and a couple others who seemingly spew hate filled invectives’ at any one who disagrees with them and what they do to our country. and I know I’ve had several people critise me for my spelling and so forth ok but ime going too bet I still got my point across ..pointing fingers isn’t going to straighten our country its lack… Read more »