I’d Think To That: Campaign Tricks

Ted Cruz Voters I'd Think To That

The Internet is filled with think pieces from the left and think pieces from the right. Every week, I’ll be offering my unique perspective on the issues of our time. Spoiler alert: I’m correct.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, the DIE-beral PEE-dia is at it again. Last week I told you all about how they applied a vicious double standard to Donald Trump’s words. Now, they’re doing it to everyone’s favorite bud, Ted Cruz.

The Cruzmeister sent out a notice to Iowa voters that accused them of “voting violations,” and people got upset just because he made it look like a government notice that said their neighbors would learn about their voting record. Of course, this sort of campaigning is commonplace, but for some reason, Cruz Control can’t get away with it. Here are some other campaigns throughout history that used similarly radical tactics:

  • In an effort to convince the country he was already president, Dewey had fake newspapers printed up saying that he had defeated Truman. No one bothered to check and Thomas Dewey became our 33rd president.
  • When George Washington lost his bid to be elected king of England, he led a war of independence in a shrewd effort to start a whole new country where he could become president.
  • Andrew Jackson’s opponent was actually just himself in a wig so that he would win either way. It’s why they had all their debates through the mail.
  • Ronald Reagan personally went to every single voter’s house with a giant check, telling them that they had won a million dollars, but when they signed for it, it was actually a ballot.
  • Jimmy Carter included voter registration forms in Cracker Jack bags.
  • George McGovern pretended to be Santa and slid down chimneys, leaving presents under the tree. When opened, the boxes only contained McGovern merchandise.
  • Bob Dole told voters he would read all of their screenplays and give them detailed feedback if they voted for him.
  • During the 2008 campaign, President Obama entered the X-Games and became the new skateboarding champ of America. Anytime someone would ask for his autograph, he’d make it conditional upon their vote for him.
  • LBJ started Starbucks, and even today, every Starbucks drink you buy counts as a vote for Lyndon B.
  • Richard Nixon would call up individual voters and tell them he was from the future and their parents would die unless he won the election.