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Quick shots: Fears and demons in midterms

  • Erick Erickson: Conservatives are concerned about military ballots being counted
  • He says they worry that some GOP members in Congress are rooting against Sharron Angle
  • Roland Martin: Republicans perfected technique of demonization in politics
  • He says Democrats are demonizing U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Karl Rove this year

Editor's note: There are 19 days to go before voters cast ballots in the hotly contested midterm elections. In this special feature, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

Erick Erickson is the editor-in-chief of the conservative website

Roland Martin is a syndicated columnist and author of "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House." He is a commentator for TV One Cable network and host of a Sunday morning news show.

Erickson: What the right is worried about


Two stories are percolating for conservatives across America today and setting their outlook for November.

First, in parts of New York and Illinois, military voters have the potential to be disenfranchised. Overseas ballots from military personnel could be decisive in several close races, and conservatives already suspect that Democrats don't want military votes counted.

Second, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is pulling money from states to send to Majority Leader Harry Reid. The left is encouraging money be pulled from West Virginia after the Democratic candidate there, endorsed by the foreign agent known as the Chamber of Commerce, came out against cap and trade and for gun rights.

It appears instead the money will come from Missouri and elsewhere to save Reid. The question conservatives are asking themselves today is whether the National Republican Senatorial Committee will reciprocate. The right is deeply suspicious that many Republicans on the Hill are privately rooting for a Sharron Angle defeat.

Martin: Democrats finally realize that demonization works


For years, Republicans portrayed Hillary Clinton as the wicked witch of the West Wing, using her name to raise funds locally and nationally.

Even though there was no truth that former Vice President Al Gore said he invented the internet, that lie didn't prevent his name from being used to drive GOP voters to the polls.

And all last summer we witnessed Sarah Palin and media blowhards such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity trumpet "death panels" as part of the health care reform bill.

So we shouldn't be surprised at seeing Democrats blasting Karl Rove and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for using foreign funds for campaign commercials. Even though there has been considerable pushback against the charge, with even media outlets reporting there isn't anything to back it up, the Democrats will not stop.

Lying, or even stretching the truth for political reasons, works. People buy into it, and begin to ask questions of the side being hit.

So as we sit less than three weeks out, don't expect Democrats to back off. Why not? If a lot of voters bought into the death panel lie, why won't this work?

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