Freedom’s Watch, the Ari Fleischer outfit that is now being advised by Karl Rove, is running robocalls against vulnerable Democratic freshmen and challengers, trying to pin the high cost of gas on them.

As if.

So Blue America got Mike Farrell (of M*A*S*H fame) to record robcalls in the districts of five targeted progressives in order to counter them:

Hi, this is Mike Farrell with an apology and a message.  I know these calls can be annoying and I’m sorry to impose, but I agree with Blue America that a reality check is needed.

You may have gotten a call from a group called Freedom’s Watch about gas prices.  They’re fronting for Karl Rove and billionaires who want to pin the high cost of gas on Linda Stender and New Jersey’s 14 cent gas tax.

Freedom’s Watch is actually a group of Bush supporters desperate to keep your eye off the Iraq war and the saber rattling aimed at Iran that national security experts say has added more than TWO DOLLARS to the price at the pump.

Bombing oil fields drives gas prices up. That’s just reality. The billionaires at Freedom’s Watch need to elect more Republicans who’ll take more of our money at the pump. Electing Democrats like Linda Stender is their worst nightmare.  Let’s keep THEM up at night for a change, Vote Linda Stender for Congress.

As Chris Cillizza writes this morning in the Washington Post:

National Democrats have long warned that it is Freedom’s Watch, not the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, that poses the greatest threat to maximizing their gains at the ballot box this fall.

Is Blue America’s robo-call campaign the start of something bigger or just a lone voice in the wilderness?

Here is the list of candidates on whose behalf we’re making calls:  

  • CT-05 Chris Murphy
  • ME-01 Tom Allen
  • WI-08 Steve Kagen
  • NJ-03 John Adler
  • NJ-07 Linda Stender

We’re going to continue to help progressive candidates defend against these attacks.  As for the Democrats who voted for FISA, in favor of war funding and bad energy policy? 

Maybe they can call their telecom and Big Oil donors for help.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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