France’s socialist presidential candidate, Segolene Royal, prophesized violence if right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy wins:
“On the last day of official campaigning, opinion polls showed Sarkozy enjoyed a commanding lead over Royal, who accused the former interior minister of lying and polarizing France.
“Choosing Nicolas Sarkozy would be a dangerous choice,” Royal told RTL radio. “It is my responsibility today to alert people to the risk of (his) candidature with regards to the violence and brutality that would be unleashed in the country (if he won),” she said. Pressed on whether there would be actual violence, Royal said: “I think so, I think so,” referring specifically to France’s volatile suburbs hit by widespread rioting in 2005.”
This sounds very much like the U.S. Republican tactic of 2004, when Vice President Cheney prophesized that a vote for Democrats would make terrorist attacks in America more likely:
“Vice President Dick Cheney says the United States will risk another terrorist attack if voters make the wrong choice on Election Day, suggesting Sen. John Kerry would follow a pre-Sept. 11 policy of reacting defensively.
“It’s absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we’ll get hit again and we’ll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States,” Cheney told supporters at a town-hall meeting Tuesday.”
And politicians wonder why the citizenry gets disgusted with politics. Royal’s and Cheney’s scare tactics are the worst politics has to offer. And, please note, that the use of these scare tactics are NOT the domain of any particular political ideology: both left and right are capable.