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Obama’s Going Out of Business Sale

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 23:02 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

A few weeks ago, I signed up for email alerts from the Obama re-election campaign. I’m not interested in helping re-elect him; I’m not even interested in what his campaign has to say in periodic emails to his supporters. (And by “periodic,” I mean daily. At least.)

The reason I signed up was because I learned, via Glenn Reynolds, that people who signed up would be entered into a drawing to attend the Democratic National Convention and sit with the First Lady. Unlike previous such drawings, this one did not require a campaign donation to enter. I figured that on the off chance that I was picked, it would be fun to give Mrs. Obama a piece of my mind for a few minutes.

Now that they have my email address (an alternate address, just in case they sell their list and I end up on a slew of other lists), I get in my inbox what supporters get: requests for donations. They come from the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, campaign officials, even that Georgetown University graduate student who thinks that everyone else should pay for her birth control pills. All the messages contain one or more of these themes:

  • The Republicans are raising more money than we are! Send us money!
  • If we lose, we won’t be able to finish the important work we started in 2008! Send us money!
  • Republicans hate women! Send us money!
  • Mitt Romney is a lying liar! Send us money!
  • We need lots of money before midnight tonight! Send us money!

What they always ask for, by the way, is “a contribution of $3 or more,” although one email, which must have been sent when they were feeling especially desperate, asked for $5 or more. Sometimes they don’t say anything else except “send money.”

Yesterday’s message was a little different. The subject was “25% OFF everything in the store!”

Obama store 25% off sale

All I could think of is, “Going-out-of-business sale!”

Seriously, Team O must be in a hell of a bind if they have to discount their campaign merchandise to get people to buy it. But should we be surprised? They also spent last week and weekend going into bars around Charlotte, North Carolina, giving away convention tickets because they were afraid of having empty seats (a la Clint Eastwood? Heh!) at Obama’s re-nomination acceptance speech. Today they finally gave up and moved the speech to a much smaller indoor venue, ostensibly because of the weather, a factor that didn’t deter them four years ago. They may be stupid, but they aren’t too stupid to read the hand writing on the wall.

In case you’re wondering, by the way, I didn’t buy anything at the campaign store. I do have standards.

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