I’ve just received my umpteenth robocall from the Republican National Committee, in which “Jenny” (sometimes the name changes) explains what a horror it would be for this nation if Obama is re-elected.
They’re not the only ones, but they are the most frequent. The RNC has been calling every day, at least once per day, for weeks. The message today was targeted to seniors. It was all anti-Obama.
The nifty thing about these calls is that they include a toll-free phone number at the end. In this case, it is 1-866-940-2026. It’s one of two different contact numbers all of these RNC calls have listed.
If you call that number, you supposedly have the option of putting your name on the RNC “Do Not Call” list (this feature is automatic, too). Which I have done at least 25 times, and which hasn’t stopped the calls at all.
I got so fed up with this last week that I looked up the number of the Republican National Committee in Washington. It’s (202) 863-8500. This is what you hear when you call that:
“Good afternoon. Thank you for calling the Republican National Committee. You have reached our automated voice messaging system. Please make your choice accordingly.
I chose #5 for the Political Division. And I ended up speaking to a guy who identified himself as “Mark.”
“Mark, you don’t know me. My name is Dan. I live in Virginia. That’s a state that’s very important to you guys right now. And I am a classic “independent” voter. I’ve voted for Republicans and Democrats at EVERY level of government. By the way, the ONLY campaign I’ve every volunteered in was a Republican presidential campaign.”
“Okay,” he said. “Where are we going with this?
“Here’s where we’re going,” I said. “The RNC has been besieging my house with robocalls. They come every day, often more than once a day. They’re both annoying and intrusive.”
Then I continued.
“Every time I’ve gotten one of these, I’ve called the number at the end to put my home phone on the your Do Not Call list. But the calls keep coming. You guys won’t stop. I’ve gotten a grand total of ONE robocall from the Democrats this campaign season.
And then I gave him my home phone number.
“Mark, I’m not going to tell you who I’m going to vote FOR in the Nov. 6 election,” I said. “But I’ll promise you this: if I get ONE more of these calls from you guys, then I’m going to vote AGAINST your guy. And that’s something you don’t want to happen. Do you understand?”
“Yeah,” he replied, “and I’m sorry this is happening to you. Let me see what I can do.”
Since than call last week, I’ve received at least 10 calls from the RNC.
It leaves me wondering: Do these guys have ANY CLUE? Do they even care whether or not their guy wins in a swing state? What the hell do they think they’re doing?
Or: could it be that the Democrats (who are making barely ANY robocalls to my house) have keyed into voter anger over robocalls in a way the GOP hasn’t? Could the calls be coming from Democrats, masquerading as Republicans, hoping to stir up anger against Romney?
Because of the content of the messages, and because of Occam’s Razor, and because I don’t believe the Democrats are that clever, I sincerely doubt the latter.
But by now, Mark at RNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. ought to know who I’m going to vote AGAINST in the Nov. 6 election.
I hope they’re happy with that.