Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cruising the Web

Would this sort of pitch make you want to give money to the Obama campaign? They're now sending out letters with a list of the donations a person has made to the campaign and then asking for more.
The Obama campaign is now resorting to bill-collector language to rouse folks on its email list who haven’t donated — a tactic that’s sparked some sharp blowback even among supporters.

A campaign email sent over the weekend provides the recipients with their customized “online giving history” that includes a 10-digit “supporter ID number.” That’s followed by a list of the recipient’s “most recent online donation” and “total amount donated online.”

“It looks like you haven't made an online donation to the campaign yet,” the email continues. “If you were waiting for the last minute, you're pretty much there.”
People might be impressed by the personalized nature of the letter, but I bet that a healthy percentage of such recipients would be creeped out by the information and resent the hard push for money. A presidential candidate shouldn't sound like a bill collector.

Of course, such a contemptuous attitude towards his potential voters isn't unique for the Obama team. Michelle Obama told voters to reach out to "that student sitting next to you in class. You know he's kind of a knucklehead." There's a slogan, "Knuckleheads for Obama."

Colorado could be the state that wins it for Romney.

On the same day that Obama claimed that "We got back every dime" of our bailout of the banks, the CBO reports that the bailout will lose $24 billion.

For every person added to the labor force since Obama took office, ten people have been added to those who have left the labor force.

Politico highlights five unmet promises of Barack Obama. Jim Geraghty has a much longer list.

Mitt Romney spent 57.9% of his income on taxes and charity.

Robert Costa has an interesting background look at Paul Ryan's prep for his debate and how his Biden stand-in, Ted Olson, mimicked Biden's sneering ridicule to help Ryan accustom himself to such behavior and master the mature dismissal.

The real contrast of women under threat is between Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year old Pakistani schoolgirl shot for desiring to go to school and Sandra Fluke. Who is really the victim of an actual war on women?

Now that President Obama has revealed himself to be the Wizard of Oz who was really the little man behind the curtain, can he ever recover his aura of genius? And we shouldn't have been surprised at Obama's stumblles in the first debate.