Sunday, April 02, 2006

Mac - Was This Your Idea of An April Fool's Joke?

I have in front of me two pieces of mail. Before I describe them let me say that I am registered a Republican. I feel (these days) that I need to explain why I haven't changed that, since the GOP currently doesn't represent my take on the issues. See, in this state there is a "modified closed primary" which means that if I'm registered for a party, that's the party ballot I vote for in the primary. I could 'decline to state' and vote for almost any candidate (it's a bit complex but you can read about it here), but I feel my vote is better spent in the Republican primary race.

Now, to the letters. One has a big window across the top of a 5.5x8.5 envelope through which one can read these words: "Special Notice for [Here it gives the name I use generally and which is a legal alias, but it's not my full legal name] You have been selected to represent [my town] in the 2006 Grassroots Survey of (get this) Democratic Leaders. Survey document registerd in your name are enclosed."

Huh? Democratic Leader - moi? Since when and how? The return address is the DNC in Washington, D.C. Inside I am addressed by Howard Dean as "Dear Fellow Democrat" Sigh.

But it's letter number two that gets me the most. It's from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. She's sent me a special message on behalf of DSCC - "Committed to Electing a Democratic Senate"

Both of these letters want my money. I don't even give it to the GOP. Why would I give it to them? My dollars don't have any influence against the dollars from the PAC's and other groups. hmph.

So, I gotta ask, Mac, did you send them my name??? I'd say you got your revenge for the avatar prank, if you did. The only other explanation I can come up with is that my recent subscription to either Writer's Digest or The Atlantic Monthly has somehow flagged me as a Democrat and one of those magazines is selling their subscription list. If that's the case, I'm pissed at them royal. If it's Mac, I think it's hysterical and it makes me wanna give her noogies.

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emeraldcite said...

LOL! We got one of those! It was addressed to my wife. We're both "Democrat" since you can no longer register "Independent" in Florida. I think it's now "No Party."

No Party? No Thanks.

I like to vote in primaries. I'm politically moderate, socially liberal. Don't know what the hell party that would be, but it certainly not democrat or republican anymore.

AstonWest said...

If you're undeclared here, I don't believe you can vote in the primaries (for party candidates).

Dawno said...

em - me too! When I take any of those political spectrum quizzes I end up squarely in the Libertarian camp - or "You are Ayn Rand" :-)

aston - lots of places are like that with closed primaries - the modified open primary is kind of new to Calif.

D.T. Kelly said...

Sorry, but I laughed!

Dawno said...

Dan - you should! It's very funny.

Mac said...

Is it safe to poke my head up yet? *grin*

Dawno said...

Hee Hee Mac - I'm glad you finally showed up to read this! ((hugs))